2005 Memories of Tour Members, Part IV
1 June 2005
Just a note to left you know that we all arrived safely from Odessa
Budapest - Stuttgart evening of 31 May.
Today we visited the headquarters of the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen
Russland and the Heimatmuseum der Bessarabiendeutschen. We were
warmly at both locations and saw many items.
Ingo Isert, the new president and curator of the Bessarabian
Landsmannschaft and Museum, showed us the impressive exhibits and
explained various projects. Some tour members with Bessarabian interest
Teplitz and Sarata stayed at the Museum for additional research
new Family Research Room.
The Heimatmuseum staff hosted tour members for a delicious lunch
with singing German songs by the Americans with Valentine Brossart
Rugby, North Dakota leading the singing. Then the local Bessarabian
Germans volunteering today at the Museum sang three traditional
folk songs. All a most touching experience for the Americans and
We were most impressed with the warm hospitality today shared by
staffs of the two organizations here in Stuttgart. We look forward
working with them for their 2006 national gatherings or Bundestreffen.
On Thursday, 2 June, tour members will take a day bus tour to Alsace,
France where we will visit the homeland villages before their ancestors
left for South Russia (southern Ukraine).
This will be our final email message during our 11th Journey to
Warmest of June regards from Stuttgart,
Michael M. Miller
North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo