The Jewish Onslaught Rages On

The Jewish Onslaught Rages On

This article was written by Ben Klassen, the founder of Creativity in August 1983.

On the day when I was born 65 years ago in a remote little Mennonite settlement in the southern Ukraine, a chaotic battle was raging between the Bolshevik revolutionaries and fragments of the White Army of Russia. The battle was raging not on some distant front, but right in our own back yard. My mother told me that one of the cannon balls took off the end gables of our roof, another tore through the stables (our barn and house adjoined) and another shell exploded outside in the hog pen. The village in which I was born was called Rudnerweide. It was one of 50 such villages in our particular settlement called the Molotschna colony. The German speaking Mennonites had first settled in this part of Russia just north of the Black Sea when they had first come there in 1804. Like the pioneers of Western America they started to develop and till the land. The land was exceedingly fertile and the Mennonites prospered. They were an industrious, hard working group of people, practicing racial loyalty and always close to the soil. They took good care of the land and their farms, and the land was good to them. Not only was the land productive, but the Mennonites too, were fertile. Not only did they prosper, but they multiplied. They did exceedingly well what Nature told them to do – reproduce their own kind. My dad, who was born in 1878, was second in a family of fourteen, twelve of whom lived to adulthood.

The Mennonites were also extremely religious, following a Protestant creed professed by Menno Siemens in Holland, a Catholic priest turned reformer and protester in the style of Martin Luther. In the neat prosperous villages in which my people lived in Russia, the churches and the schools were centers of their social activities, which were many and colorful, since the Mennonites were a very gregarious people. There are a few tenets of the Mennonite religion that stand out. One of them that had caused them considerable problems throughout their history was their avowal of pacifism. The business of ‘turn the other cheek,’ love your enemies,’ ‘thou shalt not kill’ had made them shun military service and this in turn had caused many other countries to drive them out. One such country wa ...

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