By David G. Rempel
In this vibrant and interesting learn, David Rempel combines his first-hand account of lifestyles in Russian Mennonite settlements in the course of the landmark interval of 1900-1920, with a wealthy portrait of six generations of his ancestral family members from the root of the 1st colony - the Khortitsa payment - in 1789 to the country's cataclysmic civil war.
Born in 1899 within the Mennonite village of Nieder Khortitsa at the Dnieper River, the writer witnessed the upheaval of the subsequent a long time: the 1905 revolution, the quasi-stability wrought from Stolypin reforms, international struggle I and the specter of estate expropriation and exile, the 1917 Revolution, and the Civil conflict within which he persisted the complete horrors of the Makhnovshchina - the phobia of career of his village and residential through the bandit horde led through Nestor Makhno - and the typhus epidemic left of their wake.
Published posthumously, this e-book deals a penetrating view of 1 of Tsarist and early Soviet Russia's smallest, but such a lot dynamic, ethno-religious minorities.
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In any event, Anna cared for the motherless boys, and ultimately married off two of her granddaughters to Gerhard's sons. Her relation to these girls thus became simultaneously grandmother and stepmother-in-law. By the time Anna died in 1837, Gerhard's children were grown, yet in less than a year he married his fourth wife, the family maid, Helena Dyck. 3 The aged groom acquired a housekeeper to tend to his needs, while the bride received the inalienable right to the comforts and conveniences of a well-furnished house and a generously stocked larder.
In the years immediately following David Rempel's death, a small group of young Russian and Ukrainian archivists and scholars, including specialists in minority studies, emerged to study the Mennonite story, long officially muffled and suppressed. Intrigued with their early findings, they plunged into the Mennonite-related documentary record in nearby regional archives. There they were soon joined by a handful of equally keen Western colleagues. Together these two groups sparked a renaissance in tsarist and Soviet Mennonite studies.
Instead, they would receive parcels of one of Potemkin's estates. 3 No one knows why the authorities switched the sites, but I would suspect it was primarily Potemkin's doing. Deeply in debt to the government, he must have realized that the presence of these industrious settlers would greatly enhance the value of his property. The families left Dubrovna in July and reached Khortitsa a few weeks later. ' Oral tradition indicates that the settlers camped briefly near a rock formation called Pig's Head (Schwienskopp), where the Upper Khortitsa steppe stream empties into the Old Dnieper River.
A Mennonite Family in Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union, 1789-1923 by David G. Rempel