Fonds Photo Collection 680; Textual: Volume 5500:1-4 - Albrecht family fonds

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Albrecht family fonds

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CA MHCA Photo Collection 680; Textual: Volume 5500:1-4

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  • 1905-2009, predominant 1905-1926 (Creation)

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4 photographs
1 cm of textual records

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The Albrecht family immigrated to Canada from the Russia in 1925 and settled in Manitoba. The family included the parents Peter A. Albrecht (1882-1952) and Maria (Dyck) Albrecht (1888-1965)and their three sons Peter (1910-1993), Abram (1912-1993) and Henry (1913-2007). As member a of the Mennonite community in Imperial Russia, Peter A. Albrecht, did alternative service in a forestry camp, serving as the camp's treasurer. In the forestry camps (Forestei), the young men learned to work together, performed labour for the good of the country and remained true to their conscience by not participating in direct military war actions. The young men were proud of their uniforms, often wearing them on Sundays, on holidays and for photographs. After 1914, these forestry men served in the Red Cross until 1917. The Albrecht family cherished the few items that survived from their life in Russia, when the came to Canada.

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The items in this fonds were acquired by Ike (I.H.) Warkentin, the son-in-law of Abram P. Albrecht, one of the the three sons of Peter A. Albrecht. Abram P. Albrecht wrote to Ike: "Besides my father Peter A. Albrecht, Forestry treasurer, there are five Warkentins in the picture. Why don't you do some research on them. Then give the picture to the place best suited."

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This fonds contains a composite photograph consisting of 167 individual portraits of Mennonite men that served in the Imperial Russia's Forestry service at Razin, a photograph of teacher Heinrich Johan Dueck (1862-1922) with students of school(Dueck was a teacher in Kleefeld, Gnadental and Klippenstal, Molotschna), and a 1903 funeral photo of 18 year-old Heinrich Albrecht of Prangenau (South Russia) showing the coffin being transported with a horse drawn carriage. This fonds also includes background information on the Razin Forestei where members of the Warkentin and Albrecht family served plus genealogical information on the Albrecht, Peters, von Kampen, and Warkentin families. Some of the data is an update for the published family history book entitled, "John Warkentin and his Descendants 1820-1990".

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Arranged and described by Alf Redekopp, January 2011.

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Some German, some Russian (with translation)

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