There is a division of the Mennonite church that is sometimes called Russian Mennonite becuase they immigrated to then Prussia, which is about where Lithuania is; They kept their language and culture; most were eventually forced out by the Russian peasantry who greatly resented being displaced by these Germans, and also resented the preferential treatment the German settlers were given by Catherine (She had sought wealthier farmers in order to increase her tax-base, I think). I can easily hear one of these Russian Mennonites saying they are "pure German." In fact, I have heard them say that :). There are now German-speaking Mennonites all over the US and Canada, but they typically live in rural areas in proximity to each other (sizeable groups in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and Alberta).
Date: Monday, February 10, 2003 11:38:31 AM
Subject: Re: Hofgarten and the hyacinth garden
Sounds like something my mother would have said: