Struth Mennonite Church near Saverne, Lower Alsace, France, was probably established soon after the end of the Thirty Years' War by emigrants from Switzerland. Its members were increased by refugees who had been driven out of Markirch by the decree of 1712. It appears in the Dutch Naamlijst of 1768 and following as "Stroeter Gemeente." It was located in the midst of a sympathetic Protestant population, which resulted later in mixed marriages, which may well have accounted in part for the ultimate disappearance of the congregation. Leading names in the community indicate previous Mennonite origin, such as Haury, Zehr, Biehler, Hunzinger, Kempf, Lehmann, Springer, Muller, Maurer, Martin, and Risser. It was represented at the Essingen Conference in 1759 by Uli Sommer, and in 1779 by Christian Nafziger and Hans Schertz. It participated in 1809 in the collection for defraying expenses of the delegates to Paris in the matter of nonresistance. The Naamlijst of 1802 lists Christian Naftziger, Jr., as elder. By the middle of the 19th century Struth had died out.
Sommer, P. "Assemblée de Struth." Christ Seul (January 1932): 4 f.
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Bender, Harold S. "Struth Mennonite Church (Saverne, Alsace, France)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Struth_Mennonite_Church_(Saverne,_Alsace,_France)&oldid=96616.
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