The Mennonitische Rundschau, the only German Mennonite Brethren periodical still being published in North America, is now available to Mennonite researchers through University Microfilms of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Founded in 1880 by John F. Funk of Elkhart, Indiana, the purpose of the periodical was to provide Russian Mennonite immigrants with news about the Russian homeland and about their scattered communities in North America. Its first editor was a prominent Mennonite Brethren, John F. Harms, who later helped found the first Mennonite Brethren periodical in North America, the Zionsbote (1884).
In 1923 the Rundschau, as it was more popularly known, was moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where it is still being published. Over the years it gradually took on more of a Mennonite Brethren character and, in 1960, was purchased by the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
For Mennonite historians it provides first-hand accounts, through its correspondence and articles, of the settlement and subsequent growth of Russian Mennonite communities in North America. During the two major wars of this century and the resulting migrations of Russian Mennonites in eastern and western Europe, the Rundschau played a major role in keeping track of refugee movements and in the efforts to reunite families.
KARL STUMPP (1896-1982)
Dr. Karl Stumpp, a well-known genealogist, cartographer, and historian, died on January 20, 1982, in his home in Stuttgart, W. Germany. His scholarly pursuits focused on researching the settlement and history of German-speaking people in Russia. His most important publications are The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763-1862 (which, of course, includes the major Mennonite emigrations), an extensive series of maps locating the many German settlements in Russia, and Das Schrifttum über das Deutschtum in Rußland (a thorough bibliography of materials about Germans in Russia).
During World War II numerous Mennonites were employed by Dr. Stumpp, helping him collect much of the Mennonite data, especially concerning the Chortitza region, which later appeared in his publications. Dr. Stumpp was born in Alexanderhilf, Odessa Region, Russia, on May 12, 1896.