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Der Bote index completed


Der Bote Indexers (L-R): Peter Rempel compiler and editor of volumes 1 & 2 covering 1924-1963 (published in 1976, 1991); Adolf Ens, managing editor for most volumes, Helene Warkentin (formerly Friesen) indexer for volumes 3, 4 & 5, covering 1964-2000 (published in 1999, 2000, 2005); and, Bert Friesen, indexer for the final volume.

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October 2, 2009
-Lawrence Klippenstein

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The completion of a thirty year project of the Mennonite Heritage Centre in Winnipeg was celebrated on September 2, 2009.

The MHC released the final title of its six-volume Der Bote Index series. Der Bote was a German language newspaper that kept primarily Russian Mennonite readers informed and inspired for 84 years. Its extensive coverage of historical events, obituary columns, stories and photos would become a rich source of research as well as reading material for personal edification during its lifetime. The completed index will makes this comprehensive resource even more accessible and efficient for future researchers and genealogists.

The celebration was attended by over twenty people who had been personally connected to the project.

Volume I and II , compiled and edited by Peter Rempel appeared in 1976 and 1991. Helene Warkentin then indexed Volumes III-V, published in 1999, 2000, and 2005. Bert Friesen completed the series in 2008, the year in which the paper ceased publication. Dr. Adolf Ens was managing editor for most of the volumes. The project was funded largely by Mennonite Church Canada Formation and its predecessors (Resources Commission, Congregational Resources Board) and facilitated by the Mennonite Heritage Centre – a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada.

Der Bote was first edited by Diedrich H Epp of Rosthern, Sask., and in its last years by Ingrid Janzen Lamp. The indexes may be ordered from the Centre ( or via toll free phone (1-866-888-6785), or accessed on-line at

Corrected duration of Der Bote - October 8, 2009