Cultural Council and Landsmannschaft
Kulturrat und Landsmannschaft
"Cultural Council and Landsmannschaft." Volk auf dem Weg, December 1993, 5.
Translation from German to English by Ingeborg Wallner Smith,
Western Springs, Illinois
The new election of the Cultural Council of the Germans from Russia,
Reg., of October 17, 1993 (VadW 11/93, page 3) has moved several readers
to inquire as to the relationship between it and the Landsmannschaft
der Deutschen aus Russland. For example, Mrs. Käthe Kick from
Bielefeld asks “Is the Cultural Council a part of the Landsmannschaft?”
“Technically” the answer to this question is “No.”,
as the Cultural Council of the Germans from Russia, e.V. (registered
organization) is a separate organization with its own by-laws, its
own members and its own budget, with the aim of grasping and securing
the cultural wealth of the Landsmannschaft, of pursuing scientific
research as well as transmitting the cultural wealth and the results
of this research to its compatriots and to the public.
The Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland e.V. also pursues
these goals, but over and above these yet many other, above all
in the area of social service and integration of the Germans from
The Landsmannschaft and the Kulturrat (Cultural Council) of the
Germans from Russia, however, do not pursue their goals at cross
purposes, but in harmony, by means of articles of association in
which both associations emphasize the extreme closeness they have
with each other. The articles of association also provide that currently
a member of the governing body of the Landsmannschaft be represented
on the executive committee of the Cultural Council (at the present
time this is the substitute national chairman, Abram Klassen), and
conversely a member of the Cultural Council be represented in the
governing body of the Landsmannschaft (at the present time Dr. Herbert
Wiens, head of the Cultural Council). It is only natural that this
arrangement produces “problems of competence,” but one
gets together – in good times and bad, somewhat as in a marriage.
That the equality is not complete is explained by the fact that
the Cultural Council, in contrast with the Landsmannschaft has fewer
members (the ratio is about 1:200) and depends on the financial
support and the personnel of the Landsmannschaft. The members of
the Cultural Council work solely as volunteers, whereas the Landsmannschaft,
in addition to many volunteer workers has its national headquarters
in Stuttgart, where Kristina Teppert, the chief cultural expert
for the Landsmannschaft and the Cultural Council has her office.
The members of the Cultural Council are almost entirely also members
of the Landsmannschaft. The pay an additional membership fee of,
at the moment, 24,- DM per year. In order to become a member, one
must send a (formless) application to the head of the Cultural Council.
If you direct the application to the headquarters of the Landsmannschaft,
Raitelsbergstr. 49, 70188 Stuttgart, things will certainly work
Why don’t you try it!
Our appreciation is extended to Ingeborg Smith for translation
of this article.