Mennonitisches Gemeindeblatt (1913-1939)

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The Mennonitisches Gemeindeblatt (until 1918 with the added phrase "for Austria") was the official organ of the Mennonite brotherhood of Kiernica-Lemberg in Poland. It was founded in 1913 as a 4-page 10 x 13 in. monthly paper, published in Lemberg. Its purpose was to inform the scattered Mennonites of Galicia concerning events in the brotherhood and to preserve their love and loyalty to the church and to the entire Mennonite brotherhood. The contents of the paper were chiefly composed of news of their own congregations, preaching services, changes of address, reports on meetings and their organization. In addition it contained religious meditations and articles from the field of Mennonite history and literature.

The first editor was Arnold Bachmann (d. 1920). At the outbreak of World War I in August 1914 the paper had to suspend publication for several years, resuming publication in December 1917 with Heinrich Pauls as editor. In 1920 Leopold Gesell took it over. It appeared irregularly until 1928, when Alfred Bachmann became editor and published it quarterly. In 1932 Arnold Bachmann became editor. He served until 1939, when the paper ceased publication, the Mennonites in that year having been resettled in the Warthegau. The last number extant is Vol. XXV (1939) No. 2. The paper was read for the most part by members of the group whose organ it was, but it also had a number of subscribers among the Mennonites in other countries.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III: 110.

Author(s) Arnold Bachmann
Date Published 1957

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