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Up from the Rubble

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The passing, on January 4, 2010, of Peter Dyck, following the death of his wife, Elfrieda, in 2004, marks the end of a remarkable chapter in Mennonite life and history. Readers can re-live those incredible days following World War II when the Dycks helped Mennonite refugees escape from war-torn Europe and to find new homes in South America and Canada. In addition to the ep ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Herald Press (VA)
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Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
European fugitives of World War II come alive in these memories of a couple who served on the spot, starting in 1941. The first "spot" was in England, and I especially enjoy Peter's experience making decisions with The Friends (by consensus) p 28, and the description of taking afternoon walks with the children in his charge.

"Much of England's countryside is like a large park, and walking through it is sheer delight. Such walks also afforded another opportunity for learning: to appreciate nature,
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Marfita by: a grandson of one of the refugees
Armed only with the precept that "God Can," Canadian Mennonite Peter Dyck goes to England to aid the Mennonite relief effort for the English and then dedicates himself to the rescue and relocation of Mennonite refugees, most of whom are fleeing Stalin's oppression. He meets Elfrieda, also a Mennonite; they become engaged during a air raid, marry, and organize refugee camps, transportation of refugees to Paraguay (of all places) - all in the face of overwhelming odds. Their task is made easier on ...more
Aug 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Peter and Elfrieda Dyck are Mennonites who gave their lives to help Mennonites from Germany, Poland, and Russia find new life in a new place during WW II. It was fascinating to read details of the lives of people, of ocean journeys and new colonies, especially those stories involving people who traveled and settled in Paraguay. To make it even more interesting was to be reading the adventures on our flight to the Mennonite World Conference in Asuncion, Paraguay. This book was captivating.
Great memoir of the work of the Mennonite Central Committee in Europe (especially Berlin) during and after WWII. I found it inspiring and fascinating. The children's book Henry's Red Sea is closely based on some of the events in this book.
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Amazing story telling a part of Mennonite history that I knew nothing about.
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