Clayton Kratz

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Clayton Kratz (1898–[presumed] 1920[1] or 1921[2]) was a Mennonite relief worker from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania,[3] best known for his disappearance from the village of Halbstadt in the German Mennonite settlement of Molotschna during the Russian Civil War.[1] Sent by the then newly established Mennonite Central Committee,[4] the story of Kratz served as an inspiration among the international Mennonite community, with a Goshen College residence hall[5] and an educational grant program (sponsored by the Delaware Valley chapter of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), formerly known as the Clayton Kratz Fellowship)[6] named after him. Kratz's story is recounted in the 1971 book When Apples Are Ripe: The Story of Clayton Kratz,[7] and the 2001 documentary A Shroud for a Journey.[8][9] Kratz attended Blooming Glen Mennonite Church in Blooming Glen, Pennsylvania as a child.

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  1. ^ a b "In the Footsteps of Clayton Kratz" by Sidney King, Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee website, retrieved 2007-09-02
  2. ^ "From Mutual Aid to Global Action" Christianity Today, 2007-09-02, retrieved 2007-09-02
  3. ^ 'Public diary' of Goshen College president Shirley Showalter, retrieved 2007-09-02
  4. ^ "Clayton Kratz: Went to Russia 1920",, retrieved 2007-09-02
  5. ^ "Residence life at Goshen College", Goshen College website, retrieved 2007-09-02
  6. ^ "Area Conference Leadership Fund: A Clayton Kratz Memorial", from Franconia Mennonite Conference website, retrieved 2007-09-02
  7. ^ Alibris, retrieved 2007-09-02
  8. ^ Videos available from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
  9. ^ "Hickory native's film debuts here this week", The Charlotte Observer, 2007-01-30, retrieved 2007-09-02

External links[edit]

  • Clayton Kratz in Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO)