Hard Passage: A Mennonite Family's Long Journey from Russia to Canada

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University of Alberta, 15.01.2007 - 269 Seiten

In the 1920s, 20,000 Mennonites left the newly formed Soviet Union and emigrated to Canada. Among them were Heinrich and Helena Kroeger and their five children. After living for 120 years in the comfortable surroundings of a Russian Mennonite community, the Kroeger family experienced war, revolution, a typhus epidemic, and hyper-inflation in quick succession. In 1926, they left their homeland to settle in an arid region of Western Canada. Based on Heinrich's diaries and letters, and archival research, Hard Passage speaks to the indomitable spirit of Mennonite immigrants to the Canadian West.

 

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A great book about the story of the Kroeger family and the Mennonites from Russia. A riveting tale about both life in Russia in the early 1900's as well as the Canadian prairies in the 30's and beyond. Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Before the Flood
9
War 19141918
31
Civil War 19181920
47
Hay for Butter 19201924
63
Opening the Way
73
Even the Strong Wept
85
Canada
109
The Great Lone Land
111
British Subjects and Aliens
171
Farms Schools and Neighbours
187
Finding our Feet 19361946
211
Exile and Dispersal
227
Consort
233
A Nightmare from the Past
241
Epilogue
245
Notes
255

To Be at Home Somewhere 19261930
115
Boiled Apple Peels 19301934
127
Russian Thistle and Relief 19341939
145
The Door Closes
165

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Über den Autor (2007)

Arthur Kroeger had a 34-year career in the federal public service, half of it spent serving as a deputy minister. After graduating from the University of Alberta, he studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Following his years in government, he taught at several Canadian universities, and served as chancellor at Carleton University. Arthur Kroeger was a resident of Ottawa until his death in 2008.

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