MHSA Archival Description Record
Chortitza Mennonite Church Interior
Title and Physical Description
Helen Friesen collection. — 1944-1987. — 1.35 cm of textual records. — 13 photographs
Helen Friesen was born Helen Pauls 27 May 1926, Chortitza Village, Chortitza
Settlement, USSR to Johann Pauls and Maria Friesen. During the period
of German Army occupation of certain parts of Ukraine in USSR, Helen
provided informational assistance which later became part of the Dorf
Bericht record for Mennonite and other predominantly German-origin
villages. During the war, she, her mother, and sister fled to Germany.
Helen found a Canadian family to sponsor her immigration to Canada in
the 1940s, but her mother and sister stayed behind. After years of domestic
service in rural Alberta settings, Helen moved to Calgary, met and married
on 5 Aug 1951 Cornelius Friesen. She has one adoptive daughter, Anita Friesen. Helen has
been a correspondent for a number of Canadian Mennonite newspapers,
writing in English and German. She is a member of the Mennonite Historical
Society of Alberta.
Scope & Content
The fonds consists of copies of autobiographical manuscripts written by Helen Friesen, David G. Rempel , and Olga Rempel as well as historic photographs and postcards. Olga Toews Regier Rempel was one of Helen Friesen's neighbors in Russia and the daughter of Prediger (Pastor) Aron Toews.
Source of Supplied Title
Title based on the contents of the fonds
Source of Acquisition
Gift by Helen (Pauls) Friesen, 2002-2004
See Files Inventory
For records related to the Helen (Pauls) Friesen fonds, see Einer
von Vielen [One of Many] also authored by Olga Rempel about her
father and The Mennonite colonies in New Russia : a study of their
settlement and economic development from 1789 to 1914, the doctoral
thesis by David G. Rempel that was completed in 1933.
Accession 2002.004, 2003.047, 2004.045
Language German and English
GRANDMA IV #352548
Last updated 10 Sep 2010 - Judith Rempel
Revised March 2012.
Series A. Manuscript Copies. — 1977-1987. — 1 cm of textual materials
The series consists of manuscript copies prepared by Helen or collected from family members. The series is
arranged by date
1-1 Wer nimmt uns auf [who will take us in?] by Olga Rempel - n.d.
1-2 Life in the Parental Home by David G. Rempel - n.d.
1-7 Erinnerungen [Memories] - 1977
1-8 Memoirs of Mrs. Helen Friesen, nee Pauls, Calgary, Alberta - 1987
Series B. Photographs. — 1944-??. — 7 photographs
The series consists of collected photographs. The series is arranged according to subject
1-5.2 David G. Rempel - n.d. [separated]
1-6.1 Exterior of Chortitza Mennonite Church - n.d.- [separated]
1-5.4 Hein. Hein Dyck, Papelheim, Mama's cousin, zweiten grad - n.d.
1-9 Helen Pauls with her parents? [laser copy] - n.d.
1-6.2 Interior of Chortitza Mennonite Church - n.d.- [separated}
1-5.1 Johann G. Rempel - 1944 [photo postcard, Rosthern, SK - separated]
1-5.3 [Russia?] - n.d.
1-10 Baptismal Group, Preussisch Stargard im Lager, Konradstein - 1944
Series C. Published Pictures. — 1985-??. — .25 cm of textual records. — 4 postcards
The series consists of collected photographs . The series is
arranged according to subject
1-3 Menno Simons Monument, Witmarsum - n.d.
1-4 Postcards - ca. 1985
1-4.1 The Museum windmill, Steinbach
1-4.2 Mennonitische Denkmal zur Erinnerungen die Opfer der Gewalt in diesem Jahrhundert
1.4-3 [men in white uniforms being photographed, Russia] - n.d.
1.4-4 [postcard addressed to P.J. Penner, Hague, Saskatchewan]. - n.d.