A history of the Mu?nster Anabaptists: Inner Emigration and by George von der Lippe, Viktoria Reck-Malleczewen

By George von der Lippe, Viktoria Reck-Malleczewen

A defining paintings within the "Inner Emigration" literary circulate, Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen's heritage of the M?nster Anabaptists used to be written in 1937 as a feedback of the Nazi regime. This English translation comprises files, scholarly essays, and an in depth creation.

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My youngest sister was one year old then. According to Mother it was the Bavarian policeman who had accompanied the SS who had talked them out of it. Bavarians in the remote area where we lived were mostly not all too fond of Hitler and his minions. It appeared that the SS could not afford to make enemies in that isolated place. I am not sure, but it seems to me that those of my generation belonging to either side of the opposing parties, the children of camp victims and those of Nazi leaders alike, suffer a very similar form of isolation.

In any case, it would appear that husband Johann Wiggers was an impediment to his wife’s plans and needed to be removed (Kerssenbroch, 403). Rothmann’s nickname, Stutenbernd, derives most innocently from the North German roll (der Stuten), which could itself be considered to have a somewhat suggestive shape until broken up. 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.

Both had artistic ambitions, both were gifted orators and demagogues, and both came from a foreign country to take over the reigns of government. Yet to describe the Anabaptist rule in Münster solely in terms of Nazi rule or in terms of any other mass movement does injustice to history, as experts have pointed out. According to Richard van Dülmen, the rule of Jan Matthijs and Jan van Leiden cannot be defined in terms of modern mass movements: The charismatic leadership under Jan Matthys and the institutionalized kingdom of Zion under Jan van Leiden are inadequately defined when seen as an outbreak of mass hysteria and rule of arbitrary terror in anticipation of modern totalitarian systems.

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