Bibliography on Mennonites in Russia

Mennonite Library and Archives

Bethel College

North Newton, Kansas

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This bibliography is by no means exhaustive. It is intended only as a starting point.


Bartlett, Roger P. Human Capital: The Settlement of Foreigners in Russia, 1762-1804. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979.

Bartsch, Franz. Our Trek to Central Asia. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications and Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 1993.

Belk, Fred Richard. The Great Trek of the Russian Mennonites to Central Asia, 1880-1884. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1976.

Dyck, Anna Reimer. Anna: From the Caucasus to Canada. Hillsboro, KS: Mennonite Brethren Publishing House, 1979.

Dyck, Harvey L. Recovering an Inheritance: The Peter J. Braun Russian Mennonite Archive, 1803-1920. Toronto: Conrad Grebel College/University of Toronto Research Program in Russian Mennonite Studies, 1993.

Enns, Mary Madeleine. Mia: The Story of a Remarkable Woman. Winnipeg: Christian Press, 1982.

Enss, Amy E. Greaves Sudermann. Winding Trails: From Sheffield to the Steppes and Beyond: A Memoir 1899-1915. Northfield, MN: David P. Sudermann, 1993.

Epp, D. H. Sketches from the Pioneer Years of the Industry in the Mennonite Settlements of South Russia. Leamington, ON: J. P. Penner, 1972.

Epp, Frank H. Mennonite Exodus: The Rescue and Resettlement of the Russian Mennonites since the Communist Revolution. Altona, MB: Canadian Mennonite Relief and Immigration Council, 1962.

Epp, Jacob D. A Mennonite in Russia: The Diaries of Jacob D. Epp, 1851-1880. Trans. and ed. Harvey L. Dyck. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.

Epp, Reuben. The Story of Low German and Plautdietsch: Tracing a Language across the Globe. Hillsboro, KS: Reader's Press, 1993.

Friesen, Helena Goossen. Daydreams and Nightmares: Life on the Wintergruen Estate. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 1990.

Friesen, John. Against the Wind: The Story of Four Mennonite Villages (Gnadental, Gruenfeld, Neu-Chortitza and Steinfeld) in Southern Ukraine, 1872-1943. Winnipeg: Henderson Books, 1994.

Friesen, John, ed. Mennonites in Russia, 1788-1988: Essays in Honour of Gerhard Lohrenz. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 1989.

Friesen, P. M. The Mennonite Brotherhood in Russia (1789-1910). Fresno, CA: Board of Christian Literature, General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1978.

Goerz, H. Mennonite Settlements in Crimea. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications and Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 1992.

Goerz, H. The Molotschna Settlement. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications and Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 1993.

Hamm, Oscar H. Memoirs of Ignatyevo in the Light of Historical Change. Saskatoon: Ruth F. Hamm, 1984.

Hiebert, P. C. Feeding the Hungry: Russia Famine, 1919-1925. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Central Committee, 1929.

Huebert, Helmut T. Hierschau: An Example of Russian Mennonite Life. Winnipeg: Springfield Publishers, 1986.

Kaufman, P. R. Our People and Their History. Sioux Falls, SD: Augustana College Press, 1979. (about the Swiss Volhynians)

Klassen, Elizabeth Suderman. Trailblazer for the Brethren: The Story of Johann Claassen, a Leader in the Early Mennonite Brethren Church. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1978.

Klassen, Is. P. The Kronsweide Mennonite Church in Russia: Its Villages and Elders. Winnipeg: Mennonite Heritage Centre, 1993.

Kroeker, N. J. First Mennonite Villages in Russia, 1789-1943: Khortitsa-Rosental. Vancouver, BC: author, 1981.

Letkemann, Peter. "The Hymnody and Choral Music of Mennonites in Russia, 1789-1915." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Toronto, 1985.

Lohrenz, Gerhard. Fire over Zagradovka. Steinbach, MB: author, 1983.

