Omsk Mennonite Zentralschulen

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Omsk Mennonite Zentralschulen. The Mennonites of the Omsk settlement in Siberia early recognized the need for a secondary school. A school board created for this purpose established a Zentralschule in Kulomzino, later called Novo-Omsk, which became the railroad center of the city of Omsk, in 1911. The first teachers were Gerhard J. Gäde, B. J. Schellenberg, and Jacob Hübert. The school was closed in 1915, during World War I. Whether it was reopened after the Revolution is not clear. After World War I a Zentralschule was opened in Margenau. Margenau is located on the Trans-Siberian Railroad between Omsk and Isil'-Kul. The following teachers taught there: Abram Schierling, Wilhelm Wilmsen, Maria Wilmsen, Jakob Epp, Aron Rempel, Suse Löwen, Agatha Friesen, Hans Braun, and Hans Legiehn. The Soviet government later took over the school and adjusted it to its educational system.


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Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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