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Brief biographies and interview summaries for all of the interviewees in the Russian Mennonite Immigrants oral history project

David Wiebe was interviewed in Kitchener, Ontario. Note that a transcript is only available for the July 30 interview.

Herman Koop was interviewed in Waterloo, Ontario

Jacob C. Fast was interviewed in Waterloo, Ontario

Russlaender immigrants of Kirchliche background arrived in the Waterloo region in 1924. They worshiped together with Mennonite Brethren immigrants initially, under the leadership of the Mennonite Brethren minister. After Jacob H. Janzen, already…

Alex Classen was interviewed in Kitchener, Ontario

The Nickels were interviewed in Waterloo, Ontario. Two files are available:A transcript of the entire interview A clip (1 min, 25 sec) of Cornelius Nickel discussing his reaction to the Russian Revolution as a young student

Gerhard Rempel (1861-1942) and Maria Dyck (1864-1946) married in Schoenfeld, south Russia in 1889. The couple had five children. Only one, Jakob, survived. Sons Gerhard and Peter were murdered by bandits during the Russian civil war. Daughters Maria…

The Reesor United Mennonite congregation began services about 1926, and formally organized in May 1927. It was incorporated as the Reesor United Mennonite Church in 1932. The Reesor settlement was situated along the Trans-Canada highway west of…

Russlaender families arrived in the Vineland area as early as the summer of 1924 to help with the summer harvest. In the first years, there was much Russlaender movement in and out of the area. Until 1934 the congregation was composed of United…
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