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Erich  Otto Randt, a historian and archivist at Berlin, Germany, was born at Neu-Paleschken, East Prussia on 17 May 1887, the son of the preacher (Lehrer) Richard Randt. He received his elementary instruction at Mausdorf in the Elbing district, and later attended the Gymnasium at Marienburg for eight years and studied geography and history at the universities of Breslau and Königsberg. In 1912 he published his dissertation, Die Mennoniten in Ostpreussen und Litauen bis zum Jahre 1772, a thorough piece of research, which gives detailed information on the origin of the Mennonites of East Prussia and their life and achievements in the early period. He became an archivist and died at Berlin on 6 May 1948.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III: 428.

Author(s) Christian Hege
Ernst Crous
Date Published 1959

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Hege, Christian and Ernst Crous. "Randt, Erich Otto (1887-1948)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 May 2016.,_Erich_Otto_(1887-1948)&oldid=84311.

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Hege, Christian and Ernst Crous. (1959). Randt, Erich Otto (1887-1948). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2016, from,_Erich_Otto_(1887-1948)&oldid=84311.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 251. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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