A Compilation of Historical Voices
Katherine Martens long recognized the richness and poignancy of the ancestral stories in her husband's family. Her fascination with that personal history, increasing with each dramatic story that Edgar Reimer sent her, has resulted in this compilation. It traces up to five generations of descendants of Wilhelmine (Strauss) and Jakob D. Reimer. The couple came from Gnadenfeld, South Russia, where the Mennonite Brethren church had its beginnings. They migrated with a group of devout followers, mostly Reimer families, to found a new village they named Wiesenfeld in 1880. The account of this spiritual journey and the ensuing challenges is followed by a series of stories about two of Jacob and Wilhelmine's twelve children, Maria and Cornellius, and their descendants, who lived through tumultuous times of war, revolution and persecution.
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