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Author: Herman Rempel

Herman Rempel has deep roots in the Mennonite Plautdietsch language and culture. A third generation Canadian, he was born in 1915, Altona, Manitoba, in the West Reserve granted by the Canadian government to the Mennonites in southern Manitoba in 1875. He grew up on the family farm two miles east of Gretna, Manitoba, and is a product of the Mennonite educational traditions of the 1920s and 1930s. He attended Edenburg School, the Mennonite Collegiate Institute, the Winnipeg Normal School and the University of Manitoba. He taught school from 1937 to 1943.

A federal public servant from 1946 until his retirement in 1979, Mr. Rempel has in the past several years done extensive reference work in Plautdietsch and its vocabulary, pronunciation and orthography. The first edition of his dictionary in Plautdietsch appeared in 1979.

MennoLink, 22 June 2001