How Did the Mennonites Get to the Donaumoos?

The Mennonites in southern Germany escaped the brutal persecution only in a few remote mountain valleys in Switzerland (death penalty for Anabaptists was in place since 1529). After the 30-year war, many survivors emigrated from there to the depopulated Bavarian Palatinate. After the occupation of the Palatinate by the French in 1798, eight Mennonite families found refuge, in 1802, at first in the former hunting lodge of Grünau, but, in 1804, founded the village of Maxweiler on the northern edge of the Donaumoos and settled on individual farms around Ingolstadt, among other places in Probfeld, along the main channel of the Donaumoos.
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