From Revolution to Hope 2023 Calendar
By the Mennonite Heritage Archives
Commemorating the centennial of the Russlaender Mennonite arrival in Canada, this monthly calendar includes rare photographs from the collection of the Mennonite Heritage Archives. Limited availability.
The Russian Daughter By Sarah Klassen $22.00
This brand new novel follows a young Mennonite couple’s decision to build an unconventional family of their own against the backdrop of the final days of the czarist empire.
We have a good selection of use books related to Mennonite history. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-204-560-1998 to place an order. Shipping, taxes and handling are extra. If you don’t find the book you are looking for – send us an email, the list is a sample of what we have.
List updated December 2022
Ayotte, Bernard, coordinator. Reapers of the Valley: A Centennial Project of the Rural Municipality of Montcalm 1882-1982 (1982) $35.00
Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Plum Coulee. 1897-1997: Sharing the Faith – Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Plum Coulee (1997) $12.00
Bird, Michael and Terry Kobayashi. A Splendid Harvest: Germanic Folk and Decorative Arts in Canada (1981) $25.00
Derksen, Peter (Isaak). Es wurde wieder ruhig: Die Lebensgeschichte eines mennonitischen Predigers aus der Sowejetunion (1989) $15.00
Dick, C.L. The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: A History of its Churches and Institutions (1980) $15.00
Dyck, Cornelius J. ed. An Introduction to Mennonite History (1981) $10.00
Eidse, Lenore, ed. Furrows in the Valley: Rural Municipality of Morris, Manitoba 1880-1980 (1980) $35.00
Epp-Tiessen, Esther. Altona: The Story of a Prairie Town (1982) $15.00
Epp, Frank H. The Israelis: Portrait of a People in Conflict (1980) $12.00
Epp, Frank H. The Palestinians: Portrait of a People in Conflict (1976) $12.00
Froese Tiessen, Hildi. Liars and Rascals: Mennonite Short Stories (1989) $15.00
General Board of the General Conference Mennonite Church and the Mennonite General Board. Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective (1995) $5.00
Goerzen, J. W. Germanic Heritage: Canadian Lyrics in Three Languages (1964) $20.00
Haas, Craig, and Steve Nolt. The Mennonite Starter Kit: A Handy Guide for the New Mennonite (1993) $5.00
Hartzler, Arlene, and John Gaeddert, ed. The Children’s Hymnary (1968) $25.00
Hershberger, Guy F. The Mennonite Church in the Second World War (1951) $15.00
Hershberger, Guy F. War, Peace, and Nonresistance (1953) $10.00
Horsch, John. Mennonites in Europe (1950) $10.00
Janzen, Reinhild Kauenhoven, and John M. Janzen. Mennonite Furniture: A Migrant Tradition (1766-1910) (1991) $10.00
Klassen, Ernest J., and K. Peters. Genealogy of Abraham Riediger 1782-1978 (1978) $10.00
Klippenstein Family History. History and Genealogy of Johann (1845-1923) and Agatha (1843-1927) Klippenstein (1993) $20.00
Loewen, Ken. Meditations- On a Place & Way of Life (1982) $10.00
Minaker, Valerie. God of the Impossible: Life Lessons of Helena Peters (2010) $5.00
Meyers, Robert. Spirit of the Post Road (1955) $12.00
Neufeld, Hugo. The North End Lives: A Journey Through Poverty Terrain (2006) $8.00
Nolt, Steven M. A History of the Amish Revised and Updated (2003) $15.00
Penner Family History Committee. Penner Family History (1991) $20.00
Penner, Horst. Weltwiete Bruderschaft (1972) $10.00
Penner, Lydia. Hanover: 100 Years (1982) $15.00
Penner, Vic, and T.E. Friesen. Altona: A Pictorial History (1990) $15.00
Quiring, Dr. Walter and Helen Bartel. Mennonites in Canada: A Pictorial Record (1961) $15.00
Rahn, Peter. Mennoniten in der Umgebung von Omsk (1975) $8.00
Reimer, Al. When War Came to Kleindarp and more Kleindarp Stories (2008) $8.00
Sawatzky, Dave and Katherine Schroeder. Karl and Anna Hildebrand 1859-1997 (1998) $25.00
Schellenberg, John. Schools – Our Heritage: From 46 School Districts to Hanover Unitary School Division 1878-1968 (1985) $10.00
Schmiedehaus, Walter. Die Altkolonier-Mennoniten in Mexiko (1982) $12.00
Stumpp, Karl. Die Russland Deutschen (1964) $15.00
Thiessen, Jack. Predichte fier haite (1984) $20.00
Towell, Larry. The Mennonites (2000) $40.00
Wall Redekop, Calvin. The Old Colony Mennonites: Dilemmas of Ethnic Minority Life (1969) $15.00
Wedel, C.H. Abriß der Geschichte der Mennoniten (1900) $15.00
Wenger, J.C. God’s Word Written: Essays on the Nature of Biblical Revelation, Inspiration and Authority (1966) $10.00
Text To Terabyte Project
The Text to Terabyte Project is made possible by Otto Klassen’s gift to distribute his films. This is a joint project between the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies and the Mennonite Heritage Archives of Winnipeg. Both centres are national archival centres and have seen demand for services grow. At the same time they are facing new challenges and opportunities with new electronic possibilities.
