Hollandsch Doopsgezind Emigranten Bureau
Hollandsch Doopsgezind Emigranten Bureau (Dutch Mennonite Emigration Office) was a committee founded in June 1924 on the initiative of the Mennonite Church Board of Rotterdam, and supported by the Mennonite Committee of Foreign Needs (see Fonds voor Buitenlandsche Nooden), sponsored by the Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit (Dutch Mennonite General Conference). The first trustees were S. H. N. Gorter, president-secretary; J. Th. de Monchy, treasurer; J. Thiessen, M. P. Schütte, J. N. de Jong, all of Rotterdam, and Pastor A. Binnerts Szn and J. W. van der Vlugt of Haarlem. Soon Z. Kamerling became secretary, followed by C. S. Altmann of Rotterdam, who both as secretary and treasurer 1927-1937 (together with Pastor Gorter) did much for the Mennonite refugees. The services rendered by the committee were fivefold: (a) collecting money, clothing, and medicines in the Netherlands; (b) (especially during the first three years) sending food rations to Russia; (c) boarding the Russian Mennonites passing through Rotterdam, who had to wait there even for months; (d) shipping the refugees to North and South America; (e) aftercare of those who immigrated to South America (this care was given on a large scale to the Mennonite settlements in Brazil after 1930).
The refugee rush reached its peak in 1928-1930. By 1930 more than 1,000 Mennonite refugees from Russia had passed Rotterdam. After 1930 the number soon decreased and the committee could give full attention to the needs and problems of the Mennonites in Brazil. By 1936 the activities of the committee had practically stopped. More than 220,000 guilders have been collected and spent on this work of Christian and brotherly charity.
Archives of the Hollandsch Doopsgezind Emigranten Bureau, found in the Mennonite Archives of Rotterdam.
De Zondagsbode from July 1924 on.
Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1926): 53-62; (1931): 67; (1935): 69-76.
Mennonite World Conference. Der Allgemeine Kongress der Mennoniten: gehalten in Amsterdam, Elspeet, Witmarsum (Holland) 29. Juni bis 3. Juli 1936. Karslruhe: Druck und Verlag Heinrich Schneider, : 143-146.
Mennonitische Welt-Hilfskonferenz, Danzig 1930. Karlsruhe n.d.: 28, 65 f., 90-94.
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