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The constructed Mennonite : history, memory, and the Second World War /
Hans Werner.
imprint
Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press, c2013.
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205 p. : ill.
ISBN
9780887557415 :
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imprint
Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press, c2013.
isbn
9780887557415 :
catalogue key
8906044
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Issued also in electronic formats.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Hans Werner teaches Mennonite Studies and Canadian History at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of Imagined Homes: Soviet German Immigrants in Two Cities. John Werner was his father.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A significant contribution particularly to the canon of life-stories of Mennonites (and other Soviet Germans) who lived through the tragic years of Stalinist repression and the Second World War. Werner's struggle with his ethnic identity as illuminated in the numerous name changes he experienced in his lifetime provides important and rare insight into issues of belonging and identity."
"Beautifully written and engaging, The Constructed Mennonite offers an unflinching look at how we present ourselves to those around us."
"Those interested in understanding the conflicted responses of Soviet Mennonites to Stalin's terror and World War II should read The Constructed Mennonite."
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Summaries
Main Description
John Werner was a storyteller. A Mennonite immigrant in southern Manitoba, he captivated his audiences with tales of adventure and perseverance. With every telling he constructed and reconstructed the memories of his life.John Werner was a survivor. Born in the Soviet Union just after the Bolshevik Revolution, he was named Hans and grew up in a German-speaking Mennonite community in Siberia. As a young man in Stalinist Russia, he became Ivan and fought as a Red Army soldier in the Second World War. Captured by Germans, he was resettled in occupied Poland where he became Johann, was naturalized and drafted into Hitler's German army where he served until captured and placed in an American POW camp. He was eventually released and then immigrated to Canada where he became John.The Constructed Mennonite is a unique account of a life shaped by Stalinism, Nazism, migration, famine, and war. It investigates the tenuous spaces where individual experiences inform and become public history; it studies the ways in which memory shapes identity, and reveals how context and audience shape autobiographical narratives.
Main Description
John Werner was a survivor. Born in the Soviet Union just after the Bolshevik Revolution, he was named Hans and grew up in a German-speaking Mennonite community in Siberia. As a young man in Stalinist Russia, he became Ivan and fought as a Red Army soldier in the Second World War. Captured by Germans, he was resettled in occupied Poland where he became Johann, was naturalized and drafted into Hitler's German army where he served until captured and placed in an American POW camp. He was eventually released and then immigrated to Canada where he became John. The Constructed Mennonite is a unique account of a life shaped by Stalinism, Nazism, migration, famine, and war. It investigates the tenuous spaces where individual experiences inform and become public history; it studies the ways in which memory shapes identity, and reveals how context and audience shape autobiographical narratives.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. v
Illustrationsp. viii
Introductionp. 3
Siberia
Beginningsp. 11
Difficult Yearsp. 21
Ivan, Stalin's Hopep. 31
The Mist Clearsp. 49
War
War Storiesp. 65
Johann: Becoming a Germanp. 79
The Fog of Warp. 93
The 401p. 103
The Collapsep. 117
Becoming Normal
New Beginningsp. 129
Margarethe (Sara) Vogt (Letkeman)p. 141
The Immigrantsp. 157
Memories, Stories, and Historyp. 169
Appendix: Family Treesp. 179
Glossaryp. 181
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 201
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