deutschen Kolonien in Südrussland
By Konrad Keller
Historischer Forschungsverein der Deutschen aus Russland e.V.,
Nurenberg, Germany, new edition of the original books
of 1905 and 1914, 2000, hardcover, 603 pages, German
Do you know Konrad Keller?
Probably not. You can become familiar with him now. Konrad Keller
was one of the first German Russian historians who had researched
the history of the German colonies in Russia and described them
in numerous publications. His major work in two volumes Die deutschen
Kolonien in Südrussland appeared in 1905 and in 1914, and is
still today scholarly treasure for the reader interested in the
past of the Germans from Russia.
Once widely read, but today existing as only a few copies, these
two volumes known as the "Kellerbook" have a meaning only
to a minority of German Russians.
The Historische Forschungsverein der Deutschen aus Russland e.V.
has taken on the task to publish Keller's extensive work as a new
edition in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of his death. This
new edition contains two volumes in one book and is written on 603
pages in modern German typesetting transliterated from the "Gothic"
(Sütterlin) type and with 118 pictures.
Keller's biography, phases in his life and work, as well as family
tree, precede the book in the preface in recognition of the historian.
Volume 1 (Original 1905): "A review of the cultural
development of the German colonies in South Russia during 100 years,
beside chronicles of the Catholic colonies Kleinliebental, Josephstal,
Mariental and Franzfeld as jubilee edition of their 100th anniversary."
Volume 2 (Original 1914): "The Beresan colonies: Landau,
Speier, Sulz, Karlsruhe, Katharinenthal, Rastadt, München described
historically, geographically and statistically and as a German cultural
depiction from South Russian steppes presented by Fr. Konrad Keller,
pastor, true member of the bibliographic society at the Kaiser's
- New Russian University and honorary member of the Klemensverein
in the Tiraspol diocese."
The Beresan central school
A distant view of Speier.
The church in Karlsruhe.
The village of Sulz.
Dr. Roland M. Wagner, Ph.D.
Die deutschen Kolonien in Südrussland
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