By David G. Rempel
In this shiny and interesting learn, David Rempel combines his first-hand account of lifestyles in Russian Mennonite settlements throughout the landmark interval of 1900-1920, with a wealthy portrait of six generations of his ancestral kinfolk 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 warfare I and the specter of estate expropriation and exile, the 1917 Revolution, and the Civil struggle within which he continued the complete horrors of the Makhnovshchina - the fear of career of his village and residential by means of the bandit horde led through Nestor Makhno - and the typhus epidemic left of their wake.
Published posthumously, this publication bargains 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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Rempel cared passionately about Mennonites and about the larger Slavic world in which they lived. '16 New Zealand-based anthropologist and historian James Urry, a specialist on Mennonites, conducted a mutually fruitful twenty-year correspondence with David Rempel and became his good friend. '17 Every facet of the Mennonite story excited David Rempel's interest, but not equally. What he found most riveting was what he knew best, the eventful story of his own eighteen-village Khortitsa Mother Colony.
David Rempel experienced the island in his own way. Throughout his childhood and youth, Mennonite ploughmen on the island still turned up rusting bits of Cossack sabres, rifles, cannon, and shot relics of the island's military past. More memorable for Rempel, however, was the pre-First World War island with its bucolic mood. He remembered its mix of hardwood forests, plowed fields, gardens, orchards, sandy beaches, rocky bluffs, marshy lagoons, a small village, a graveyard, and a family history dating to the first Mennonite settlement.
As a boy and youth before the First World War, David Rempel, like others of that transitional age, did not travel widely. He had no opportunity to set foot in the region's Molochna or other Mennonite settlements, and he had scant personal knowledge of Mennonite landed estates (including several belonging to relatives), or regional urban centres, except nearby Alexandrovsk. As if to compensate for a dearth of broader travel, he developed an extraordinary familiarity with his own settlement and village world.
A Mennonite Family in Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union, 1789-1923 by David G. Rempel