Mennonite Heritage Village

The Russländer Exhibit

May 25, 2019 - April 1, 2020

Gerhard Ens Gallery

From 1923 to 1930 over 24,000 Mennonites fled the Soviet Union, having survived years of war, violence, hardship, and trauma. The Russländer explores the lives and stories of these immigrants to Canada by examining their lives in the Russian Empire before the Russian Revolution in 1917, the circumstances under which they left the Soviet Union, and the factors that helped to bring them to Canada. The exhibit asks how the history of the Russländer is remembered today through the objects that the immigrants brought to Canada with them and the stories they shared about their lives.  Through a partnership with Eastman Immigrant Services, The Russländer also asks why the experiences of the Russländer nearly one hundred years ago is still relevant today and explores the connections between this Mennonite story and the histories of more recent immigrants to southeast Manitoba.