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

By Hans Werner

John Werner was once a survivor. Born within the Soviet Union simply after the Bolshevik Revolution, he was once named Hans and grew up in a German-speaking Mennonite group in Siberia. As a tender guy in Stalinist Russia, he grew to become Ivan and fought as a crimson military soldier within the moment global conflict. Captured by way of Germans, he was once resettled in occupied Poland the place he turned Johann, used to be naturalized and drafted into Hitler’s German military the place he served till captured and put in an American POW camp. He was once ultimately published after which immigrated to Canada the place he turned John.
    The developed Mennonite is a different account of a existence formed by way of Stalinism, Nazism, migration, famine, and struggle. It investigates the tenuous areas the place person studies tell and turn into public heritage; it experiences the ways that reminiscence shapes id, and divulges how context and viewers form autobiographical narratives.

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21 BA, 41/949, “Kriegestagebuch Nr. 1,” p. eleven, sixteen December 1944. 22 BA, 41/949, “Kriegestagebuch Nr. 1,” p. thirteen, 19 December 1944. 23 Macdonald, A Time for Trumpets, 310. 24 BA, 41/949, “Kriegestagebuch Nr. 1,” p. 21, 14 December 1944. 25 BA, RH 41/950, half I, “Befehle-401, Tagesbefehl,” 17 January 1945. 26 BA, RH 41/950, half I, “Befehle-401, Tagesbefehl, Nr. 5,” 18 January 1945. 27 BA, 41/948, “Kriegestagebuch Nr. 2,” p. 2, 5–17 February 1945; RH 950, half I, “Befehle-401, Tagesbefehl Nr. 8,” nine March 1945. 28 BA, 41/948, “Kriegestagebuch Nr. 2,” pp. 2–3, 18 February–2 March 1945. 29 BA, 41/950, half II, “Befehle—401, Abteilungsbefehl Nr. 22,” nine March 1945; 41/948, “Kriegestagebuch Nr. 2,” p. three, 8–11 March 1945. 30 Geoffrey Cubitt, historical past and reminiscence (Manchester: Manchester collage Press, 2007), a hundred thirty. bankruptcy nine: The cave in 1 BA, 41/948, “Kriegestagebuch Nr. 2,” p. three, 23 March 1945; Len Cacutt, ed. , Decisive Battles: The Turning issues of global battle II (New York: Gallery Books, 1986), 118. 2 John Werner, interview tape 6, summer time 1988. three this is able to were because of the the Germans establishing the Schwammenaul Dam on 10 February 1945 to gradual the improvement of the americans. four John Werner, interview tape four, 23 March 1988. five John Werner, interview tape 6, summer season 1988. The soldier’s quip didn't arise within the formal interviews, yet used to be a frequently repeated characteristic of my father’s tales. 6 John Werner, interview tape four, 23 March 1988; Deutsche Dienstelle, VI/313, 20. 10. 1988. 7 Frank Kermode, “Palaces of Memory,” in reminiscence: An Anthology, ed. Harriet Harvey wooden and A. S. Byatt (London: classic, 2009), nine. eight John Werner, interview tape four, 23 March 1988. nine John Werner, notes of a talk, 15 October 1989. 10 John Werner, interview tape four, 23 March 1988. eleven James Bacque, different Losses (Toronto: Stoddart, 1989). 12 Steven Ambrose, “Ike and the Disappearing Atrocities,” ny occasions publication overview, 24 February 1991, http://www. nytimes. com/books/98/11/22/specials/ambrose-atrocities. html. thirteen Robert S. Anderson, ed. , Preventative drugs in global battle II, quantity IX, specific Fields (Washington, DC: usa military, 1969), 378–79; Bacque, different Losses, 22–23. 14 John Werner, interview tape five, four March 1988. 15 John Werner, interview tape four, 23 March 1988. sixteen John Werner, notes of a talk, 15 October 1989. 17 John Werner, interview tape four, 23 March 1988. 18 John Werner, interview tape five, four March 1988. 19 Ibid. 20 Ibid. bankruptcy 10: New Beginnings 1 John Werner, interview tape five, four March 1988. My father had a “Prisoner of battle Discharge” rfile dated 21 August 1946 at Regensburg. It was once signed via Fred E. Wilson and has a stamp with “1st Infantry department Discharge heart” on it. an analogous date is famous within the transcript of his army checklist. Deutsche Dienstelle, VI/313, 20. 10. 1988. 2 David Thelen, “An Afterthought on Scale and History,” magazine of yank background seventy seven, 2 (1990): 591. three John Werner, interview tape five, four March 1988. My father had a letter from the Civilian hard work place of work of the 3492nd Ordnance MAM corporation dated 17 January 1947 certifying his employment with the above from 28 August 1946 to 17 January 1947.

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