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.
22 June 2001