Going by the Moon and the Stars: Stories of Two Russian Mennonite Women

TitleGoing by the Moon and the Stars: Stories of Two Russian Mennonite Women
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsKlassen, Pamela E.
Number of Pages151
PublisherWilfrid Laurier University Press
City, CountryWaterloo, ON
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Tells the stories of two Russian Mennonite women who emigrated to Canada after fleeing from the Soviet Union during World War II. Based on ethnographic interviews with the author the women recount, in their own words, their memories of their wartime struggle and flight, their resettlement in Canada and their journey into old age. Above all, they tell of the overwhelming importance of religion in their lives. Through these remarkable stories Pamela Klassen challenges conventional understandings of religion. The women's voices, intimate and powerful, testify to the importance of religion in the construction of personal history, as well as to its oppressive and liberating potential. Going by the Moon and the Stars will be of great value to all those interested in the Mennonites and Mennonite history, religion, women's studies, ethnic studies and life history.

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