Berntken Krechting, To Gildehus,
was bi de Wiërdaipers en Hauptmattedor
giegen de Viellwiwerie stonn op, Dat kreeg von de Wiërdaipers
wat op'n Kopp.
von Gebrüder Jäneke
gezeichnet von Josef Dominicus
Krechting was one of 10 children born to the Schöppingen town
clerk and church musician, Engelbert Krechting. Like his five brothers,
he received an education and became a clergyman. He was tutor for
the Count of Bentheim and attained a Parish position at the Bentheim
County Guild (chamber of commerce). When he began to profess Anabaptist
teachings, he was fired. He and his many followers moved to the Westphalian
Muenster (the "New Jerusalem") where he became a baptismal
preacher. He was a ranking councillor in the court of Jan
van Leyden, leader of the Anabaptist Movement. Krechting was arrested
together with Jan and Bernd Knipperdolling
in January of 1536. All three were tortured to death on the Prinzipalmarkt
Their bodies were hung within three iron
cages from the tower of St. Lambrecht's Church (Lambertikirche)
as an example to anyone against the Catholic Church.
The three iron cages still
hang there today.