Bowdle Native Coauthors Book
"Bowdle Native Coauthors Book." Bowdle Pioneer, 3 August 2000, 1.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State
University Libraries, Fargo is pleased to announce this important
book, Marienberg: Fate of a Village, by Johann Bollinger of Wuesternot,
Germany and Janice Huber Stangl of Sterling, VA and a native of Bowdle.
The book is published in one volume both in English and German languages.
The book is based on a chronicle of this Black Sea German daughter
colony of the Glueckstal group of villages of South Russia, written
by Johann Bolliger who was born in Marienberg. Many families from
Marienberg and the neighboring Glueckstal villages immigrated to
Included are many photographs and important genealogical data from
the EWZ (German resettlement) records which related to residents
of the village in 1944, when they were forced to flee during World
War II and began their trek west to Occupied Poland.
In addition, letters which were sent to North America and published
in German language newspapers, have been transcribed and translated
into English by Dr. Homer Rudolf, University of Richmond and native
of Wishek, ND and Janice Huber Stangl. These letters are of historical
importance, as they describe the difficulties and plight of relatives
in the Ukraine during the starvation years from World War I to the
Bowdle native Janice Huber Stangl coauthored
the book “Marienberg: Fate of a Village.”
Author Janice Huber Stangl writes "Marienberg: Fate of a
Village is a chronicle describing the fate of all the peoples of
South Russia during the first half of the 20th century. Through
two world wars, two major famines, as well as the terror and executions
during the imposition of Communism, their society, as the Germans
from Russia once knew it, was completely destroyed. Despite this,
the spirit and heritage of the Marienbergers have survived and live
today in its descendants in America and Western Europe. Therefore
the plea of Christine Schnabel Ahl to Johann Bollinger that 'their
names should at least be on a bit of paper,' has been fulfilled
in this book."
Dr. Rudolf shares this message: "The rich collection of letters
published in the Eureka Rundschau between
1916 and 1932 from residents of Marienberg and former Marienbergers
provide invaluable firsthand accounts of daily lives of these individuals.
One cannot help but grieve when reading the stories of hunger and
want, as well as, being truly grateful for those in the United States
who were able to help their relatives in Marienberg. In addition
to providing genealogical information for many families, other interesting
items of information are included regarding everyday lives of the
people remaining in Marienberg and immigrants homesteading in eastern
Montana. A special treasure is the small number of humorous stories
in a dialect that were submitted for publication by Jacob Ahl, the
official correspondent for many years from Marienberg to the Eureka
Janice Huber Stangl was born on a homestead near Bowdle. Her parental
ancestors came to America from Glueckstal and Kassel; her maternal
ancestors came from Nesselrode and Neu-Beresina. She attended Bowdle
schools for 12 years and went to Northern State Teachers College
in Aberdeen. She taught elementary school and music for grades 1-12
in Selby and Dupree and Gordon, NE. She retired from public teaching
when she had her children; she then privately taught piano lessons.
Stangl is a member of AHSGR, GRHS, and GCRA. Her interests in Germans
from Russia research encouraged her and her husband, Tom, to take
the Journey to the Homeland Tour in 1998 to Ukraine, Moldova and
Trans-Dnester, to visit villages of her ancestors. The tour included
a day at the Bundestreffen in Stuttgart, Germany. It was there she
met her Seefried cousins, whom her family presumed had died in World
War II, because all contact had been lost since the late 1920s.
The cousins gave her a copy of the Marienberg chronicle, which she
wanted to share with family members in America. The cousins introduced
her to Johann Bollinger, author of the chronicle. Hence the translation
of a 40-page book to English, led to more research, and now the
book is almost 400 pages!
The newly released book, Odessa Martyrology, lists the fate of
thousands of men and women from the Odessa region, during the Terror
Years of Stalin. It was used by Thomas Stangl and Harold Ehrman
to determine the fate of the Marienbergers who were taken away (verschleppt)
in 1936-1938. The information has been included in the Marienberg
Through all the hardships, there was still humor. Some letters
have "tongue in cheek" humor and clever adages. Several
letters sent to America were humorous stories written in Bergdorf
dialects. Stories of brauching (faith healing,) strong women, mischievous
boys, and raucous fests tell us that they truly are our people (Unsere
Several private, previously unpublished letters from Marienberg
which, were sent to American families, are shared with GCRA and
the author are also included.
This volume is for all who have an interest in our Germans from
Russia families, whether or not their ancestors lived in Marienberg.
The letters portray what was happening in all of Ukraine and other
states of the former USSR during this historical period.
The following is a partial list of "Russian" villages
mentioned: Alt-Postal, Balitzki (Saratow,) Balta, Bergdorf, Birsula,
Glueckstal, Grekowo, Hoffnungstal, Kassel, Mardarowka, Moina, Nesselrode,
Neudorf, Odessa, Okna, Perekrestowo, Seebach, Sofiental, Tragrady
(Friedenstal,) Tschubovka, Post/Warmske Post, Wischina – and
Towns in South Dakota are Aberdeen, Bison, Bowdle, Dale, Eureka,
Fairfax, Frederick, Greenway, Hosmer, Java, Long Lake, Menno, Parkston,
and Roscoe. Towns in North Dakota are Alfred, Burnstad, Denhoff,
Gackle, Hebron, Heil, Jamestown, Streeter, Turtle Lake, and Zeeland.
Towns in Montana are Circle, Glendive, Marsh, Paris, Terry, and
A partial list of surnames Raile, Ahl, Aipperspatch, Bader, Bender,
Bieber, Bollinger, Bonnet, Dietrich, Dober, Dockter, Eichelberg,
Eider, Eisenbeiss, Elsaesser, Erlenbusch, Faas, Fauth, Fischer,
Foede, Geib, Georg, Goehring, Graff, Haller, Hering, Hausauer, Haux,
Hettich, Heyne, Hilt, Hoffer, Hoffman, Hohenaecker, Hoepfer, Huber,
Huft, Jenner, Jesser, Kaul, Keim, Keller, Kessler, Kirschenman,
Klein, Klipfel, Knorr, Kolb, Kranzler, Kurle, Laemmle, Laut, Leicht,
Leno, Lippert, Maier/Mayer, Martin, Mattheis, Merkel, Metzger, Moessner,
Nagel, Neiffer, Opp, Pleinis, Rath, Rau, Reiser, Reiker/Ricker/Reiger/Ruecker,
Ritter, Rosin, Sandmayer, Schaeffer, Schaible, Scheuffele, Schimke
(Pastor), Schmidt, Schnabel, Schock, Schumacher, Seefried, Spitzer,
Stiegelmaier, Strotz/Staatz, Stroh, Teske, Trefz, Veil, Voegele,
Wagner, Weiss, Wolf, and Zweygardt.
Reprinted with permission of the Bowdle Pioneer.