It seemed to me that people attending the MHV Auxiliary’s Film Night last week had rich experiences. The theme was “The Women’s Burden Under Stalin,” which was also the name of the Otto Klassen film presented that evening. Five adults who grew up in this era and experienced some of the horrors of the period told stories. In many cases, fathers had been sent to Siberia, never to return to their families. The Mothers had to work on the collective farms to sustain their families.

In addition to these stories of first hand experiences Roland Sawatzky delivered a brief lecture on the history of this time period. This information set the stage for an art exhibit coming to the Gerhard Ens Gallery in February of 2013 called Journey to Freedom: Women Refugees of the 1940s. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

About the Author

Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.