Though he joined the Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian), thus breaking with Mennonitism congregationally, traditionally he remained a part of the Mennonite community. As a descendant of the Russian Mennonites he was deeply concerned with the fate of these Mennonites after World War I, when revolution and famine struck. Before the large immigration of Mennonites from Russia to Canada took place during the early 1920s, there was an Order-in-Council in Ottawa that forbid all Mennonite immigration to Canada. This order was passed because of the nonresistant stance taken by the Mennonites of Canada during World War I. Through his influence in political circles in Ottawa and his friendly relations with such leaders as W.L. Mackenzie King, Gerhard Ens was instrumental in helping to remove these seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 4.19 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2005.
Kornelius Gerhard Ens and Anna Dyck web site. (cached version from Google: 8 March 2005), viewed 25 December 2005; http://www.streetnix.com/tree/WC01/WC01_014.HTM Link not active 7 November 2006
|Author(s)||John G. Rempel|
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||January 2006|
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Rempel, John G. and Richard D. Thiessen. "Ens, Gerhard (1864-1952)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2006. Web. 8 Mar 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ens,_Gerhard_(1864-1952)&oldid=56282.
Rempel, John G. and Richard D. Thiessen. (January 2006). Ens, Gerhard (1864-1952). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 March 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ens,_Gerhard_(1864-1952)&oldid=56282.
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