Mennonite
Historical
Society

of Alberta

Peter Bartel fonds, 1867,1 cm

Accession 2013.013

Title and Description

Peter Bartel fonds, 1867, 1 cm

Administrative/Biographical History

Peter Bartel, 1812-1879, was an ordained Aeltester of the Gemeinde Montau-Gruppe in West Prussia .  He, together with Gerhard Penner, Koczlitskie, Aeltester der Neubuder Gemeinde, Johann Toews, Ladekopp, Aeltester der Ladekopper Gemeinde, Johann Wiebe, Fuerstenwerder, Aeltester der Fuerstenwerder Gemeinde,  and Johann Penner, Pr.-Koenigsdorf, Aeltester der Thiensdorfer Gemeinde, were members of a West-Prussian Mennonite delegation which met in Berlin in  October and November 1867, with senior Prussian military and politicalleaders to seek exemption from a new Prussian military service act.   The delegates received assurances and some concessions, approved by the Riechstag (German parliament) on 9 November 1867.  Not all the Mennonite  concerns were addressed.  That evenually led to the migration of many Prussian Mennonites to Russia.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 5-page typewritten copy of a report, written by Peter Bartel, describing the meetings of the five Aeltesten with senior Prussian military and political leaders.  Also included in an English translation of the document by Annemary Buhler, and and otherwise unidentified newspaper report based on Peter Bartel’s report.

Source of Acquisition

The documents were provided by Erika Quiring to Irene Klassen who donated them to the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta Archives.