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Prangenau, a village in the Molotschna Mennonite settlement in South Russia, was established in 1824 on the right bank of the Yushanlee River, about 50 miles from Berdyansk. The first elder, Gerhard Wall, proposed that the village be named for Prangenau of West Prussia. Originally the village had 23 families, about half of whom had come from the Chortitza Mennonite settlement of South Russia, and the others from the Marienburg and Tilsit areas of Prussia.  The village was destroyed after World War II.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 388.

Wolter, Margarete. "Die Gemeindeberichte von 1848 der deutschen Siedlungen am Schwarzen Meer." Sammluug Georg Liebbrandt IV. Leipzig, 1941: 151 f.

Author(s) Benjamin H Unruh
Date Published 1959

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Unruh, Benjamin H. "Prangenau (Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 27 Apr 2017.,_Zaporizhia_Oblast,_Ukraine)&oldid=67331.

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Unruh, Benjamin H. (1959). Prangenau (Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 April 2017, from,_Zaporizhia_Oblast,_Ukraine)&oldid=67331.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 210. All rights reserved.

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