The story of Claas Epp (1818 - 1913) and his followers is an
unusual event in the history of the Mennonites. From his earliest youth Epp was
totally preoccupied with eschatological events. As a minister in Hannsau, Trakt
Colony he preached that the Mennonites should move to central
The trek was almost 3,000 kilometres long, It was the most difficult migration Mennonites have made. Many children died along the way. In Tashkent Epp and Abraham Peters got into a disagreement. Finally Peters with his followers moved to Aulie Ata and Epp’s group went to Ak Metchet.
The Peters group settled in four villages along the
Ak Metchet was settled in 1884 by a remnant of the Claas Epp
group. It is located on an oasis about twelve kilometres southeast of Khiva.
The villagers resisted collectivization. As a result they were sent to a labour
camp. After the death of Stalin they moved to other parts of the
In recent years many of the families from Leninopol and Ak
Metchet have immigrated to