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Rhine, Volga, Irtysh

Rhein, Wolga, Irtisch

"Rhine, Volga, Irtysh." Volk auf dem Weg, February 2007, 15.

Translation from the original German-langauge text to American English provided by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado


Just appeared: A Book by Dr. Viktor Krieger

In his latest book, which was published in the Russian language in 2006 in Almaty under the [transliterated] title "Rhine, Volga, Irtish," the noted German-Russian historian and publicist Dr. Viktor Krieger delves in great detail into the history of Germans in Central Asia, while also integrating into the book the story of their roots in Germany and Russia or the Soviet Union.

Lay people and experts alike might wonder, perhaps with different reasons, what an amount of facts and numbers might be amassed here in 276 pages concerning a mere minority at the world's perimeter -- and among them all sorts of details that are likely new to almost everyone.

Viktor Krieger calls this book, which unfortunately exists only in the Russian language (ISBN 9965-798-05-2) simply "Sbornik" (a collection). He covers three topics:

The first part is based on his manuscripts and monographs from the years 1988-1991, here under the heading "The German Minority in Regions of the Steppes," and clearly leaning on the dissertation by the then younger author. Here he deals primarily with the Germans in Turkestan and Kazakhstan prior to 1917.

The second part, "The German-Russians in Kazakhstan," includes reports of contemporary witnesses regarding Soviet politics directed at the Germans, with special attention to crimes committed against German-Russians.

The third, smaller part with the heading "Marginalia" deals with more recent publications in the Soviet press regarding the Germans in Kazakhstan, with numerous, highly interesting statistical details.

Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation of this article.

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