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Gerhard Harder: evangelist and min­ister of the Halbstadt congregation, Molotschna, Taurida, Russia; born in 1857 as fourth child of Bernhard Harder (1832-1884), well-known minister, teacher, and poet of Halbstadt.

Gerhard was educated at the Halbstadt Zentralschule and pedagogical classes and—after teaching in an elementary school until 1883—at St. Chrischona near Basel, Switzerland. Harder then took a private course in Russian and became a teacher of the Halbstadt Musterschule connected with the pedagogical classes of the Halbstadt Zentralschule, serving here for five years (1885-90). He then became a minister of the Ohrloff-Halbstadt congregation and was appointed evangelist (Reiseprediger) by the Mennonite Gen­eral Conference (Bundeskonferenz). He wrote a biography of his father Bernhard Harder in the vol­ume Geistliche Lieder und Gelegenheitsgedichte (Hamburg, 1888).

Gerhard Harder was married to Justina Peters Harder; they had four sons. His son Johannes graduated from the Teachers' Institute at St. Peters­burg and taught at the Halbstadt Zentralschule from 1909 until his death during the Revolution.

Harder was arrested in January 1931 together with Elder A. Klassen, spent several months in jail at Halbstadt, was sentenced to banishment to Siberia but fell ill and died at the Muntau hospital the day before the execution of the sentence. Earnestness and at the same time a great kindliness were outstanding features of his character and work.

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Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911.


Author(s) Heinrich Goerz
Date Published 1956


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Goerz, Heinrich. "Harder, Gerhard (1857-1931)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 23 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Harder,_Gerhard_(1857-1931)&oldid=114096.

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Goerz, Heinrich. (1956). Harder, Gerhard (1857-1931). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Harder,_Gerhard_(1857-1931)&oldid=114096.




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