Anabaptists in Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic

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Peoplegroups who are now known as Amish, Hutterites and Mennonites have their roots in the Anabaptist movement of the 16th century. This movement started about at the same time in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and many other countries in Europe.

Beside the reformation of Luther in Germany, Calvin and Zwingli in Switzerland, today we can call the Anabaptists as the “third branch of reformation”.

Because of persecution they had to move all over Europe to escape their hunters. For a short time in history they found a save place to stay in Southern Moravia. Leonard from Liechtenstein was the Count of Mikulov and invited the Anabaptists to his Land. After a few decades they had to leave again and move on to Slovakia, Romania and to the Ukraine. From there they left Europe for Northern America, Australia and New Zealand.

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If you learn history in an European school, you might not get to know any of this Story. Only lately there is a group of people, who is doing resarch on this topic.

Mikulov Castle today

Mikulov Castle today

And, Mikulov seems to be again a place of great Information. In the castle of Mikulov, you hear the story of the Liechtenstein-Family, including their relation to the Anabaptist movement. Balthasar Hubmaier and Jacob Hutter where among the leading persons. To be a leader in the church ment in the 16th century to die in young age.

Museum for Anabaptism in Lower Austria

Museum for Anabaptism in Lower Austria

In Austria there is already a museum about Anabaptism and many more public sites are recognised to have connections to the “third branch of reformation”.

Habansky museum in Vel´ke Levare, Slovakia

Habansky museum in Vel´ke Levare, Slovakia

In Slovakia there are at least 2 villages where you find original houses made by Hutterites.

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Northern Hemisphere

For Adrian and other friends in the Southern Hemisphere 🙂

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The video is in german, but have a look at the backgrounds 🙂

(kleo)

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Travel blog

Dear friends,

i am working on a bilingual blog about my travels,

have a look and let me know how you like it 🙂

http://reisekleo.wordpress.com/

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Greetings from Austria

Leo

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a diet-day :)

Sometimes i forget how good diet-days are. Fruits and veggies are just great, the taste good and after eating them, i feel good. Here are some examples:

Breakfast on a diet-day:

breakfast on a diet-day

breakfast on a diet-day

Lunch on a diet-day:

lunch on a diet-day

lunch on a diet-day

Dinner on a diet-day:

dinner on a diet-day

dinner on a diet-day

I can recomend this for a diet 🙂

(kleo)

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covered in ice

Today, Austria is covered in ice …

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Eis 2 Eis 3 Eis 4 Eis 5

… photos taken by Leo Kleedorfer

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first snow

This winter was, so far, rather mild,

First Snow

First snow

but today, Jan. 24th, it came,

First Snow 2014

First snow 2014

the first snow of this year.

first snow in Austria

First snow in Austria

Remember my last article:

Beautiful first snow this year.

Beautiful first snow this year.

If the stone ist white – snow is falling 🙂

(kleo)

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Walter´s weather stone

In Walter´s garden, there is a “weather stone”,

Walter´s weather stone

Walter´s weather stone

this stone describes always appropriate, how the weather is like 🙂

Walter´s weather stone - description

Walter´s weather stone – description

For my English speaking friends, i would like to try, to translate the description:

“If you can not see the stone – there is heavy fog,

if the stone casts shadows – the sun is shining,

if the stone ist wet – it is raining,

if the stone is white – snow is falling,

if the stone moves back and forth – there is an earthquake,

if the stone is facing up – the world is ending,

if the stone is gone – it was stolen.”

(kleo)

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