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[[File:KlassenPJ.JPG|300px|thumb|right|''Peter J. Klassen'']]     Peter J. Klassen: a [[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]] (GCM) minister and an outstanding Mennonite poet and literary artist. He was born at Ohrloff, [[Molotschna Mennonite Settlement (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Molotschna]], [[Russia|Russia]] on 7 June 1889 and attended secondary school at [[Spat (Crimea, Ukraine)|Spat]], [[Crimea (Ukraine)|Crimea]], where he later taught. On 3 January 1910, he married Liese Löwen and entered business. During 1916-24 he was again a teacher, but he also made numerous trips to [[Moscow (Russia) |Moscow]] to represent the Mennonite constituency. He was active as a youth leader and choir director. On 3 July 1923, he was elected minister of the Ebenfeld Mennonite Church and was ordained by P. Wiens. After teaching a year at [[Arkadak (Saratov Oblast, Russia)|Arkadak]] he immigrated to [[Canada|Canada]] in 1925 and lived for a while in Rosthern and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In 1928 he purchased a farm at Superb, Saskatchewan, and stayed there until 1948, when he moved to Yarrow, British Columbia, where he spent the last years of his life. He died at Chilliwack on 19 July 1953.
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[[File:KlassenPJ.JPG|300px|thumb|right|''Peter J. Klassen'']]
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Peter Jacob Klassen: a [[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]] (GCM) minister and an outstanding Mennonite poet and literary artist; born at [[Spat (Crimea, Ukraine)|Spat]], Crimea, South Russia on 7 June 1889 to Jakob Peter Klassen (1857-1902) and Neta (Goertzen) Klassen. Peter married Liese Loewen (22 September 1892, South Russia - 17 January 1992, [[Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)|Vancouver]], British Columbia, Canada), daughter of Isaac and Agatha (Enns) Loewen, on 3 January 1910. Peter and Liese had 11 children: Peter, Arthur (died young), Lillian, Arthur, Oscar, Frieda, Elsie, Eleanor, Rudy, William, and Heide. Peter died on 19 July 1953 in [[Yarrow (Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada)|Yarrow]], British Columbia, where he was buried.
  
Peter J. Klassen, although struggling with sickness and want nearly all of his life, was an outstanding writer. [[Janzen, Jacob H. (1878-1950)|J. H. Janzen]] said of him, "He is the one who is most widely known in German literature and is the only [Mennonite] poet who has received high honors and an income for his literary work." In 1951 the Canadian Mennonite Conference published 5,000 copies of his <em>Verlorene Söhne</em> because of its significance in promoting the Mennonite peace principles. Many of his stories appeared in installments in <em>[[Bote, Der (Periodical)|Der Bote]]</em>. He was also a constant contributor to <em>[[Kinderbote (Periodical)|Der Kinderbote]]</em> for the column "Onkel Peters Ecke."
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Peter attended secondary school Spat, Crimea, where he later taught. In 1910, he married Liese Loewen and entered business. During 1916-24 he was again a teacher, but he also made numerous trips to [[Moscow (Russia) |Moscow]] to represent the Mennonite constituency. He was active as a youth leader and choir director. On 3 July 1923, he was elected minister of the Ebenfeld Mennonite Church and was ordained by P. Wiens. After teaching a year at [[Arkadak (Saratov Oblast, Russia)|Arkadak]] he immigrated to [[Canada|Canada]] in 1925 and lived for a while in [[Rosthern (Saskatchewan, Canada)|Rosthern]] and [[Saskatoon (Saskatchewan, Canada)|Saskatoon]], Saskatchewan. In 1928 he purchased a farm at Superb, Saskatchewan, and stayed there until 1948, when he moved to Yarrow, British Columbia, where he spent the last years of his life.
  
