Erna Fast Mennonite Central Committee Hamburg Scrapbook, 1948-1949
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Brief Description: The scrapbook, presented to Erna Fast by Paul Neumann, documents the work of the "Mennoniten-Speisung," or Mennonite Soup Kitchen in Hamburg from 1948-1949.   It contains photographs of relief workers and Germans, as well as personalized letters of thanks and gratitude from those who received aid.
Held at:
Mennonite Church USA Archives
3145 Benham Ave, Ste. 1
Elkhart, IN 46517
Phone: 574-523-3080
Email: JasonK [at]
Record Series Number: HM1/960
Created by: Fast, Erna (1912-2008)
Volume: 1.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 08/04/2005.
Arrangement: Single item
Biographical Note for Fast, Erna (1912-2008) :

Erna Fast was born December 13, 1912 in Mountain Lake, Minn.  After completing high school, in 1931 she taught in Minnesota.  She graduated Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) in 1943 and from new York Biblical Seminary in 1946.  Fast had hoped to serve as a minister, but the Mennonite Church did not elect women minister at that time.

She worked for Mennonite Central Committee from 1948-1949, aiding Germans and  war refugees.  Upon her return to the United States, she recruited volunteers from Bethel College to assist German students.  Her work ultimately became an established Wupperthal - Bethel student exchange program. 

Her professional life was devoted to Christian education in Presbyterian and Congregationalist churches.  She died in Hesston, Kansas in 2008.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to the public.
Subject Index
Fast, Erna, 1912-2008
Mennonite Central Committee
Reconstruction (1939-1951)
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
German [ger]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.
Acquisition Notes: Rachel Pannabecker
PreferredCitation: Erna Fast Mennonite Central Committee Hamburg Scrapbook, 1948-1949.  HM1-960.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.