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Maria Ens, daughter of the Dutch Mennonite pastor Hendrik Ens, born 6 February 1882, at Gorredijk, died August 21, 1936, at Deventer, Holland. She was teacher of German at Deventer, but in the secretaryship of the Vereniging voor Gemeentedagen  she found her real lifework. From June 1923 to June 1936 she gave much time and devotion to the stimulation of this spiritual movement with its many activities. In 1932 she initiated conferences for unemployed at the Elspeet Brotherhood Home, which have proved to be of blessing for a large number of men and women. Miss Ens was very active also in lending assistance to the Mennonite emigrants from Russia to North and South America, especially in 1931, when she organized a large collection of clothing for the Russian Mennonites, whom she visited repeatedly in their temporary camps at Prenzlau and Mölln, Germany.

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Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1937): 34-38 with portrait.

See also Briefen, 1923-36 passim.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 225-226. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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