Golden Pin of Merit Presented to Anton Bosch
Goldene Ehrennadel Fuer Anton Bosch
From the Calendar 2004 by the HFDR
Nach dem Kalender dees HFDR 2004
"Golden Pin of Merit Presented to Anton Bosch." Volk auf dem Weg, January 2004, 24.
Translation from German to English by Alex Herzog, Boulder,
The Golden Pin
of Merit Award is presented to Anton Bosch (center) by
Dr. Arthur Bechert, President of the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen
Russland, with Michael Wanner (right).
For special achievements and contributions to the exploration
of the history of our ethnic group, and for cultivating the culture
and traditions of the Germans from Russia, the Landsmannschaft has
awarded the Golden Pin of Merit of the Landsmannschaft to Anton
Bosch, the chairman of the "Historischen Forschungsverein der
Deutschen aus Russland [Association for Research on the Germans
Anton Bosch experienced in person the suffering and misery of his
ethnic group. In 1944, the barely ten-year-old was forced to leave
his home village of Kandel near Odessa on the Black Sea via horse
and wagon. In the Warthe region [of Poland], where these [expatriated]
Germans from Russia were naturalized by the German Reich, he lost
his sister, and soon after that, following yet another escape toward
the West, to Pettstadt, his twin siblings also died.
The end of the war marked the second major phase of war-related
suffering for those Germans from Russia. More than 250,000 of them
were transported in railroad cattle cars to Siberia and the steppes
of hunger. Anton would never see his father again.
He grew up in a forced-labor camp in Udmurtien (Western Ural region).
Prior to his emigration, his work involved being an electrical mechanic,
a director of an electric power plant, and chief engineer responsible
for energy supply in Karaganda.
In 1974, via the transition station of Moldavia, the then nearly
40-year-old and his family arrived in Germany. For another 23 years
he worked in an electric company in Nuernberg. Anton Bosch took
it as a consuming interest to work toward the full integration of
his fellow ethnic people. For a while he served the Landsmannschaft
as volunteer speaker on social concerns, and for many years he served
as the chair of the society's local and county chapter of Nuernberg-Fuerth.
With few interruptions, from 1977 through 1991 he was also a member
of the national governing council of the Landsmannschaft, chair
of Cultural Council of Germans from Russia (1987 - 1991), as well
as vice chair of the Federation of Refugees in Nuernbeg-Fuerth.
In 1987, he traveled to Vienna and, via a press pass, gained access
to the concluding session of the KSZE (Konferenz fuer Sicherheit
und Zusammenarbeit in Europa [CSCE - Conference for Security and
Cooperation in Europe], where he presented to the Soviet delegation
a list of 1,400 German-Russian hardship cases. A year later those
people, as part of a measure toward reunifying families, had arrived
in Germany. Bouyed by this success, Anton Bsoch repeated this action
the following year, putting himself on the line for 2,600 further
people in trouble in the Soviet Union.
Following retirement from his occupation, Anton Bosch, who had since
childhood been very interested in history, fulfilled a long-held
dream of his: he became a student again and for two years diligently
studied Latin, after which, in 1991, he successfully gained a masters
in history, Slavism, and recent and current history from the University
The main focus of his transnational research concentration is cultural
and church history during the Stalinsit years, particualrly in the
1930's. By dedicating himself to the cultivation and research of
the history of his own ethnic people, this father of three daughters
attempts to shed a little light into the darkness of the history
of the Germans from Russia.
Golden Pin of Merit of the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland
awarded to Anton Bosch (center). Also pictured: on the left, Dr.
Arthur Bechert, member of the national governing council of the
Landsmannschaft, and Michael Wanner on the right.
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.