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Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia

Future Events

The Constructed Mennonite: History, Memory, and the Second World War

Speaker: Hans Werner

7:00 pm   Saturday,   May 10th, 2014

Admission is free, and light
refreshments will be served

Bakerview MB Church,
2285 Clearbrook Road,
Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 2X4

For more information please contact:
Mennonite Historical Society of BC
211 - 2825 Clearbrook Road,
Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 6S3
E-Mail: archives@mhsbc.com
Telephone: (604) 853-6177

Book Review: Hans Werner.
The Constructed Mennonite: History, Memory, and the Second World War.

Hans Werner: The Constructed Mennonite: History, Memory, and the Second World War (University of Manitoba Press, 2013)

How does one come to terms with one's past, especially when dealing with issues one would rather forget? Hans Werner's father, Johann, was born in the Soviet Union and served as a Red Army solder in WWII. After being captured, he was drafted into Hitler's army, ending up as an American POW before finding a home in Canada.

"The Constructed Mennonite is a unique account of a life shaped by Stalinism, Nazism, migration, famine, and war. It investigates the tenuous spaces where individual experiences inform and become public history; it studies the ways in which memory shapes identity, and reveals how context and audience shape autobiographical narratives." (https://www.goodreads.com)

"...this was a most enjoyable read and one that has me mulling over memory work in my personal and family experience." Dora Dueck (http://doradueck.wordpress.com/)

Hans Werner will be speaking on this topic at 7 pm, Saturday, May 10 at Bakerview MB Church, 2285 Clearbrook Road.