Cornies, Philipp David (ca. 1884-1942?)

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Philipp David Cornies, son of David Cornies, and grandson of David, an older brother of the noted Johann Cornies, was born in Spat, Crimea in 1884 or 1885, last seen alive about 1942 in northern Russia, an outstanding educator and leader of the Russian Mennonites. He attended school in Ohrloff, then spent two years in the normal school in Halbstadt. He taught elementary school in Klubnikovo, Neu-Samara, 1902-1905, where he married Luise Penner, then in Rosenort in the Molotschna 1905 to 1923 until forced out by the Bolsheviks. He served on the Executive Committee of the Molotschna Mennonite Teachers Association. He was also a poet of some ability. He refused ordination as a preacher, although he preached occasionally, and was a master of the Russian language. After 1922 he served with B. B. Janz in the leadership of the Verband der Bürger holländischer Herkunft. In one of his several imprisonments through torture he was forced to promise to stay in Russia and help build up the country, which promise he kept, serving several places as a technician in agriculture, also in the latter years as director of a dairy cattle breeding project in the concentration camp region of Ukhta-Pechorski Kray where he was last seen by Jacob A. Neufeld in 1942. Earlier he had spent five and a half years in the concentration camp in North Russia on the Solovetski Islands.


Tows, A. Mennonitische Märtyrer. Winnipeg, 1949: 271-275.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1953

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Bender, Harold S. "Cornies, Philipp David (ca. 1884-1942?)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 26 May 2018.,_Philipp_David_(ca._1884-1942%3F)&oldid=94255.

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Bender, Harold S. (1953). Cornies, Philipp David (ca. 1884-1942?). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 May 2018, from,_Philipp_David_(ca._1884-1942%3F)&oldid=94255.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 718. All rights reserved.

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