Fonds Volumes 5514-5517; Photograph Collection 681 - Heinrich "Heinz" Bergen collection

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Heinrich "Heinz" Bergen collection

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CA MHCA Volumes 5514-5517; Photograph Collection 681

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  • 1968-2005, predominant 1993-2005 (Creation)

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25 cm of textual records
17 photographs

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Heinrich "Heinz" Bergen was born on 6 April 1927 in Kronsgarten, Chortitza, South Russia to Jakob Bergen (1895-1974) and Maria Wiens (1904-1952). In 1931 the family moved to Einlage. HIs father was arrested in 1935 and sentence for 20 years, eventually coming to Karaganda in 1953 and to Canada in 1963. Heinrich and his mother moved to Germany with the retreating German forces in 1942 and eventially to Paraguay where is mother died in 1952. Heinrich moved to Canada later and was living in Regina when his father joined him in 1963.

In his retirement years, Heinz Bergen pursued research into the history of Kronsgarten, Kronsweide, and Einlage. His efforts resulted in the publications of at least four books. They are: Chortitza Colony atlas : Altklonie = Mennonite Old Colony (2004), Verbannung : Unschuldig nach 'Sibirien' ins Verderben, 1935-1955 (2006), Einlage Kitschkas 1789-1943 : ein Denkmal (2008), and Einlage, Chronik des Dorfes: Kitschkas, 1789-1943 (2009).

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This collections contains research files related to Heinrich Bergen's work on Kronsgarten and Einlage. The files related to the village of Kronsgarten include files on the Kronsweide Mennonite Church and the villages of Wiesenfeld and Prijut, which had original settlers from Kronsgarten. There is extensive correspondence (some original and copy copied) between Henry Rempel (Montreal), Johann Klassen (Germany) and Jakob Bergen (Saskatchewan). Writers of articles and longer pieces on Kronsgarten or Kronsweide include Isaac P. Klassen (Winnipeg)and Hans Rempel (Virgil)

The Einlage accumulation of materials also has some correspondence, articles, clippings and longer writings. It includes the recollections of Abram A. Martens (1900-1979), who wrote about his memories covering 1907-1927, in German and English. Other writers include Wera Teichroeb, Catharina Martens-Berg and Isaac Reimer.

The photographs in the collection include an 1973 Reunon photo of former residents of Kronsgarten, Wiesenfeld and Prijut. There are also a few historic photos of Kitchkas (formerly called Einlage) such as the construction of the bridge across the Dnieper River and also a view of the hydro electric development project on the river. Eleven photos were taken by a group of Canadian tourist who went to visit the village of Prijut, Ukraine in 2000.

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Described by Alf Redekopp, March 2011.

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Online version of finding aid available at:,%20Heinz%20collection.htm

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Related material: Isaac and Olga Reimer fonds MHC map #1004 (Einlage.../Hein.Bergen)

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German, English and a little Russian

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