Collection 665 - Arthur W. Slagel Photograph Collection

Beginning American Mennonite Relief Tractor Program American Mennonite Relief Worker A. W. Slagel American Mennonite Relief Worker at desk Four American Mennonite Relief workers 5 American Mennonite Relief Workers in Russia Two American Mennonite Relief Workers in Russia Four male American Mennonite Relief Workers in Russia Two American Mennonite Relief Workers in Russia American Mennonite Relief seedlings Group of AMR workers in Russia, relaxing in the shade
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CA MHC 665

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Arthur W. Slagel Photograph Collection

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(1891-1943)

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  • served in famine-stricken southern Russia under the auspices of the fledgling Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
  • reached Constantinople in September 1920 with Orie Miller and Clayton Kratz, where he assembled relief shipments bound for Russia
  • served with the American Mennonite Relief organization, the Russia-based arm of MCC to established kitchens in the Ukraine, supervising a feeding program for 75,000 people, including 60,000 Mennonites for 18 months, 1922-1923.

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The Centre received these photographs as part of the A.A. Vogt's Mennonite Genealogy Inc. collection. Margaret Kroeker is of the opinion that her father, A. A. Vogt acquired them from his friend John P. Klassen of Bluffton, Ohio, sometime during the early 1960s. Klassen and Vogt were long-time friends from Russia. Both got involved in the early emigration movement in 1923. Just prior to his immigration, A.A. Vogt had worked closely with Slagel in the relief effort. Slagel had appointed Vogt as the chair of the Schoenwiese committee in April 1922 and also accepted his resignation as the time of emigration drew nearer. Correspondence between Klassen and Vogt from 1962 and 1963 mentions and describes immigration papers related to the negotiations for the 2nd train load of the 1923 emigrants, as well as photographs which Klassen has in his possession. He tells Vogt the photographs will be of interest to him and that he will know what to do with them. It seems quite likely that Klassen was referring to these photos taken by Arthur W. Slagel. Klassen visited Manitoba in 1965. A.A. Vogt made some annotations on the photos before he died in 1968. The Mennonite Heritage Centre acquired the A.A. Vogt Mennonite Genealogy Inc. collection in 2007.

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Related material: "The Orie O. Miller Diary: 1920-21." Pandora Press, 2018.

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