Hist. Mss. 1-901
Reynold Sawatzky, 1924-
Papers and Photographs, 1951-53, 1992
2 Boxes (1 Long Gray; 1 Oversize File)
Scope and Content
This collection focuses on Sawatzky's service
Mennonite Central Committee as director of material aid, 1951-53, in
Germany. Note also further records found in section on Material Aid,
Europe, MCC Collection (IX-19-7).
Sawatzky has also written a family history of
parents, Out From the Prairie: The History of the Family of Jacob
and Cornelia (Klassen) Sawatzky, compiled and edited by Reynold
Sawatzky, (Milford, Indiana: Kosko Printers, 1987).
1924 Born on November 27 in Herbert,
Jacob and Cornelia (Klassen) Sawatzky.
1929 Moved to Bloomfield, Montana where his
became pastor of the Bethlehem Mennonite Church.
1938 Baptized on September 25 at Bethlehem
Church by Rev. Abe Unruh.
1938-39 Moved to Madrid, Nebraska, where his
became pastor of a Mennonite congregation there.
1942-1950 Graduated from high school in Madrid,
Nebraska; worked for Mennonite farmers in Mountain Lake, Minnesota
during World War I with agricultural deferments from military service;
attended Grace Bible Institute, Omaha University, and Goshen College,
graduated from Goshen College in June of 1950 with a B.A. degree.
1951-53 Served as a Material-Aid Director in
with Mennonite Central Committee.
1953 Married Maurine Bauer of Morton, Illinois
1955-1960 Earned M. A. degree at Bradley
University in 1955, taught history at Hesston Academy and College from
1956 to 1960.
1960-1982 Entered the Federal Government Civil
working in Missouri, Iowa, and Maryland; joined the Presbyterian Church
during these years.
1982-1992 Retired early and moved to Goshen,
where he rejoined the Mennonite Church & worked for AMBS and
Mennonite Quarterly Review.
This manuscript and photographs were deposited
the Archives by Reynold Sawatzky, Goshen, Indiana in 1992.
Updated by Dennis Stoesz, March 1, 1996.
sketch written by Zach Landis, March 2, 2000 using autobiographical
sketch from Hist. Mss. 1/901 - Reynold Sawatzky Collection.
Box 1 (Long Gray)
"Biographical Data for Reynold Sawatzky," 2
Biographical Sketch, 1992
Ms. "MCC Service in Germany, 1951-53"
Manuscript entitled "Mennonite Central Committee,
Service Assignment in
1951 to July 1953," by Reynold Sawatzky, . Sawatzky was
Director of Material-Aid for MCC
during this time period. Title page; Table of
pages; Introduction, 3 pages; Journal, 161 pages; Appendix 9 pages.
Includes a few personal papers reflecting Sawatzky's
MCC service in Germany.
Photograph, Sawatzky, 1953
Photograph Album, 1952
Includes extensive identification
and annotations by Sawatzky:
distribution in Schleswig-Holstein region, 1952
World Conference, Basel, Switzerland, August 9-15, 1952
memorial celebration at Zurich, August 15, 1952, part of Mennonite
German Mennonites meeting at Hamburg Mennonite Church, West Germany,
5. MCC personnel in Hamburg, Germany
bundles to children in Hamburg
Distribution of flour at various places, 1952
8. Town of
9. MCC center
Box 2 (Oversize Folder)
Menno Simons Plaque, Wuestenfeld, Germany, 1940s
Includes photograph of Menno Simons' Monument at
Wuestenfeld, Germany, ca. 1940s: "Menno Simons, 1492-1559.". This
plaque on the monument was torn down for its metal, which was in short
supply after the war.
Refugee Memorial, Luebeck, Germany, 1951
Includes photograph of refugee memorial in St.
Mary's Church, in Luebeck, Germany, which shows the refurbished church
after the war, with new stained glass windows and the church bells sunk
into the floor where they had fallen when the church was bombed during
Presented to Sawatzky in November 1951 by Dr. Alfred
Wiebe, a local Mennonite refugee and leader, in appreciation of MCC
aiding 7,000 German refugees from the eastern provinces in Luebeck.
Name and Subject Tracing
Emigration and Immigration - Germany
International Relief - Germany
Mennonite Central Committee
Mennonite World Conference, 1952
Mennonites - Germany
Simons, Menno, 1496-1561
February 11, 2004 / Posted on web by Rebecca
November 25, 2003 / Updated by Helen Hostetler
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