Among Klassen's writing are the following: <em>Der Peet. Geschichten vom Peet und seinen Kameraden,</em> 4 vv. (Superb, 1943-49); <em>Die Heimfahrt</em> (Superb, 1943); <em>Heimat einmal--Eine Erzählung aus Russlands jüngster Vergangenheit,</em> 2 vv.; <em>Die Geschichte des Ohm Klaas</em> (Regina: The Western Printers Association, ca. 1947); <em>Fünfunddreissig Fabeln</em> (Superb, 1944); <em>Grossmutters Schatz und andere Geschichten, Gedichte und Fabeln</em> (Superb, 1939); <em>Als die Heimat zur Fremde geworden, wurde die Fremde zur Heimat</em> (Winnipeg).
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Peter J. Klassen, although struggling with sickness and want nearly all of his life, was an outstanding writer. [[Janzen, Jacob H. (1878-1950)|J. H. Janzen]] said of him, "He is the one who is most widely known in German literature and is the only [Mennonite] poet who has received high honors and an income for his literary work." In 1951 the [[Conference of Mennonites in Canada|Canadian Mennonite Conference]] published 5,000 copies of his <em>Verlorene Söhne</em> because of its significance in promoting the Mennonite peace principles. Many of his stories appeared in installments in <em>[[Bote, Der (Periodical)|Der Bote]]</em>. He was also a constant contributor to <em>[[Kinderbote (Periodical)|Der Kinderbote]]</em> for the column "Onkel Peters Ecke." Klassen used the pen name "Peter Quidam."
= Bibliography =
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= Writings =
Rempel, J. G. <em class="gameo_bibliography">Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzbestrebungen, 1902-1952, </em><span class="gameo_bibliography">2 vols</span>. Steinbach: Derksen Printers, 1952: v. 2, 344 f.
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<em>Als die Heimat zur Fremde geworden,wurde die Fremde zur Heimat: Eine Erzahlung von dem seltsamen Geschichten Starkmutiger deutscher Menschen, die das Schicksal meistern.</em> Winnipeg, MB: National Publishers, [1933?]. 170 pp. Originally published in Der Nordwesten.
  
Janzen,  J. H. "The Literature of Russo-Canadian Mennonites." <em class="gameo_bibliography">Mennonite Life</em> 2 (January 1946): 24.
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<em>Grossmutters Schatz und andere Geschichten, Gedichte und Fabeln; Illustrationen von Arnold Dyck.</em> Superb, SK: Selbstverlag des Verfassers, 1939. 132 pp.
  
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<em>Heimat einmal: eine Erzählung aus Russlands jüngster Vergangenheit.</em> Yarrow, BC: Columbia Press, [1940?]. 2 vv.
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<em>Der Peet. Geschichten vom Peet und seinen Kameraden.</em> Superb, SK: P. J. Klassen, 1943-49. 4 vv.
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<em>Die Heimfahrt.</em> Superb, SK: P. J. Klassen, 1943. 88 pp.
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<em>Fünfunddreissig Fabeln.</em> Superb, SK: P. J. Klassen, 1944. 74 pp. The book includes fables written by Ivan Andreevich Krylov (1768-1844) translated by Klassen.
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<em>Die Geschichte des Ohm Klaas: "wenn die Stunden sich gefunden, bricht die Hilf' mit Macht herein".</em> [Yarrow, B.C.?]: Selbstverlag des Verfassers, [ca. 1947]. 130 pp. Also published in Regina in 1947 and reprinted in 1986 by the Mennonitische Post, Steinbach, MB.
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''Verlorene Söhne: Ein Beitrag in der frage der Wehrlosigkeit''. Winnipeg, MB: Christian Press, [1951]. 110 pp. This book was dramatized by Esther Neufeld ca. 1990.
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= Bibliography =
 
<em class="gameo_bibliography">Der Bote</em> (19 August 1953): 6.
 
<em class="gameo_bibliography">Der Bote</em> (19 August 1953): 6.
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'''GRANDMA''' = GRANDMA (The '''G'''enealogical '''R'''egistry '''an'''d '''D'''atabase of '''M'''ennonite '''A'''ncestry) Database, 7.05 ed. Fresno, CA: [http://calmenno.org/index.htm" California Mennonite Historical Society], 2013: #476670.
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Janzen, J. H. "The Literature of Russo-Canadian Mennonites." <em class="gameo_bibliography">Mennonite Life</em> 2 (January 1946): 24.
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Rempel, J. G. <em class="gameo_bibliography">Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzbestrebungen, 1902-1952, </em><span class="gameo_bibliography">2 vols</span>. Steinbach: Derksen Printers, 1952: v. 2, 344 f.
 
