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Herrnhut And Russia: Archival Records On Moravian Activity In Russia From The Unity Archives In Herrnhut, Germany

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Before looking at the Sarepta records and at the other records concerning Russia in Herrnhut, this chapter defines who the Moravians were. Several factors played a role in the decline of the Moravian community of Sarepta. The most immediate cause for its dissolution was interference by the government in the management of church properties in 1891. Since Sarepta was no longer a Moravian community, church records were sent to Herrnhut where they were handed over to the Unity Archives. After Sarepta lost its status as an official Moravian congregation, it became a Lutheran community. Sarepta is not a Moravian community anymore; that period ended more than a century ago. There are close contacts with the Moravian Church in Germany: on a personal level with Moravians visiting and supporting restoration work, and on a more academic level with scholars coming to visit the Unity Archives in Herrnhut to study our collections.

Keywords: archival Records; Germany; Herrnhut; Lutheran community; Moravian community; Russia; Sarepta records; unity archives



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