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With German-Russians Roots

Mit Russlanddeutschem Wurzeln

"With German-Russians Roots." Volk auf dem Weg, February 2009, 12.

This translation from the original German-language text to American English is provided by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado


Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle, 60, former Senate leader of the Democratic Party, is the new US Minister of health. [Well, an example of somewhat hastily published news item, or the writer simply did not grasp the process of approval of Presidential appointments ... Tr.] The close advisor to President Obama recently wrote a book on improving the health care system in the US, and the President made the reform of that system one of the most important items for his term of service. Around 47 million US citizens -- a sixth of the population [more accurately, nearly a seventh or so - Tr.] do not have health insurance.

Daschle studied political science at the State University of South Dakota and went into the US Air Force as a communications officer. In the 1970s he entered the House of Representatives and, in 1986, the US Senate, and until an election loss he had became one of the most senior Senators of the Democratic Party. Now as before he is considered a political heavy-weight and is one of the most influential voices in his party. Protection of the climate and energy matters have ben important parts of his political efforts. Under his leadership in recent years, Democrats averted several controversial projects of the Bush administration.

After losing re-election to Congress in 2004, he worked as a consultant to an attorney group. During the presidential campaign of 2008, Daschle stood firmly on the side of Barack Obama, who, in Daschles's own words, "personifies the future of Democratic leadership in our country."

Less well known is the fact that Thomas A. Daschle has German-Russian roots. In 1947 he was born in Aberdeen in the State of South Dakota. The parents of his father had come from Kleinliebental, not far from Odessa. The first German settlers had arrived in the [Odessa] area in 1804, and many of them [their descendants] continued onward to North America toward the end of the same century. These included the ancestors of Tom Daschle, whose family name can still be found in Kleinliebental records. The oldest of four brothers, he grew up in a Catholic family and ended up being the only one of the boys for whom the modest situation of his family actually permitted getting a college education.

Credit: ORVIS-Press

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

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