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Jacob Hutter (or Jakob Hutter, Hueter) (cerca 1500, Moos, nearby St. Lorenzen near Bruneck, Pustertal - February 25, 1536, Innsbruck), was a Tyrolean Anabaptist leader and founder of the "Hutterites".
Jacob Hutter was a hat maker from South Tirol (northern Italy today). He became the leader of a radical Christian movement that swept through the German-speaking regions of Europe in the 1520s to 30s. Men and women broke away from the Roman Catholic Church, which in their opinion had become corrupt and no longer gave them the spiritual nourishment they craved. Thousands were baptised again, believing that their baptisms as infants were invalid. At the time, this criminal offence carried the death penalty. In Moravia (present-day Czech Republic) religious tolerance was granted. Here the Anabaptists, as they came to be called, gathered under Hutter’s leadership. They practiced the communal ownership of goods, nonviolence, and baptism of adult believers.
Jacob Hutter often traveled between Moravia and Tirol to preach and baptize. He was arrested on December 1, 1535 and taken to Innsbruck, where King Ferdinand had his government. There he was tortured and burned alive on February 25, 1536.
His words are recorded in eight letters, written under severe persecution, to his brothers and sisters.