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Around Bzenec Oak Forest


The Habans were members of the Anabaptist („those who were baptized again“ or „re-baptizers“) movement which originated in Switzerland in 1525. After the German Peasants‘ War, which ended in 1526, they were forced to leave Switzerland and the surrounding countries and they settled here, in Moravia. Some had later migrated to Hungary and then Transylvania. The Habans were skilled craftsmen and brought with them the knowledge of making a special type of pottery with motifs in blue, yellow, green, and manganese purple on a white tin glaze, known as Habaner faience.

There are also many villages in the Moravian Slovakia region of the Czech Republic with wine cellars which were built and owned by the Habans. The interesting thing about these was their joined ownership. In the area around Bzenecka Doubrava (Bzenec Oak Forest) some of the original wine cellars can still be seen in the village of Vacenovice and the small town of Vracov – among them the famous Vracov wine cellar “Parliament” shared by several local winemakers.

In 1622, after the Battle of the White Mountain and the failed Protestant uprising, the Habans were forced to leave Moravia, which was then part of the Catholic Austro-Hungarian Empire, for religious reasons again. They migrated to Slovakia and later on to the Balkans and Ukraine. In the 19th and 20th centuries they moved further to the US and Canada, some merging with existing and establishing new Amish, Hutterite, and Mennonite communities.

GPS position

N 48° 58.823', E 17° 13.388'



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