By David G. Rempel

ISBN-10: 0802036392

ISBN-13: 9780802036391

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 family members from the basis 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 subsequent 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 battle within which he continued the entire 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 booklet bargains a penetrating view of 1 of Tsarist and early Soviet Russia's smallest, but so much dynamic, ethno-religious minorities.

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He became an alcoholic, a condition not unheard of in this rather desperate class. His brother, my Grandfather Gerhard, acquired the same illness. His rocky life is described in Chapter 5. CHAPTER FOUR A 'Better' Class of Rempels: The Maternal Lineage Although most of the Nieder Khortitsa Rempels had few aspirations beyond operating a successful farm, one branch of the family fancied itself as classy and certainly superior to the hoi polloi of their relations. Members of this branch of the Rempel clan (Figure 5) were Father's distant cousins.

Instead of being paid in five months, as promised, the loans and subsistence allowances trickled in over an eight-year period. The lumber arrived over seven years, much of it of inferior quality or damaged in transit over the Zaporog rapids. Corrupt government authorities demanded 5 per cent payoffs to deliver goods or payments. The surveyor that they had been promised did not come. Finally, when their household goods arrived, the settlers discovered substantial theft and damage. In fact, the government failed the colonists on a majority of the petition's promises.

The site replicated Danzig's lowland topography and climate and was thus ideally suited for transplanting their current farming endeavours - growing crops and raising livestock. Furthermore, the location on the Dnieper would furnish good fisheries and a source of transportation to supplement the nearby road, which was the main route to Crimea. Proximity to Kherson and other ports and towns, built or projected, added value in providing convenient markets. With the site selected, Bartsch and Hoppner returned to the fortresscity of Kremenchug to submit their detailed list of conditions, including the requested land (sixty-five dessiatins, or about 175 acres per family).

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