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In January 1952, seven American Mennonite men living in Europe--former relief workers, missionaries, and university students--met in Amsterdam.
In "Luna," for example, Friesen indicates that young Mennonite men attended seminary (28) in order to prepare for the ministry, and this could set the story around the 1950s when that became a trend.
Even insofar as they participate in a rural community segregated from society at large to preserve a way of living, traditional Mennonite men manifest recognizable features of North American ideals of masculinity, engendered with specific religious doctrines and dogmas about gendered roles.
An amusing vignette is of three Mennonite men mistakenly identified as Jews and invited into a synagogue to complete a minyan--a congregational quorum of ten required to recite certain communal prayers.
Similarly, it is usually implied that the Mennonite commitment to pacifism and non-resistance is an issue for Mennonite men to struggle with and carry out.
Victor Klets, a graduate student at the University of Dnepropetrovsk, has recently identified three Mennonite men who were members of the local gendarmerie/frequently used as executioners in the Holocaust: Ivan Frantsevich Jantsen of Dnepropetrovsk; Peter Jakovlevich Penner of Novo-Vitebsk, who served as a policeman in Friesendorf (Stalindorf), and then in the gendarmerie in Pyatikhatkakh; and Peter Frantsevich Dick, a member of the German gendarmerie of Orlovo in the Nikolayev region who, according to a witness, "beat up Soviet citizens and transported them to the shooting site.
In one of the two prose poems of this book, a thin coat evokes the poignancy of young Mennonite men vulnerable to recruiting armies in Russia: the thin coat in this poem is the overcoat of the young Uncle Petya worn while praying "before being shot to death by Bolshevik recruiters" (39).
Unfortunately for Mennonite conscientious objectors, these courts were not always impartial nor sympathetic to Mennonite pleas for exemption, and consequently some young Mennonite men still had to serve in the Red Army.