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Steinbach was the name of a large private estate near the Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, South Russia, established by Klaas Wiens, the first Oberschulze of the Molotschna settlement. Alexander I visited this estate in 1818 and was impressed by the successful planting of trees on the bare steppes. This was one of the reasons for the founding of the Molotschna Mennonite Agricultural Association. The son-in-law of Klaas Wiens, Peter Daniel Schmidt (1789-1856), was also a successful cultural leader. He established a secondary school on the estate. His son Peter Schmidt (1817-1876) continued the tradition.

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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: 158 ff., 167, 615.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Steinbach (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 22 Oct 2016.,_Ukraine)&oldid=134909.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1959). Steinbach (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 October 2016, from,_Ukraine)&oldid=134909.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 624. All rights reserved.

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