Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta


MHSA Archival Description Record

Title and Physical Description
Heinrich Gerbrandt fonds. — 1997. — .5 cm of textual records. - 1 compact disk

Administrative/Biographical History
Heinrich Gerbrandt, 1923- , was born in Halbstaedt, Molotschna Colony, Ukraine. His family were successful farmers and landowners, but most of their wealth was confiscated during the Russian Revolution. By 1929 the Soviet border was closed to emigrants, and the family re-settled in the village of Polinovka in the Caucasus. Heinrich was interned in forced labour camps from 1941 until the end of the Stalin era in 1953. He settled in Oblomowka, a collective farm in Kazakhstan, where he married Anna Martens in 1954. In 1958 he began a new career as a teacher of German in Moscow, which led to a university position in 1968.

Custodial History
The fonds in digital format was acquired by Frank Martens of Summerland, BC, possibly a relative of Anna Gerbrandt.

Scope & Content
The fonds consists of Heinrich Gerbrandt's autobiography, written in German, with a translation by Irene Klassen.

Source of Supplied Title
Title based on contents of the fonds

Source of Acquisition
Gift by Frank Martens, 2007 and 2012

The materials are in German and English

Access Restrictions
No restrictions on access

Finding Aids
No finding aid

Accession no. 2007.008 and 2012.020
Last updated August 2012 - Jim Bowman

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