Fleischer, Frederik Cornelis (1863-1929)
|F. C. Fleischer
Frederik Cornelis Fleischer, born 1863 at Amsterdam, died 1929 at Beekbergen, at first a teacher, then a Dutch Mennonite pastor, serving Broek op Langendijk 1896-1902, Makkum 1902-1909, and Winterswijk 1909-1924. He is known for his interest in social work and as the founder of a Dutch Association for public hygiene, called Het Groene Kruis (The Green Cross), in 1900, of which he was the president, serving until his death. Its purpose is to promote public health by fighting tuberculosis, by training nurses and maternity nurses, by giving material help during illness, etc. This undertaking of Pastor Fleischer, who planned the organization for the benefit of all the Dutch people, has proved to be very successful. The work, which at first was done from the Mennonite parsonages of Makkum and Winterswijk, spread all over the country. In 1919 an office was established in Utrecht, and the Groene Kruis was subsidized by the government. Besides this work Fleischer also served as secretary of the Dutch General Committee of Foreign Needs from 1 July 1921, until his death. He energetically organized the Dutch Mennonite aid for the suffering Russian brethren, whom he visited in the Ukraine in 1922 (see Fonds voor Buitenlandsche Nooden). Fleischer published a booklet on Menno Simons (Amsterdam, 1892); Bloesemknoppen (sermons) (Broek op Langendijk, 1902); Die Tauf gesinnten in den Niederlanden (n.p., 1904); De Doopsgezinden (Baarn, 1909); De Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Winterswijk (Winterswijk, 1911); a number of sermons and some articles in the Doopsgezind Jaarboekje on the activities of the Committee of Foreign Needs (DJ 1923, 43-78; 1924, 61-78). From 1896 to 1910 he was the author of the yearly statistical surveys in the Doopsgezinde Bijdragen. Besides this he published a large number of articles in the Zondagsbode and in various Dutch non-Mennonite daily and weekly papers.
In 1908, while visiting the Unitarian Conference at Boston, Massachusetts, he also visited some Mennonite congregations in America, e.g., in Philadelphia. His son Willem Isaak Fleischer is also a Mennonite pastor, serving Terschelling 1930-1933, Balk and Woudsend 1933-1942, Steenwijk and Meppel 1942-1946, Meppel 1946-1949, and Groningen after 1949.
Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.H. de Bussy, 1919: 13, 43, 91, 318.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1908): 200
Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1931): 21-29 with portrait
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 653.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 337. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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