Der Bote ('The Messenger') was a German-language Mennonite newspaper published in Winnipeg, Manitoba, by Mennonite Church Canada.

Der Bote was first published 16 January 1924 as Der Mennonitische Immigrantenbote by Dietrich H. Epp at Rosthern, Saskatchewan,[1] to serve as a point of contact for German-speaking Russian Mennonites immigrating to Canada after World War I.[2] In 1926 the name was shortened to simply Der Bote. Around this time, the size of the paper was increased to 25 by 19 inches from 9½ by 12½. In 1947, Der Bote merged with Christlicher Bundesbote and became the weekly paper for the General Conference Mennonite Church.[3] By 1950, circulation was 4500, of which 1000 were distributed in Europe and South America as a service to immigrants.[2]

In January 2000 the publication frequency was reduced to 24 times a year and the format reduced to letter size.[2] In 2006, it had approximately 2350 subscribers, down from 9000 in the mid 1970s,[3] with circulation in North America, South America, Russia, Germany and other European countries.[4]

On 30 March 2008 the newspaper closed down and ceased publication due to declining readership.[3][5]

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  1. ^ Krahn, Cornelius; Thiessen, Richard D. (2005). "Epp, Dietrich H. (1875–1955)". Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Krahn, Cornelius (1996–2008). "Bote, Der (Periodical)". Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Celebration and winding down of Der Bote ministry" (Press release). Mennonite Church Canada. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  4. ^ Every Home Plan (EHP) subscriptions for Der Bote for 2005
  5. ^ "Saying farewell" (Press release). Mennonite Church Canada. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2008.

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