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The Christlicher Abreisskalender, a devotional booklet published in the form of a pad containing daily devotional reading sheets to be torn off as used, arranged to be hung on the wall of a room, edited by Jakob Kroeker, published by the Mennonite firm Raduga at Halbstadt, Russia, beginning with the year 1899 and ceasing publication with the beginning of World War I. It was not particularly Mennonite in character, designed to serve an interdenominational public and widely sold among non-Mennonites, who took over half of the edition of 25,000 copies (in the last years). It was the first German devotional calendar in Russia, and undoubtedly was an imitation of similar calendars in Germany, such as the Neukirchener, which were quite popular among the Mennonites and were pietistic in character.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, II

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1955

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