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This fond consists of letters, poems, and other written excerpts which were received and preserved by the family of Cornelius and Elisabeth Froese. The items give a picture of life in the former Soviet Union during the 1930s. They show the sense of dire poverty, poor crops, and loss of property and goods. They speak of life working in a collective farm and the difficulties created when the required food or fees could not be raised. One letter comes from Brazil, where another family member emigrated. A few letters seems to be from a later period when it was possible to travel between the USSR and Canada and visit relatives. Two letters were translated by John Froese (1924-2012). The remainder of the items were translated by the Mennonite Heritage Centre volunteer Ed Enns in 2012.
Froese, Cornelius H. and Elisabeth (Fast)