Bagdannen (Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia)
Bagdannen, a former Mennonite congregation near Tilsit, East Prussia (now Sovetsk, Kalingrad Oblast, Russia), also called "the scattered church of Prussian Lithuania." The Mennonites living here had much to endure from the dragoons of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I, who finally expelled them from the district. The Mennonite Archives of Amsterdam contain a number of letters and statements from and concerning the congregation of Bagdannen (the first dated 23 September 1723), from which it becomes clear that the Mennonites of the Tilsit Lowland lived in great insecurity, and had to suffer much mistreatment: overnight many brethren had been taken prisoners, and neither letters nor visits, either by the leaders of the congregation itself or by the Dutch Mennonites, had any result. In 1725-1726 the congregation was completely expelled from this territory, some emigrating to the Netherlands; most, however, settled in the Kleine Werder and other places of Polish Prussia.
The Dutch Committee of Foreign Needs organized a general offering in May 1726 in behalf of these people, which was taken in all Mennonite churches of Holland, and which brought in more than 30,000 guilders. During this period David Penner was a minister of the church of Bagdannen, whereas Salomon Jantzen seems to have been a deacon. The members of this Lithuanian congregation were mostly of Dutch descent; they had also won some Lutherans for their church, which was taken very ill by the Prussian King. The congregation belonged to the Waterlanders.
Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. I, Nos. 1571-1581; v. II, 2, Nos. 703-739.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 212. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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