Mennonitische Jugendwarte (Periodical)

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The Mennonitische Jugendwarte was a periodical published 1920-1939 by the Youth Commission of the Conference of the South German Mennonites. The Youth Commission was created in 1919; at its first session, 27 February 1920, at Weierhof, it considered its first obligation to be the publication of a quarterly, "whose contents consider the interests of youth and should therefore perform the function of advising, teaching, and stimulating young people."

Emil Händiges, minister of the Ibersheim Mennonite Church, was appointed editor. Since the duties of the editor as traveling evangelist had taken him into many homes, the periodical was gratefully received in all the homes of the conference. The subscription list, extending as far as West Prussia, numbered 1,000 in its early period. The great topics of faith and a Christian world view, questions of youth, suggestions on good literature, and also articles on Mennonite history were published by the paper. The youth movement, which was at that time developing spontaneously, was reflected in the reports: Youth Days were held now and again, youth groups were organized left of the Rhine, and leaders chosen. In March 1924 Händiges resigned. The editorship was temporarily assigned to a committee, which functioned until 28 February 1927, when Walter Fellmann, pastor of the Monsheim Mennonite Church, became editor. After 1929 it appeared in six issues (later only four) annually with 750 subscribers. The last issue was August 1939, but it continued two years as a bimonthly supplement to the Gemeindeblatt.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 109.

Author(s) Walter Fellmann
Date Published 1957

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