Lohrenz, Gerhard. Heritage Remembered: A Pictorial Survey of Mennonites in Prussia and Russia. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 1977.

Lohrenz, Gerhard. The Lost Generation and Other Stories. Winnipeg: author, 1982.

Lohrenz, Gerhard. Stories from Mennonite Life. Steinbach, MB: Derksen Printers, 1980.

Lohrenz, Gerhard. Storm Tossed: The Personal Story of a Canadian Mennonite from Russia. Winnipeg: Christian Press, 1976.

Neufeld, Dietrich. A Russian Dance of Death: Revolution and Civil War in the Ukraine. Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, 1977.

Plett, Delbert F. The Golden Years: The Mennonite Kleine Gemeinde in Russia (1812-1849). Steinbach, MB: D.F.P. Publications, 1985. (Plett has several further volumes on the Kleine Gemeinde.)

Quiring, Walter. In the Fullness of Time: 150 Years of Mennonite Sojourn in Russia. Kitchener, ON: A. Klassen, 1974.

Regehr, T. D. For Everything a Season: A History of the Alexanderkrone Zentralschule, 1906-1941. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 1988.

Rempel, David G. "The Mennonite Colonies in New Russia: A Study of Their Settlement and Economic Development from 1789 to 1914." Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1933.

Rempel, Peter Gerhard. Forever Summer, Forever Sunday: Peter Gerhard Rempel's Photographs of Mennonites in Russia, 1890-1917. St. Jacobs, ON: Sand Hill Books, 1981.

Sawatsky, Walter. Soviet Evangelicals since World War II. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1981.

Sawatzky, Heinrich. Mennonite Templers. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications and Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 1990.

Schrag, Martin H. The European History (1525-1874) of the Swiss Mennonites from Volhynia. N.p.: Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association, 1974.

Schroeder, Gerhard P. Miracles of Grace and Judgment: A Brief Account of the Personal Contacts and Experiences with Some of the Leaders and Followers of the Notorious Makhnovshchina during the Civil War in the Ukraine, 1914-1923. Lodi, CA: author, 1974.

Schroeder, William. The Bergthal Colony. Rev. ed. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 1986.

van der Smissen, Johannes. The History of the Church in Chortitza: Towards an Understanding of the History of the Church in the Mennonite Colonies in South Russia. Winnipeg: A. D. Schroeder Typesetting, 1992.

Stucky, Solomon. The Heritage of the Swiss Volhynian Mennonites. Waterloo, ON: Conrad Press, 1981.

Stumpp, Karl. The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763 to 1862. Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1978.

Thiessen, Dick. Beyond Those Mountains: In Search of Freedom. Winnipeg: Kindred Press, 1985.

Tiessen, Henry Bernard. The Molotschna Colony: A Heritage Remembered. Kitchener, ON: author, 1979.

Toews, C. P.; Heinrich Friesen; and Arnold Dyck. The Kuban Settlement. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications/Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 1989.

Toews, J. B. A Pilgrimage of Faith: The Mennonite Brethren Church in Russia and North America, 1860-1990. Winnipeg: Kindred Press, 1993.

Toews, John B. Czars, Soviets, and Mennonites. Newton, KS: Faith and Life Press, 1982.

Toews, John B. Lost Fatherland: The Story of the Mennonite Emigration from Soviet Russia, 1921-1927. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1967.

Toews, John B. Perilous Journey: The Mennonite Brethren in Russia, 1860-1910. Winnipeg: Kindred Press, 1988.

Toews, John B. Selected Documents: The Mennonites in Russia from 1917 to 1930. Winnipeg: Christian Press, 1975.

Toews, Susan. Letters from Susan: A Woman's View of the Russian Mennonite Experience (1928-1941). Ed. and trans. John B. Toews. North Newton, KS: Bethel College, 1988.

Töws, Aron A. Mennonite Martyrs: People Who Suffered for Their Faith, 1920-1940. Trans. John B. Toews. Winnipeg: Kindred Press, 1990.

