Georg Grünwald

GRÜNWALD, Georg. b. Kitzbühel, Austria, date unknown; d. Kufstein, Austria, 1530. He was a shoemaker, an Anabaptist, who suffered death by burning at the stake. He had lived for a time at Augsburg to escape persecution, but on his return to the Tirol he was imprisoned and burnt. A contemporary hand-written account of the Anabaptists describes his martyrdom ‘zu kopffstain’, and adds that the hymn ‘Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn’ was ‘Newgesungen und gedichtet’ (‘newly sung and composed’) by him. There is a possibility that the hymn was not by Grünwald, because nothing else written by him has survived; but in the absence of other evidence, he is credited with this compassionate hymn,...

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