Journal of Mennonite Studies, Volume 22, 2004

By: LOEWEN, Royden (ed.).

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LOEWEN, Royden (ed.). Journal of Mennonite Studies, Volume 22, 2004. (Winnipeg : Chair in Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg, 2004). Pp [1]-320. Map. 8vo, illustrated pale grey card covers. "Most of the articles in this issue of the Journal of Mennonite Studies stem from a conference hosted by the Chair in Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg in October 2002. The conference, entitled ‘The Return of the Kanadier,’ referred to the immigration to Canada of some 50,000 Canadian-descendent Low German-speaking Mennonites from Latin America, most coming during the last generation. The term ‘Kanadier’ was once used to differentiate the Russian Mennonite immigrants who came to Canada in 1870s from the ‘Russlaender’ Mennoniteswho came during the 1920s. From the 1975 to about 2002 Mennonite Central C ommittee (MCC) used the term ‘Kanadier’ to denote the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Mennonites who left for Mexico and Paraguay in the 1920s when assimilative Canadian laws threatened Mennonite parochial schools. During the 1920ssome 8000 conservative Mennonites migrated southward and they were joined by a smaller migration following World War II. What Anglo-conformist Canadawould not allow, Mexico and Paraguay, each seeking earnest, hard working a griculturalists, did. They granted the newcomers the conditions that Mennonites had come to associate with ‘Privilegium,’ a government-issued charter of religious privileges. While a number of these migrants returned to Canada in the decades following the initial migration, especially large numbers of the migrants’ children and grandchildren, perhaps as many as 50,000 or 40% of all descendants, have ‘returned’ to the country of their ancestors inthe last three decades. In about 1976 MCC struck the ‘Kanadier Concerns Co mmittee’, in part to facilitate the resettlement of the Low German Mennonites from the south. While the 2002 conference at the University of Winnipeg was entitled ‘The Return of the Kanadier’, it is acknowledged that the term‘Kanadier’ is historically inaccurate and is not generally used by the mig rants themselves. They most often refer to themselves as ‘Dietsche,’ Germans, signaling a self identity evolved within a dominant Spanish milieu. The more precise term, and one recently adopted by MCC, is ‘Low German Mennonites from Latin America.’ Still the term ‘Kanadier’ has gained recognition among Canadian Mennonites as referring to the migrants from Latin America andwas used at the 2002 conference and in this issue." - from the Preface. Ve ry good to fine. 20.00

Title: Journal of Mennonite Studies, Volume 22, 2004

Author Name: LOEWEN, Royden (ed.).

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