Backnang, a small town (2005 pop., 35,761) in central Württemberg, Germany, 15 miles (25 km) northeast of Stuttgart (coordinates: 48° 56′ 47″ N
, 9° 25′ 50″ E)
, location of a Mennonite refugee camp 1946-1951, and a Mennonite resettlement project 1951-1953, where a PAX
service unit of young voluntary service men from the United States
shared in the building of homes. The refugee camp, not exclusively Mennonite, contained at its peak 600 Mennonite refugees from Russia
. The Mennonite Central Committee
(MCC) aided with much food and clothing and had personnel serving there for shorter periods of time, chiefly for processing prospective immigrants to Canada
, and Uruguay
. The resettlement project, largely for former Danzig-area Mennonites, was operated by the settlers under German government direction and financing but with a loan from the Mennonite Central Committee to each settler family for the necessary down payment. A unit of 10-15 American Mennonite voluntary service workers under MCC direction (Pax Services), supported totally by American Mennonite funds, contributed labor toward the construction of 10 apartment houses, housing 64 families, 1951-54.
Map:Backnang (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
|| Harold S Bender
| Date Published
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Bender, Harold S. "Backnang (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 19 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Backnang_(Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg,_Germany)&oldid=75054.
Bender, Harold S. (1955). Backnang (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Backnang_(Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg,_Germany)&oldid=75054.
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