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Hans Landis: Swiss Anabaptist Martyr in Seventeenth-Century Documents as transcribed and
translated by James Lowry, with Dr. David J. Rempel Smucker Ph.D. and noted Author John L.
Ruth, co-editors. Published by the Ohio Amish Library, 2003. 248 pp. USD$14.95. (cloth).
The memory of Hans Landis, a rugged Anabaptist farmer living a half-day's walk from
the city of Zurich, Switzerland, remains alive among Mennonites and Amish nearly four
centuries after his execution for his faith in 1614. His story is breifly given in the
Martyrs Mirror and a martyr ballad in the Ausbund. A hymn and tune bearing his name is
commonly used among the Amish.
This source book offers more extensive information about the work, court trials, and death
of Hans Landis, as well as an insight into the religious, social, and political atmosphere
of that time. It presents twenty-five documents in careful transcription from the
original languages and in English translation, plus the facsimile and translation of a
martyr ballad. All relate to the life, death and legacy of Hans Landis. They include the
verbatim transcripts of vigorous theological discussions between the authorites and
Landis, eyewitness accounts of his beheading, and reports of the subsequent harrassment of
his widow and family.
The documents are replete with names of Zurich Anabaptists and their location of
residence. Some of these materials have not been in print since 1672 or have received
only partial attention in publications.
This book may be ordered from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's Book Shoppe
in Lancaster, PA. For US mail orders, add USD$3.50 postage/handling for the first copy
and USD$1.00 for each additional copy. Pennsylvania Residents add $1.11 sales tax per
Mail orders to: Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Book Shoppe, Attn: Gerry Hurt,
2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602-1499. Card orders may be phoned to: (717)
393-9745. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, and Novus/Discover
If visiting in person, the bookstore hours: Tuesday, - Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.