You can help preserve and make accessible records held at the centres that God’s story in the life of the Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren Community. For a donation of $30 ($25 will be receipted) you can choose of Otto Klassen’s fascinating documentaries. For $60 choose 2, for a $90 donation choose 3 etc. Please note that shipping costs will be added to the total if needed. They make great gifts for family and friends.
Otto has over 50 films to his credit in various languages including English, German, Low German and Spanish. The following are currently available.
To participate please contact the Mennonite Heritage Archives at email@example.com or 1-204-560-1998.
- Remembering Our Mennonite Heritage
- Prairie Pioneers: The Mennonites of Manitoba (1874-1974)
- Remembering Russia 1914-1927: War and the end of Mennonite Tranquility
- Remembering Russia 1928-1938: Collectivization and Mass Arrest
- The Great Trek: Part 1 (1939-1943)
- The Great Trek: Part 2 (1943-1945)
- The Burden of the Soviet Star
- Pioneers of the Chaco
- Personal Experiences of Mennonites from Russia
Remembering Our Mennonite Heritage – SOLD OUT
…traces the origins of the Anabaptist-Mennonite movement and the migration of the persecuted Anabaptist believers to Polish-Prussia in the 16th Century. 250 years later, over one half of these Prussian Mennonites respond to an invitation of the Russian Tsars to settle in southern Russia (in what is now Ukraine) during the years 1789 to 1836; and in central Russia from 1853-1870. The “golden years” of this Mennonite Commonwealth came to an end with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. 2007 production, 45 minute DVD.
Prairie Pioneers: The Mennonites of Manitoba (1874-1974)
…is Klassen’s first full-length film produced in 1974. The film recreates various aspects of pioneer life, such as the building of sod huts (zemlin), and the arrival of Russian-Mennonite settlers at the junction of the Red River and Rat River in 1874. It also includes footage of Manitoba Centennial Celebrations of 1970 in various Manitoba Mennonite communities, including the first ever visit of members of the Royal Family – Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Charles – to a Mennonite village in Canada and the visit of rime Minister Pierre Trudeau to Steinbach. 1974 production, re-mastered in 2007, 43 minute DVD.
Remembering Russia 1914-1927: War and the end of Mennonite Tranquility
The Mennonites in southern Russia, present-day Ukraine, had become affluent. They worked hard in their tight-knit communities, bound by a common language and faith. That all changed with the beginning of World War I in 1914. A bloody civil war in 1917, churned through the country and ended the Mennonite way of life. Farms, enterprises and churches were expropriated and families died at the hands of marauding anarchists. As their world crumbled thousands of Mennonites fled to Canada. 2006 production, 43 minute DVD.
Remembering Russia 1928-1938: Collectivization and Mass Arrest
This DVD documents the spiritual battles and sufferings of Mennonites in Soviet Russia from the introduction of the first Five-Year Plan in October 1928 to the end of The Great Terror in 1938. Soviet plans for the complete collectivization of agriculture, and the closing of all churches struck a hard blow to the traditional Mennonite way of life. Thousands fled to Moscow; others into China. Of those who remained, many suffered the fate of exile to the forests and mines of Northern Russia, Siberia, and Kolyma. Hundreds died during the terrible famine of 1933. Thousands of men and even some women were rounded up by the secret police and exiled to labour camps or simply shot. 2007 production, 52 minute DVD.
Note: also available in German
The Great Trek: Part 1 (1939-1943)
Otto Klassen uses rare archival photographs and film footage from the German Bundesarchiv to document the effects of the Soviet-German Non-aggressive Pact (August 1939), the German invasion of the Soviet Union (22 June 1941), and the subsequent two-year occupation of Ukraine on Soviet-Germans and Ukrainians in general and on the Mennonite villages of the Khortitsa and Molochna Settlements in particular. 1992 production re-mastered in 2007, 35 minute DVD.
The Great Trek: Part 2 (1943-1945)
Otto Klassen uses rare archival photographs and film footage from the German Bundesarchiv to document the westward retreat of over 350,000 Soviet-Germans and Mennonites in Fall of 1943, their resettlement in German-Occupied Polish territory, and their eventual flight from advancing Red Army forces in the early months of 1945. 1992 production, re-mastered in 2007, 39 minute DVD.
The Burden of the Soviet Star
After the Russian Revolution, famine, and the Great War, Stalin’s communism was an even harsher burden especially for those exiled to labor camps. The camps were in isolated areas where conditions were notoriously horrible.
Pioneers in the Chaco
The harsh environment of the Paraguayan Chaco did not scare off the Mennonites who moved there from Canada in the 1920s. With their faith they forged a path into the wilderness which others would soon follow. The heirs of these pioneers have been reaping the rewards based on the pioneers’ courage. (45 minutes) (2009)
Personal Experiences of Mennonites from Russia
A presentation of four (4) short Otto Klassen Productions featuring speakers such as Dr. Marlene Epp, Professor of History, University of Waterloo; story-teller Peter J. Dyck, teacher Gerhard Ens and others on Mennonites who experienced trauma and terror during early Soviet communism through to World War II. (45 minutes)