Hannover (Niedersachsen, Germany)
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Hannover (English, Hanover), the capital (population about 400,000 in 1955; 522,944 in 2007; coordinates: 52° 22′ 0″ N, 9° 43′ 0″ E) of the former province of Hannover and now the capital of the German federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), had about 40 Mennonites before World War I. In 1891 they united with the support of the Vereinigung der Mennoniten im Deutschen Reich to hold regular annual religious services. These were conducted by the preachers of Emden, Hamburg-Altona, Leer, Norden, Krefeld, and Friedrichstadt in the home of the merchant J. Schütt. On 8 November 1908, a committee of three was chosen (Th. Brons, W. Riewesehl, J. Schütt) to arrange for monthly services. After the death of J. Schütt (8 August 1909) the group met in the Logenhaus, Schiffgraben 8, for several years. Since 1913 there have been no services. On 8 April 1929, the annual meeting of the Curatorium of the Vereinigung was held in Hannover. In connection with this session a service had been held on the day before in the auditorium of the Psychological Institute, which was attended by nearly 40. The hope was expressed that regular services could again be arranged, but this was not realized until after World War II when many refugees from the Danzig area located in this area and a meeting in Hannover was placed on the preaching circuit of the Göttingen congregation.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 249.
Mennonitische Blätter (1891), and other years, especially (1908): 96; (1929): 49.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 647. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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MLA style: Neff, Christian. "Hannover (Niedersachsen, Germany)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 18 May 2013. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/hannover_germany.
APA style: Neff, Christian. (1956). Hannover (Niedersachsen, Germany). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 May 2013, from http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/hannover_germany.