Hoffnungstal, Gnadenheim (Semsotka), Philippowka
Review by Arnold H. Marzolf, Professor Emeritus, NDSU, Fargo,
Krug, Peter. Hoffnungstal, Gnadenheim (Semsotka), Philippowka. Bietigheim, Germany, 1983. (Gift of Victor Knell).
This book covers Hoffnungstal beginning with the founding of that
city in 1842 and continues up through the Repatriation of 1940. It
contains 4 maps, 5 charts, 3 pages of family names, 47 pages of names
of those who participated in the Repatriation of 1940, and 65 very
The material in this book covers almost the same history that is
found in Hoffnungstal, und Seine Schwaben by Liebgrandt, and Hoffnungstal,
Bilder einer Deutschen Siedlung in Bessarabien. Both of these books
were earlier reviewed in Heritage Review.
The materials that are new are seven maps on Bessarabia; several
pages on the government of Bessarabian Germans in Russia and Romania
from 1814-1940; five pages on Gnadenheim, a neighboring village
4 km to the west of Hoffnungstal; an article on life after the Repatriation
of 1940, and reports of three visits back to Hoffnungstal in 1977,
1979, and 1983.
About one third of this book (57 pages) lists the founders of Hoffnungstal,
the people who lived there up through 1940. For those who had ancestors
in this region, these lists (plus 65 pictures) can be invaluable
sources of information.
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