New York (Ignatyevka Mennonite Settlement, Donetsk, Ukraine)

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New York (later Nov­ho­rodske or Novgorodske), was a village in the Ignatyevka Mennonite settlement, historically in the province of Ekaterinoslav and now in the Donetsk Oblast in Ukraine. The Chortitza settlement bought an estate here in 1888 from Count Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev (1832-1908) for its landless members and founded six villages in the following year. Of these villages, New York, with a population (1913) of 926, and Nikolayevka became the centers of the settlement. Each of the two villages had a Zentralschule, a Mennonite Brethren meetinghouse, and a Mennonite meetinghouse. With its subsidiaries Borissovo and Grigoryevka and with the forestry service unit at Azov, the New York Mennonite congregation had a membership (in 1905) of 2,275. For the Mennonite Brethren congregation in this settlement see Nikolayevka Mennonite Brethren Church.

The name of the village was requested by the wife of Count Ignatyev, Ekaterina Leonidovna Galitzina (1842-1917). In 1951 Soviet authorities changed the name, believing that the name of New York was a sign of capitalism. The town's name was changed back to New York by Ukraine's parliament in 2021.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 223.

Huber, Tim. "New York in Ukraine: name change would mark return to Mennonite roots." Anabaptist World. 26 May 2021. Web. 21 January 2022.

Karazy, Sergiy and Margaryta Chornokondratenko. "New York on Ukraine's frontline: parliament backs town's name change." Reuters. 2 July 2021. Web. 21 January 2022.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1957

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Krahn, Cornelius. "New York (Ignatyevka Mennonite Settlement, Donetsk, Ukraine)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 2 Jul 2022.,_Donetsk,_Ukraine)&oldid=172932.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1957). New York (Ignatyevka Mennonite Settlement, Donetsk, Ukraine). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 July 2022, from,_Donetsk,_Ukraine)&oldid=172932.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 865. All rights reserved.

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