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Märtyrer Spiegel (Martyrs Mirror), 1780 The Martyrs Mirror is a collection of biographies of Anabaptists who were executed for their faith during the Reformation. The first edition was published in 1660 by Thieleman Jansz van Braght to reinvigorate the faith of his fellow Mennonites, who he felt had grown weak in the prosperity of the Netherlands during the seventeenth century. The second edition included 104 etched prints depicting the torture and executions of Anabaptists by artist Jan Luyken. The pages displayed tell the story of the drowning of Maria of Montjoie, who was imprisoned for her Anabaptist faith for 2 years and then put to death by drowning in 1552. It is said that Maria held to her faith throughout her imprisonment and sang hymns on the way to her execution. When she was held at the water’s edge for 2 hours while the authorities tried to make her recant her beliefs, she is said to have responded, “I adhere to my God; proceed with what you have come here for.” For centuries, the Martyrs Mirror held an important place in Mennonite households, inspiring and instructing with its depictions of faith and non-resistance in the face of violent persecution. Donated by Abram A. Reimer Acc. No. 1966.38.4 a

Canadian Women’s Army Corps Uniform Fifty-five Mennonite women served in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during the Second World War. Women were able to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces in uniform for the first time in 1941, after successfully petitioning the government for a women’s military organization. Fifty thousand women enlisted during the war. Women joined for many reasons, but the largest was the desire to serve their country. The Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) worked in essential services in Canada and overseas. They had many roles, including clerical work, laundry, ciphering and decoding, vehicle maintenance and repair, and signalling. Although they served in non-combatant roles, some died due to enemy action. This uniform was worn by Sergeant Vida McKay of Lockport, Manitoba. On loan from the Fort Garry Horse Museum and Archives IL-2021-07-07 a-e Neil Friesen’s Uniform This uniform was worn by Neil Friesen, who was part of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery during the Second World War. The red shoulder patches on his battledress tunic and great coat indicate that he was part of the 1st Canadian Division, which fought in Sicily, Italy, and Northwest Europe. The 2 rank chevrons indicate that he was a Bombardier. The photograph shows Neil sometime before he served overseas in 1943. He is wearing the home service pattern of Service Dress, which was not worn overseas. His tunic has 3 chevrons, indicating that his rank as a Sergeant. He likely had to take a reduction in rank to Bombardier in 1943, in order to go overseas, which was common for men serving in home-service units as they filled positions in the army overseas. On loan from Steinbach Royal Canadian Legion 190 IL-2021-02-15, 2021-02-18 Boots on loan from Fort Garry Horse Museum and Archives IL-2021-12-01 a,b Frederick Barkman’s Uniform This uniform (battledress trousers and tunic) was worn Frederick Barkman from Steinbach, Manitoba served with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during the Second World War. The black and blue shoulder patches on his battledress tunic show that he was part of the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, which took part in D-Day in Normandy on June 6, 1944 and fought in Northwest Europe until the end of the war. The inverted chevron on the sleeve was awarded for Good Conduct. Uniform on loan from Steinbach Royal Legion 190 IL-2021-02-02 Boots, belt, beret and cap badge, and anklets on loan from Fort Garry Horse Museum and Archives IL-2021-12-01 a,b, 03, 05, 06, 07 a,b

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