Constantinoplers: Escape From Bolshevism Irmgard Epp

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Constantinoplers: Escape From Bolshevism  by  Irmgard Epp

Constantinoplers: Escape From Bolshevism by Irmgard Epp
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This collection of stories tells about the beginning of Mennonite settlements in Russia, in the seventeen hundreds and early eighteen hundreds. And how the Mennonites were able to buy up land and become self-sufficient landowners. They became quiteMoreThis collection of stories tells about the beginning of Mennonite settlements in Russia, in the seventeen hundreds and early eighteen hundreds. And how the Mennonites were able to buy up land and become self-sufficient landowners.

They became quite wealthy, building their villages, Khutors (estates), schools and churches.The Russian peasants gladly became their helpers in the fields as well as in their households.Most Mennonites in Russia lived in villages which were laid out according to detailed plans.For many years they lived happy lives...teaching their children German and the Bible.

And they did not realize how much the peasants resented their presence though the workers had been well-treated and had been allowed to go to their Mennonite schools and were fed the same food as the Mennonite families.But the good life did not last. After Catharine the Greats demise their privileges were progressively negated. In about 1860, when reforms were passed into laws, many Mennonites decided to emigrate to North America. (About 18,000).Two thirds of them stayed and became richer...building bigger homes and beginning new ventures in the cities: stores, flour mills, farm equipment manufacturing factories.The undercurrent of malcontent continued to be felt and the 1905 Revolt of the Peasants happened but the Mennonites did not leave...after all, the Tsar put down the uprising and all would be well again.Well, all was never well again.

First came WWI, then the Revolution and finally Civil War.Some Mennonites got into the fray: First, some of them joined the Alternative Services but when the Bolsheviks took over the country some of their young mendecided to join the White Army: They wanted to clear the country of the revolutionaries. Their stories tell about the many hardships they experienced as they fought the Germans, Poles and Romanians.

The stories about those frightful times are told here by the men themselves.



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