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Gebietsamt (Russian, Volost; i.e., district government) was the name (German) of the authority established by Mennonites in Russia to govern a large settlement consisting of a number of villages; its head was the Oberschulze. This form of Mennonite district self-government was transplanted from the Mennonite settlements in Russia to Manitoba, Mexico, and South America.

See also Government of Mennonites in Russia


Francis, E. K. In Search of Utopia: the Mennonites in Manitoba. Altona, MB: D.W. Friesen & Sons, Ltd., 1955; Reprinted Steinbach, MB : Crossway Publications, 2001: 84 f., 90-96.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1956

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Gebietsamt." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 28 Apr 2017.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1956). Gebietsamt. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 April 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 441. All rights reserved.

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