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Mark Jantzen

Professor of history

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B.A., Bethel College, 1985
M.A., Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1993
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2002

A native of Nebraska and a Bethel College graduate, Dr. Mark Jantzen has lived and worked extensively in Europe. From 1988-91, he studied theology at Humboldt University in East Berlin as part of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) East Europe Study/Service Program, and from 1993-96, he worked at resource development for Bread of Life in Belgrade, Serbia, and as regional coordinator for MCC.

He is author of Mennonite German Soldiers: Nation, Religion and Family in the Prussian East, 1772-1880 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010) and The Wrong Side of the Wall: An American in East Berlin during the Peaceful Revolution (1993).

He was a contributing editor for Volume 5 of Mennonitisches Lexikon (2020). With John D. Thiesen, he is co-editor of two translations, The Military Service Exemption of the Mennonites of Provincial Prussia by Wilhelm Mannhardt (Bethel College, 2013) and The Danzig Mennonite Church: Its Origin and History from 1569-1919 by H.G. Mannhardt (Pandora Press, 2007), and two volumes of collected research, European Mennonites and the Challenge of Modernity over Five Centuries: Contributors, Detractors, and Adapters (Bethel College, 2016) and European Mennonites and the Holocaust (University of Toronto Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2020). He is also co-director of the Mennonite Polish Studies Association