Brüder in Not

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Brüder in Not (Brethren in Need) was a German relief organization composed of representatives of the Red Cross, the Catholic Caritas, the Evangelical Church charity, the Labor charity, and the Mennonites, to raise funds to aid the refugees who came out of Russia in November and December 1929, most of whom were Mennonites. Prof. B. H. Unruh was the Mennonite representative. Large sums of money were raised by a united appeal, led by President Hindenburg, who contributed 200,000 Reichsmark ($50,000), which were used to pay expenses for the maintenance of the refugees in the three camps at Mölln, Prenzlau, and Hammerstein, until the emigration overseas to Brazil and Paraguay was relatively completed (by August 1930).


Epp, Frank H. Mennonite Exodus: The Rescue and Resettlement of the Russian Mennonites Since the Communist Revolution. Altona, MB: D. W. Friesen & Sons Ltd., 1962: 236.

"Hindenburg Gives $50,000 To Emigres; Red Cross Will Use Fund to Aid Peasants of German Descent to Leave Russia." New York Times (20 November 1929).

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published April 2012

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Bender, Harold S. "Brüder in Not." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2012. Web. 15 Aug 2022.

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Bender, Harold S. (April 2012). Brüder in Not. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 15 August 2022, from


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 445. All rights reserved.

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