Going by the Moon and the Stars: Stories of Two Russian by Pamela E. Klassen

By Pamela E. Klassen

So, it was once January the 18 and it used to be the center of the evening. And it used to be very, very chilly. Snow used to be — we went almost about knee deep in snow — And we went at the street going towards Posen, capital of Wartegau. And so we acknowledged, “Let’s take that direction.” simply going by way of the moon and the stars. (Katja Enns)

Going via the Moon and the Stars tells the tales of 2 Russian Mennonite ladies who emigrated to Canada after fleeing from the Soviet Union in the course of international struggle II. in response to ethnographic interviews with the writer the ladies recount, of their personal phrases, their stories in their wartime fight and flight, their resettlement in Canada and their trip into previous age. specially, they inform of the overpowering significance of faith of their lives.

via those striking tales Pamela Klassen demanding situations traditional understandings of faith. The women’s voices, intimate and strong, testify to the significance of faith within the building of non-public background, in addition to to its oppressive and releasing capability.

Going by means of the Moon and the Stars can be of serious price to all these drawn to the Mennonites and Mennonite historical past, faith, women’s reviews, ethnic reports and lifestyles historical past.

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David, ten years older than Agatha, had left Gnadenfeld with his family in the 1920s. Agatha and David decided to get married. David went to speak to the minister at his church in St. Catharines, but to his surprise found that the minister refused to marry them. The problem was not that David was a widower, but that Agatha was not legally a widow. The uncertainty surrounding Aaron's death was enough to convince the minister and the church council that Agatha could not remarry. In 1947 it had become official church policy to refuse permission for remarriage in cases like Agatha's.

And all of the sudden the sound had disappeared, they had gone over. " because I was all by myself. So I started to crawl in the snow. And I came to the road. And there was a man standing, and he didn't move. And I said to him, "Don't you want to go on? " And it was just a mass of flesh and blood in the snow. So, I started to shiver. I started to walk by myself. And I found myself just going, one direction. I looked at the star and in school we learned that when you see the northern star and you know to the left is west and to the right is east.

And so all of a sudden someone tugged at me. " They had watched this. " I remember that. It was clear. It was Easter morning and we saw eggshells somewhere close by. T^ T^ ^T So I stayed at this farmer, they were Catholic. And, so there was nowhere to go. Everyday, whenever I had a chance I would go to the train tracks and see whether — because they said, the people that fled, there's always some on the train. Soldiers came back, and everybody was looking for someone, but there was never anyone.

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