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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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Krahn, Cornelius. "Friesen, David (19th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 26 May 2016.,_David_(19th_century)&oldid=94745.

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