Fürsorge-Komitee (Guardians' Committee)

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Fürsorge-Komitee (Fürsorgekomitee; Guardians' Committee) was the name of the agency established by the Russian government in 1818 to succeed other agencies to supervise the foreign settlements in Russia, and be responsible for their progress and administration. The full name was Guardians' Committee of the Foreign Colonists in the Southern Regions of Russia (German, Fürsorge-Komitee für die Kolonisten der südlichen Gebiete Russlands). It had its seat originally at Kherson, later at Ekaterinoslav, and finally at Odessa. It had three branch offices; Ekaterinoslav, Kherson, and Bessarabia. At first the Fürsorge-Komitee was subject to the Ministry of the Interior. In 1837 it became subject to the Ministry of Royal Estates. Both agencies were located in St. Petersburg. In 1871 the Fürsorge-Komitee was abolished and the foreign settlers, including the Mennonites, became subject to the provincial and local authorities of their respective settlements and communities.

See also Government of Mennonites in Russia; Bureau of Guardianship of the Foreign Colonies (Russia)


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Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1956

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Fürsorge-Komitee (Guardians' Committee)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 24 Apr 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=F%C3%BCrsorge-Komitee_(Guardians%27_Committee)&oldid=81099.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1956). Fürsorge-Komitee (Guardians' Committee). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 April 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=F%C3%BCrsorge-Komitee_(Guardians%27_Committee)&oldid=81099.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 426. All rights reserved.

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