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Peter J. Klassen

Peter Jacob Klassen: a General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM) minister and an outstanding Mennonite poet and literary artist; born at Spat, Crimea, South Russia on 7 June 1889 to Jakob Peter Klassen (1857-1902) and Neta (Goertzen) Klassen. Peter married Liese Loewen (22 September 1892, South Russia - 17 January 1992, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), daughter of Isaac and Agatha (Enns) Loewen, on 3 January 1910. Peter and Liese had 11 children: Peter, Arthur (died young), Lillian, Arthur, Oscar, Frieda, Elsie, Eleanor, Rudy, William, and Heide. Peter died on 19 July 1953 in Yarrow, British Columbia, where he was buried.

Peter attended secondary school Spat, Crimea, where he later taught. In 1910, he married Liese Loewen and entered business. During 1916-24 he was again a teacher, but he also made numerous trips to Moscow to represent the Mennonite constituency. He was active as a youth leader and choir director. On 3 July 1923, he was elected minister of the Ebenfeld Mennonite Church and was ordained by P. Wiens. After teaching a year at Arkadak he immigrated to Canada in 1925 and lived for a while in Rosthern and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In 1928 he purchased a farm at Superb, Saskatchewan, and stayed there until 1948, when he moved to Yarrow, British Columbia, where he spent the last years of his life.

Peter J. Klassen, although struggling with sickness and want nearly all of his life, was an outstanding writer. J. H. Janzen said of him, "He is the one who is most widely known in German literature and is the only [Mennonite] poet who has received high honors and an income for his literary work." In 1951 the Canadian Mennonite Conference published 5,000 copies of his Verlorene Söhne because of its significance in promoting the Mennonite peace principles. Many of his stories appeared in installments in Der Bote. He was also a constant contributor to Der Kinderbote for the column "Onkel Peters Ecke." Klassen used the pen name "Peter Quidam."

Writings

Als die Heimat zur Fremde geworden,wurde die Fremde zur Heimat: Eine Erzahlung von dem seltsamen Geschichten Starkmutiger deutscher Menschen, die das Schicksal meistern. Winnipeg, MB: National Publishers, [1933?]. 170 pp. Originally published in Der Nordwesten.

Grossmutters Schatz und andere Geschichten, Gedichte und Fabeln; Illustrationen von Arnold Dyck. Superb, SK: Selbstverlag des Verfassers, 1939. 132 pp.

Heimat einmal: eine Erzählung aus Russlands jüngster Vergangenheit. Yarrow, BC: Columbia Press, [1940?]. 2 vv.

Der Peet. Geschichten vom Peet und seinen Kameraden. Superb, SK: P. J. Klassen, 1943-49. 4 vv.

Die Heimfahrt. Superb, SK: P. J. Klassen, 1943. 88 pp.

Fünfunddreissig Fabeln. Superb, SK: P. J. Klassen, 1944. 74 pp. The book includes fables written by Ivan Andreevich Krylov (1768-1844) translated by Klassen.

Die Geschichte des Ohm Klaas: "wenn die Stunden sich gefunden, bricht die Hilf' mit Macht herein". [Yarrow, B.C.?]: Selbstverlag des Verfassers, [ca. 1947]. 130 pp. Also published in Regina in 1947 and reprinted in 1986 by the Mennonitische Post, Steinbach, MB.

Verlorene Söhne: Ein Beitrag in der frage der Wehrlosigkeit. Winnipeg, MB: Christian Press, [1951]. 110 pp. This book was dramatized by Esther Neufeld ca. 1990.

Bibliography

Der Bote (19 August 1953): 6.

GRANDMA = GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 7.05 ed. Fresno, CA: " California Mennonite Historical Society, 2013: #476670.

Janzen, J. H. "The Literature of Russo-Canadian Mennonites." Mennonite Life 2 (January 1946): 24.

Rempel, J. G. Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzbestrebungen, 1902-1952, 2 vols. Steinbach: Derksen Printers, 1952: v. 2, 344 f.


Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1957


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Krahn, Cornelius. (1957). Klassen, Peter J. (1889-1953). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 July 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Klassen,_Peter_J._(1889-1953)&oldid=123271.




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