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Today, the largest concentration of Old German Baptists live in the Ohio flatlands. Founded by Andrew Mack in 1708 in Schwarzenau, Germany, this religious sect emigrated to the United States in 1723 after facing persecution in Germany.

The Old German Baptists favor a strict interpretation of the Bible, shunning modern adornments such as cars and believe in full-immersion baptism. They are a group that vowed to “take nothing of the world”.

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