Cultural Council of the Germans From Russia, Reg.,
Kulturrat der Deutschen aus Rußland e.V. (KDR)
Dr. Herbert Wiens Re-elected [wins re-election]
Dr. Herbert Wiens Wiedergewählt
"Cultural Council of the Germans From Russia." Volk auf dem Weg, November 1993, 3.
Translation from German to English by Ingeborg Wallner
Smith, Western Springs, Illinois
There were no surprises at the meeting of the members of the Cultural
Council of the Landsmannschaft of the German from Russia (KDR) that
met on October 17, 1993 in the Würzburger Technikum-Hotel in
a cultural conference of the Landsmannschaft. Of the eligible voters,
48 (of 52) cast their secret ballot for the present director, retired
headmaster Dr. Herbert Wiens, who has recently distinguished himself
in keeping up the Landsmannschaft’s contacts with the Germans
in the CIS and who was able to put out some noteworthy brochures about
The remaining officers were likewise voted on by means of the secret
ballot (with oppositions). Elected as Deputy-Director was Johann
Warkentin, author of the Excellent book about the history and present
situation of our people “Russian-Germans – Wherefrom?
Whereto?” and active originator of the regional group Berlin-Brandenburg
of the Landsmannschaft of the Germans from Russia.
Eugenie Erhard became a committee member by re-elction, Ernst Strohmeaier
was newly elected, whereas Abram Klassen of the national Board of
Directors of the Landsmannschaft automatically also became a member
of the Board of the Cultural Council. Ruth Klötzel and Maria
Zernickel remain honorary members of the Board of Directors.
The following took part in the extremely varied overall program
put together by the cultural expert, Kristina Teppert: Dr. Hans-Jakob
Tebarth (Cultural Foundation of the German expellees, Bonn), Dr.
Dietmar Neutatz (Institute for Culture and History in Eastern Europe,
Düsseldorf), Viktor Herdt (Göttingen), Sylvia Gressler
(Göttingen), Viktor Krieger (Pforzheim) and other experts in
Russia-German research, together with many contemporary witnesses
from among the participants, with lectures and, in part, controversial
contributions. A brochure with the papers will be offered by the
Landsmannschaft at the end of 1993.
The national chairman of the Landsmannschaft of the Germans from
Russia Alois Reiss, as well as national administrator, Anton Wangler,
appeared on its behalf with joint papers concerning the relationship
between the Landsmannschaft and the Cultural Council, while the
National Deputy-Director, Abram Klassen acted as chairman of the
(Election Supervisors: Josef Helmel, Magdalena, Meridan, Abram
Our appreciation is extended to Ingeborg Smith for
translation of this article.