Originally written as an account of his ancestors and personal experiences intended for reading by family and relatives, the still incomplete manuscript eventually grew to over a thousand pages. As with a great deal of Rempel's writings it remained a work in progress, constantly being added to with extra snippets of information, corrections and endless revisions.
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His family inherited a large manuscript, mostly typed but also amended in Rempel's fine hand. Using the manuscript and a few other sources, his daughter, Cornelia, has carefully crafted a very fine account of Mennonite life in Russia and with the assistance of the University of Toronto Press brought Rempel's work of love and passion to a wider audience than perhaps he ever intended.
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Harvey Dyck provides an introduction, as the book is included in the Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies Series of his research program. Although the title suggests the book covers the period from the founding of the Khortitsa colony until the emigration of the first contingent of Khortitsa refugees to Canada in , the bulk of the book deals with the late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century period, roughly to The earlier period is covered mainly through a consideration of Rempel's ancestors viewed through the separate descent lines of his father and mother.
David G. Rempel was the outstanding historian of the Russian Mennonite past of his era. He combined an incisive mind and a phenomenal memory with a broad understanding of the historical and cultural context of Mennonite life in the Russian empire.
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Without fear or prejudice he laid the foundations for a modern, critical investigation of Russian Mennonite history. He was particularly helpful to younger scholars and contributed generously to furthering Russian Mennonite studies. His writing and his collection of material were important legacies to a life devoted to scholarship and learning.
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Rempel, David G. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, Urry, James.
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