Radio Free Europe interviews Michael M. Miller
It's Happening at State, published by the Office of the
President/University Relations, North Dakota State University, Fargo,
April 13, 1994
While visiting Munich, Germany, in late-February, Michael M. Miller,
Germans from Russia bibliographer, NDSU Libraries, was interviewed
by the Russian Service of Radio Free Europe. The one-hour interview
also included Peter Hilkes, East European Institute in Munich. Hilkes
visited North Dakota's German-Russian communities in October 1993.
The interview will be broadcast this spring throughout the former
Soviet Union. Although it was conducted in German, it will be translated
into various Russian dialects.
"Wherever there are lots of German-Russian people, the interview
will be translated into Kasach, Russian and Ukrainian, for example,"
"Hopefully many people will be able to hear the interview because
it had so much information about the Germans from Russia projects
we are currently pursuing, and about the families we are able to
help locate for these people."
Miller spoke of the consistently higher numbers of individuals
from the United States and abroad who contact him requesting information
about their family history.
Hilkes and Miller discussed where many German-Russians live in
the United States today. Volga German-Russians are concentrated
in Kansas, while Black Sea German-Russians live primarily in the
Dakotas and Canada. North Dakota's population is made up of approximately
35 percent Black Sea German-Russians and their descendants.
Miller said he was asked about American agricultural practices.
The people in the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent States
realize they need help in their farm cooperatives and are extremely
interested and hopeful of getting help from American farmers.
They also are interested in many aspects of American life, including
dialects used in North Dakota among the German-Russian, the religious
community and traditions of faith, and the role of German-Russians
in politics of North Dakota. Miller spoke of the tradition that
German-Russians prefer to distance themselves from active involvement
in politics and service to the community.
NDSU has developed close cooperations with the "Osteuropa-Institut
München" that includes plans for common publications, information
and research residencies, also in the former Soviet Union, as well
as lectures and seminars.