Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim

Engraving of Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim by Johann Salver.

Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim (1586–1633) was the Prince-Bishop of Bamberg from 1623 to 1633. He was known as the Hexenbrenner (witch burner) for presiding over the most intensive period of witch trials in early modern Bamberg.


Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim was born in Wiesentheid on 23 April 1586.[1]

He was elected Prince-Bishop of Bamberg on 13 February 1623.[1]

From 1626 to 1631, he presided over the Bamberg witch trials, which saw the execution of 300-600 individuals, the most notable of which was Bamberg mayor Johannes Junius.[2]

In the midst of the Thirty Years' War, troops under Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and John George I, Elector of Saxony occupied the Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg on 11 February 1632, forcing Fuchs von Dornheim to flee the city.

He died in exile in Spital am Pyhrn, Austria on 29 March 1633.


  1. 1 2 Profile from
  2. Munzinger, Johannes (1 May 2016). "Unschuldig muss ich sterben (German)". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. p. 4.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Johann Gottfried von Aschhausen
Prince-Bishop of Bamberg
Succeeded by
Franz von Hatzfeld
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