By George von der Lippe, V. Reck-Malleczewen
A defining paintings within the "Inner Emigration" literary move, Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen's heritage of the Münster Anabaptists used to be written in 1937 as a feedback of the Nazi regime. This English translation comprises records, scholarly essays, and an in depth creation.
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Jan-Peter Barbian confirms the possibility of such scenarios in his recent study Literaturpolitik im “Dritten Reich” (1995). Perhaps a censor chose to assume that it was all directed against Bolshevism, which indeed it was to a certain extent, but in Reck-Malleczewen’s mind Bolshevism was equated to Nazism. In any case, it was a courageous act to write and publish such a work. Reck-Malleczewen eventually paid dearly for his antifascist stance. He was denounced to the Gestapo, arrested and taken to the Dachau concentration camp, where he died in February of 1945.
The same word also designates the uppermost part of the thigh. Die Stute is a mare 14 A HISTORY OF T HE MÜNST ER ANABA P T IST S 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. or female horse; Rothmann’s colorful nickname was most probably intended to suggest the “stud” who services any number of fillies. Bishop Franz von Waldeck (1491–1553) was a bishop by dint of politics, not religion. He was anything but a devout Catholic, his reputation being that of a pursuer of wine and women, if not song. He already had a wife and mistress, numerous children, and an illegitimate son when he was appointed Bishop of Münster in 1532 and was mandated by Emperor Charles (Karl) V to quell the Anabaptist uprising.
Widmann [Münster, Germany: Verlag der Aschendorffschen Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1929]) the most comprehensive work on the Anabaptists of Münster, but it is predominantly not a first-hand account, as he and other Catholics and Lutherans refusing to be baptized had been banished from the city at the beginning of the Anabaptist reign. His work is understandably characterized by an overwhelming bias against the Anabaptists and particularly against Bockelson. Heinrich Krechting (ca. 1501–1580) was among the nobility that were drawn to Münster’s Anabaptist enclave and one of the few males to survive the fall of the city in 1535.