Flight: Mennonites Facing the Soviet Empire in 1929-30, from the pages of the Mennonitische Rundschau
In 1929 Stalin's Five Year Plan was just coming into force. It led to vast collectivization of the farm economy, requisition of most of the yield of harvests, an intense assault on religious belief, the arrest and eventual exile of many better farmers, a shift to a five-day week, and the advantaging of cities and heavy industry.
For strong faith communities like the Mennonites, it was a very difficult time. In late 1929 many thousands of Mennonites were camped around Moscow in a panicked effort to leave—hopefully for Canada.
Read an article about the book by John Longhurst.
Also see Mennonite Weekly Review book review.
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