Exchange of Opinion at the Center for Professional
Meinungsaustausch Berufsbildunszentrum – Landsmannschaft
"Exchange of Opinion at the Center for Professional Education." Volk auf dem Weg, December 1993, 10.
Translation from German to English by Ingeborg Wallner Smith,
Western Springs, Illinois
On 11/16/93 there was an interesting exchange of information between
representatives entrusted with the arrangements in Augsburg for the
development and further education of young academics from the circle
of our resettlers, and the heads of the governing body and of the
national headquarters of the Landsmannschaft of the Germans from Russia.
The contact was made by the newly-minted board member of the Cultural
Council of the Germans from Russia, Ernst Strohmaier, and the following
appeared: Alois Reiss, the National Chairman of the Landsmannschaft,
Anton Wangler, federal business leader, Bruno Hülsen, the official
responsible for the resettlers in Swabia, Mrs. Klingelstein, head
of the Center for Professionsal Education (BBZ), Mrs. Werner (Labor
Office), Mrs. Schreck (Caritas), Mrs. Hottmann (Interior Mission)
as well as 60 young resettlers and half of the editorial board of
Volk auf dem Weg.
The “point of view” of the participants made up a considerable
part of the talks. Mrs. Werner indicated, above all, the financial
problems in the framework of the measures for procuring work and
named three reasons for the difficulties: the general political
situation (after Gorbachev), the whole financial situation in Germany
and the recent large increase in the number of resettlers. Mrs.
Werner could point to a great deal of personal experience with the
restrictive measures of the past ten years and specifically named
the reduction of the language courses from 12 to 10 to 8 and finally
to 6 months, as well as the change of the former integration grant
to the current integration assistance, which is known to be considerably
To this Mrs. Klingenstein added the hope that the language course
would not become shorter still shorter on 1/1/94. She could, however,
also point to the success of the school, through which 2673 students
had already gone, and in 400 cases had found a job.
In his critical words Bruno Hülsen also pointed to the restrictive
measures, which were solely responsible for the discharge of 50%
of the counselors in Augsburg in the years 1993. He is convinced
that the Golden Age for resettlers will soon shift more from the
South to the North, as it becomes harder to solve the great WHLC
for resettlers satisfactorily. (WHLC: Work, Home, Language, Cultural
Alois Reiss emphasized the duty of the Landsmannschaft to the Russian-Germans
in general and to their countrymen her in particular, and referred
to the results of the Landsmannschaft in advance discussion of the
laws, of which the law concerning the resolution of the consequences
of the war was well on the way to turn out still worse. It is not
important for the Landsmannschaft “what we call the baby,
but what comes out of it for people at the end of the day.”
It must above all make an effort to avoid coarse cuts, but also
to intervene there, where the basic legal conditions are not fulfilled.
Our appreciation is extended to Ingeborg Smith for translation
of this article.
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