Videotape documentary, a
co-production of Prairie Public Television and the North
Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota,
2002, 60 minutes.
Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz, Writer and Narrator
wrought iron grave crosses of the German-Russians-with their
unbroken hearts of metal, brightly painted stars, endless circles,
banner-waving angels, exquisitely formed lilies, and rose blossoms
that rust but never wilt-evoke the defiant spirit of their mortal
Timothy J. Kloberdanz
Crosses stand as sentinels on the prairie landscape, framed
by huge expanses of grass and sky. Though they stand silent,
behind each one is a story.
Crosses, Prairie Voices evokes these stories-memories
of the Germans from Russia, a frugal and tenacious people
whose blacksmiths used wagon-wheel rims and scrap metal to
fashion markers for the graves of the dead.
Prairie Crosses, Prairie
Voices follows the traditional iron art form that crossed
continents and oceans and survived famine and war-to be reborn
on the Great Plains in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana,
South Dakota, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba
|Contains bonus video in addition
to the 60-minute documentary.
For more information about the Germans
from Russia videotape documentaries, consult the following
Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc., Fargo,
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection,
North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota
at the Media section "Video Documentary and Other Projects"
Gilmour, Deneen. "Signs
of the Cross Documentary Profiles Iron Landmarks
of the Great Plains." Forum, 1 September 2002, 1B.
Herzog, Karen. "Germans
From Russia Documentary Premieres Sept. 12." Bismarck Tribune, 13 August 2002.
Prairie Crosses, Prairie Voices
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