Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, November 10, 2005
By Dick Eastman
If the words Fiegele, Pfeffernuesse Brot, Fleischkuchle, or Kaeseknoepfla
mean anything to you, I suspect you will enjoy the Prairie Public
Television Web site and video. "Schmeckfest" is the name
Traditions of Germans from Russia."
Starting in 1784 in the southern Germanic provinces, many families
overland and by water into Eastern Europe and on to the steppes
Even though they lived in Russia, most continued to speak German.
families lived there peacefully for a century or so, until political
upheaval forced many of them to leave. Many decided to try the New
Most took train routes to German ports, then crossed the Atlantic
The Germans from Russia settled in several states, especially in
South Dakota. They brought their language, their traditions, and
recipes. The documentary "Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the
Russia" is a co-production of Prairie Public Television and
Dakota State University Libraries. Additional funding for Schmeckfest
provided by North Dakota Humanities Council.
The "Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia"
shows examples of many foods, including Fiegele (Little Birds bread
treat), Pfeffernuesse Brot (Pepper Spiced Bread), Fleischkuchle
Sea-style Meat Turnovers), Fleischkuchla (Volga-style Meat Turnovers),
Grebbel (Fried pastry) and Knoepfla Supp (Dumpling Soup).
You can see these and more at: http://www.prairiepublic.org/features/schmeckfest/gallery.htm
to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael