By David G. Rempel
In this bright and fascinating examine, David Rempel combines his first-hand account of existence in Russian Mennonite settlements throughout the landmark interval of 1900-1920, with a wealthy portrait of six generations of his ancestral kin from the root of the 1st colony - the Khortitsa cost - 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 following many years: the 1905 revolution, the quasi-stability wrought from Stolypin reforms, global battle I and the specter of estate expropriation and exile, the 1917 Revolution, and the Civil warfare within which he persisted the total horrors of the Makhnovshchina - the fear of career of his village and residential by way of the bandit horde led by way of Nestor Makhno - and the typhus epidemic left of their wake.
Published posthumously, this ebook 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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5 Perhaps the real implication is that a Nieder Khortitsa male's bark was worse than his bite. Whatever the reason, nicknames fostered good-natured intervillage banter. ). He protested that, although being a Cherkauss, his knife did not have a broken tip, and he could prove it. With considerable flourish he groped in his jacket or vest pocket, produced the knife, and opened the blade. Invariably its tip was broken, and as expected, Father then teased his challenger on his home village's nickname.
Decades after the emigration, a variety of myths arose about the economic status of Khortitsa's original settlers. Many who became wealthy in their new homeland ascribed their prosperity not just to personal industriousness and the benevolence of Providence, but also to higherclass origins, claiming that their forebears had made the 1788-9 journey from Danzig to southern Russia in their own covered wagons, rather than by government transport. ' Records showing that the Russian government upheld its promise of transportation make this but a fable.
His physical prowess was legendary - until the very last of his seventy-nine years he could scythe as much grain as any hired man. Evidently he exercised this strength more colour-fully at home when an obnoxious man named Wiens married Great, Great Grandfather's brother's widow. Wiens felt that his in-laws failed to appreciate him, and once when visiting the family, he crept behind an unsuspecting relative and slapped him 'upside the head' or on the neck, using the excuse that the victim was asleep and needed to wake up.
A Mennonite Family in Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union, 1789-1923 by David G. Rempel