Unruh, Benjamin Heinrich. Die niederländisch-niederdeutschen Hintergründe der mennonitischen Ostwanderungen im 16., 18. und 19. Jahrhundert. Karlsruhe: author, 1955. (contains early census lists for Mennonite colonies in Russia, indicating Mennonite immigrants from Prussia to Russia)

Urry, James. "The Closed and the Open: Social and Religious Change amongst the Mennonites in Russia (1789-1889)." Ph. D. dissertation, Oxford University, 1978.

Urry, James. None but Saints: The Transformation of Mennonite Life in Russia, 1789-1889. Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, 1988.

Voth, Norma Jost. Mennonite Foods and Folkways from South Russia. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1990.

Wölk, Heinrich, and Gerhard Woelk. A Wilderness Journey: Glimpses of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Russia, 1925-1980. Fresno, CA: Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, 1982.

1874 immigration

Boese, John Albert. The Prussian-Polish Mennonites Settling in South Dakota 1874 and Soon After. Freeman, SD: Pine Hill Press, 1967.

Ewert, Marvin H. "Russian Immigrants 1874-80." Student paper, Bethel College, 1949. (lists of immigrant heads of families and their destinations, compiled from Zur Heimat and other sources)

Haury, David A. Index to Mennonite Immigrants on United States Passenger Lists, 1872-1904. North Newton, KS: Mennonite Library and Archives, 1986.

Hiebert, Clarence. Brothers in Deed to Brothers in Need: A Scrapbook about Mennonite Immigrants from Russia, 1870-1885. Newton, KS: Faith and Life Press, 1974.

Krahn, Cornelius, ed. From the Steppes to the Prairies, 1874-1949. Newton, KS: Mennonite Publication Office, 1949.

Reimer, Gustav Edward; and G. R. Gaeddert. Exiled by the Czar: Cornelius Jansen and the Great Mennonite Migration, 1874. Newton, KS: Mennonite Publication Office, 1956.

Shipley, Helen B. "The Migration of the Mennonites from Russia, 1873-1883, and Their Settlement in Kansas." M.A. thesis, University of Minnesota, 1954.

Smith, C. Henry. The Coming of the Russian Mennonites: An Episode in the Settling of the Last Frontier, 1874-1884. Berne, IN: Mennonite Book Concern, 1927.

Stucky, Harley J. A Century of Russian Mennonite History in America: A Study of Cultural Interaction. North Newton, KS: author, 1973.

Stucky, Harley J. The Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Ship List, 1874, of the Immigrants Who Came from Russia. North Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1974.

Sudermann, Leonhard. From Russia to America: In Search of Freedom. Steinbach, MB: Derksen Printers, 1974.

Unruh, Abe J. The Helpless Poles. Montezuma, KS: author, 1973.

Wiebe, David V. They Seek a Country: A Survey of Mennonite Migrations. 2nd ed. Freeman, SD: Pine Hill Press, 1974.

Wiebe, Gerhard. Causes and History of the Emigration of the Mennonites from Russia to America. Winnipeg: Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 1981.

Turkey red wheat

Olsen, Michael L. "And a Child Shall Lead Them: The Legendary Introduction of Turkey Red Wheat into Kansas." In Great Mysteries of the West, ed. Ferenc Morton Szasz, 163-185. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 1993.

Saul, Norman E. "Myth and History: Turkey Red Wheat and the 'Kansas Miracle,'" Heritage of the Great Plains 22 (summer 1989): 1-13.


Young, James A. "Tumbleweed," Scientific American (March 1991): 82-87.


Dyck, Arnold Bernard. Lost in the Steppe. Steinbach, MB: Derksen Printers, 1974.

Epp, Peter G. Agatchen: A Russian Mennonite Mother's Story. Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, 1986.

Harder, Johannes. No Strangers in Exile. Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, 1979.

Martens, Wilfred. River of Glass. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1980.

Reimer, Al. My Harp is Turned to Mourning. Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, 1985.

Wiebe, Rudy. The Blue Mountains of China. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1970.