Who such Mennonites and what they are famous for?
Are not fiction. Near us there live descendants of ancient Dutches.
to Them is already a lot of years. They will leave and will carry away with themselves knowledge which could change the world. Surprisingly: absolutely simple knowledge, and the mankind did not grow to them.
The Soviet encyclopedic dictionary confirms: “ Mennonites - Protestant sect. Mainly in the USA, Canada, the Netherlands - where it was based in 30 - 40 years of the 16th century by Menno Simmons. Preach humility, refusal of violence, believe in the second coming of Christ “.
If in the history there are also failures, then three hundred years of wanderings of Mennonites - to that an example. In the second half of the seventeenth century they were forced to leave Holland. In 18 - ohm and 19 - ohm, escaping from persecutions, again will emigrate: one to America and Canada, others, having left Germany and Poland, make the choice for Russia …
Mennonites always had ideas of the village. The Russian historian Nikolay Ivanovich Kostomarov in the seventies of the nineteenth century wrote: “ I examined life - life of Mennonites and was amazed with extremely blossoming condition of their life. Their yards are surrounded with gardens, lodges are spacious and light … All of them are competent. Having got to talking with Mennonites, I with surprise heard from their lips perfectly correct low-Russian speech “ … the state which would not be need accurate, competent and hardworking people is difficult to find … Why they were forced to wander for centuries?
Refusal of war - the decisive reason of persecutions. Modest and silent Mennonites dared to resist the state military appeal. To kill? No way! Are shockingly peaceful … In Russia first they were strongly lucky, in the eighteenth century Russia the pacifistic infection did not frighten yet. Exactly here immigrants were given good plots of the earth and exempted from participation in military operations … Honor with
everything 20 - e years they wonderfully managed to defend idea of nonresistance to the evil and to keep big, prosperous farms. In Zaporizhia, in the Caucasus, in Siberia where Mennonites got to a time of Stolypin reforms … They still kept, even when the state already “ re-educated “ all other and victoriously placed points: if you trust in unclear - you are a sectarian and if you have good economy and peacefully you work - that a fist, of course … to
Later it for everything got - both for sectarianism, and for a kulachestvo, and for nonresistance.
“ It is necessary to tell that Mennonites seek to get by all means bigger liberty on the religion relation from the Soviet power … often let out rumors about emigration to America … have good communication with the abroad “. This remained in Novosibirsk regional archive “ Report “ and - you will not call that a denunciation: the purest truth. And communication such was, and left when could …
of 200 years of history of Mennonite communities was passed at us, in Russia. From here, leaving in the different ways, escaping for hunger and repressions, they got to Canada, North and South America, bringing unique " there; platdoych “ or “ plotdich “ - so they call language in which they speak at home. And it is not Dutch and not German is the special dialect which was born on Russian soil. As if there was a wish that Mennonites were not dissolved completely in the huge world and that in their culture, in memory of these people Russia was not a persecutor, the gendarme and the murderer, and the second homeland...
“ They are children of the world who reforged the swords on plows and the of a spear on sickles, and do not know more war “. Menno Simmons. 1537.