Düsseldorf, a government district in North Rhine-Westphalia, includes the former duchy of Cleves as well as parts of the duchies of Jülich and Berg, where the Anabaptist movement attained considerable strength in the 16th century. Large congregations maintained themselves in Gladbach and Kleve; the former died out in the 17th century, and the latter in the 19th, although there have always been several Mennonite families living in Kleve. Mennonites expelled from adjacent territories and towns gathered in Krefeld in the 17th century. They laid the foundation for the velvet and silk industry there, which soon acquired a leading position in Germany. Krefeld was the only modern Mennonite congregation in this district. When many Danzig refugees located in this area, a congregation of this group, called Bergisches Land, was organized in 1948, and had a membership in 1952 of ca. 250 including children. Most of the members lived in the district of Cologne.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 496.
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