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David Friesen, the leader or Oberschulze of the Molotschna settlement, Ukraine, South Russia, in 1848-1865, the time of the struggle of the landless Mennonites of the settlement for recognition of their demands and for acquisition of land. Through their organization (see Landlosen-Kommission) and the support of the government they finally achieved their aim. David Friesen was a strong supporter of the landholding class, opposing the distribution of the surplus land among the landless.


Görz, H. Die Molotschnaer Ansiedlung. Steinbach, 1950: 110-118.

Isaak, Franz. Die Molotschnaer Mennoniten. Halbstadt, 1908:C 27-87.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 404. All rights reserved.

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