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Published November 25, 2013, 09:37 AM

Who are Hutterites

Hutterites are Anabaptists, originally from Germany and Switzerland.

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek

Hutterites are Anabaptists, originally from Germany and Switzerland. They moved to Austria and Ukraine. In the 1880s, about 400 came to settle at Bon Homme County in South Dakota, on the southern border of the state. Hutterites believe in community property and are pacifists.

During World War I, they were persecuted and some went to Canada, where they were allowed to opt out of military service. Some migrated southward into Montana in the late 1940s. There are three groups: Lehrerleut and Dariusleut (mostly in Montana) and Schmiedeleut (mostly in South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba).

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