The Matching Sock

Last summer Rudy Friesen, a member of our MHV Board of Directors, presented a plaque to Dr. Katherina Neufeld, director of the Museum für Russlanddeutsche Kulturgeschichte (Museum for the Cultural History of Germans from Russia) in Detmold, Germany. (See previous post at ) This plaque, displaying a child’s sock, is intended to serve as a reminder to their staff and guests of the relationship MHV wishes to maintain with their museum because of the intersection of our stories.

Last week, the other sock from the pair was mounted on a similar plaque in the foyer of our Village Centre. This plaque now also reminds us and our guests of the relationship we continue to have with this German museum.

The socks included in the plaques were knit by Susanna Neufeld, nee Heinrichs, who was born in 1892 in South Russia, which is today Ukraine. In 1912 she married Gerhard Neufeld, who was murdered by rebel forces in 1920. Susanna Heinrichs Neufeld emigrated to Canada in 1924 and was known to be a talented seamstress.

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Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.