Monument Dedication in Moldova Remembering the Germans
May 2, 2002
Memorial Monument Dedication
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC), NDSU Libraries,
Fargo, and the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA) are
pleased to announce the dedication program of the Glueckstal Colonies
Memorial Monument for May 24, 2002, at the village of Glinnoje,
Moldova (former Black Sea German village of Glueckstal, South Russia,
founded in 1804), today located near Odessa, Ukraine. Other Glueckstal
mother colonies are Bergdorf, Kassel and Neudorf.
Margaret Aman Freeman states: "The monument is dedicated to
those who once lived in Glueckstal and endured, and to their descendants
wherever they are now scattered. May they always carry with them
the good fortune of this valley - the best virtues of the people
known as the Glueckstalers."
Leading the Glueckstal Memorial Dedication Tour group will be Michael
M. Miller, Germans from Russia Bibliographer; Margaret Aman Freeman,
coordinator of GCRA, Redondo Beach, CA; and Janice Huber Stangl,
co-author of the book, "Marienberg:
Fate of a Village," published by GRHC in 2000. Marienberg
is a daughter colony of the Glueckstal District villages, today
located in Ukraine.
Miller will also head a tour group in Odessa, Ukraine, from May
27 - June 3 visiting the former Bessarabian, Black Sea and Crimean
Other Americans attending the dedication program will be Thomas
Stangl, Dr. Kenneth and Catherine Kempf Vogele, Dr. Harley Roth,
Bernadine Lang Kuhn, Bob Freeman, Bob Dambach, and Gwen Pritzkau.
Oskar and Helma Seefried Eberle of Weissach, Germany, will join
the group and visit their homeland villages of Marienberg and Eigenheim
which they left in 1944 in their youth, returning now for the first
Between 1872 to 1914, one of four Germans from the Glueckstal villages
immigrated to North America, many settling in south-central North
Dakota and north-central South Dakota. Later many moved to the Lodi/Sacramento
area of central California, Oregon, and Washington.
The dedication program can be found at the website page: library.ndsu.edu/grhc/outreach/journey/photographs/memorialdedication.html.
Further information about GCRA be found at this website: www.glueckstal.net.