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Walter Quiring was born Jakob Quiring in the Village of Friedensliebe, Ukraine on July 7, 1893. He fled the Soviet Union for Germany in 1921 with his wife, Maria Friesen, and son, Manfred.
He received a PhD from the University of Munich in 1928 and taught at the Schlossschule at Salem on Bodensee from 1927-1934. During that time, he changed his first name to Walter.
From 1934 to 1936, Quiring conducted research on Mennonite colonies in Paraguay and Brazil. Upon his return to Germany, he served as a department leader in the Deutsche Auslandinstitut in Stuttgart.
He was drafted into the German army in 1941 as a translator and journalist and ended the war as a British prisoner. In 1950, he emigrated to Canada. There he edited various German language publications, including "Mennonitische Welt" (1950-1953) and "Der Bote" (1955-1963).
From 1963 to 1965, he served as Professor of German and Slavic languages at United College, Winnepeg.
Quiring's publications include: "Deutsche erschliessen den Chaco" (1936), "Russlanddeutsche suchen eine Heimat" (1938), "Im Schweisse deines Angesichts" (1953), "Mennonites in Canada" (1961), and "Als ihre Zeit erfuellt war" (1964).