Memorial to Michael Sattler in Rottenburg

Pictures and text by Mark R. Hatlie

These pictures were taken on the early morning of the 20th and 21st of March, 2006 in Rottenburg, near the B28 road from Tuebingen, on the east edge of town. The marker explains itself.

It is visible from the road.
There is a bench to sit on, but I would assume that there would be too much car noise for meditative contemplation.
The stone reads, "1527 / Michael and Margaretha Sattler / They died for their faith"
From the back, a small brass plaque is visible.
You can read a translation of it in English below.
This photo was taken a day later, in the late afternoon.

The plaque reads, The Baptist Michael Sattler was executed by burning after severe torture on the 20th of May, 1527 here on the "Gallows Hill". He died as a true witness of Jesus Christ. His wife Margaretha and other members of the congregation were drowned and burned. They acted"

Michael Sattler's final words were: "...I have not been sent to judge the word of God. We have been sent to bear witness to it. That is why we will submit to no other law....in that we cannot escape the judgement of this court we are ready to suffer the suffering that is our lot for the good of the Word of God.


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