On July 24, 2019 a full house listened intently to Bernhard Thiessen’s lecture about Mennonites in the GDR (former East Germany) 1945-2000. An interesting micro-story of Bernhard’s talk was how the Stasi (secret police) had informants everywhere and was able to infiltrate the Mennonite Church in East Germany. Bernhard is continuing his research at the Mennonite Heritage Archives.
For more information on Bernhard’s research, visit his website www.mennoniten-ddr.de
It’s amazing to come so far from Berlin, Germany to Winnipeg, Canada to find important documents which were written in my home town. Thanks for keeping them in the archives!Bernhard Thiessen, July 23, 2019