Author to Speak on her Book About Germans From
Russia: April 3 Event at Otter Tail is Free of Charge and Open to
Mullally, Sonia. "Author to Speak on her Book About Germans From Russia: April 3 Event at Otter Tail is Free of Charge and Open to the Public." Pierce County Tribune, 29 March 2003, 3.
The Delta Kappa Gamma International organization has arranged
for North Dakota author, Shirley Nitschke, to be in Rugby on Thursday,
April 3 to speak on her book HEIMAT: Steppes of Russia.
The event will be held at the Otter Tail building at 7 p.m. The
public is welcome to attend for no charge.
About the novel
The novel shares the fictional story of a brave and courageous woman,
Helga, and her family. Helga was a German woman who lived during
the last century. She, like so many Germans who eventually settled
here in North Dakota, traveled to Russia with her family when she
was a young girl on the promise of a new life. Once it became apparent
that life was falling apart in Germany, many of her people left
Europe in great turmoil.
Russia represented a new land, a new hope and a place where Germans
could start a fresh life. But Russia ended up to be a disappointment,
so many German-Russians fled to America for a new start. It was
here in America where the Germans would put their strong will and
work ethic to the test.
Helga's story is one of love and adventure. It's an immigrant's
story that many from this area can relate to. It is a fictional
story, based on historical research, of the Germans from Russia
who chose to come to America and settle in North Dakota.
According to author Shirley Nitschke, the word HEIMAT
in the title of her novel stands for everything the Germans left
behind when they left Russia to settle in North Dakota -- including
their schools, churches, family, friendships and heritage.
About the author
Shirley Wedner Nitschke is a first-time author and has lived in
North Dakota all her life. She was born and raised on a farm near
Alfred and now lives with her husband in rural Jamestown.
"I wrote the book because I was interested in finding out
about how my grandparents lived on the steppes of Russia,"
said Nitschke. "My son came home from school one day with the
question of where he came from, and that sparked my desire to find
Nitschke researched the journey of Germans from Russia to America
for eight years produced her book the summer of 2001. "The
more research I did, the more I wanted to know," she added.
"I also wanted others to know about the Germans from Russia."
Her book will be available for purchase at the event.
Anyone interested is invited to attend. Share the author's enthusiasm
for the story of her ancestors that mirrors many of the ancestors
of those who live right here in Rugby. Enjoy an evening learning
about the story of an ethnic struggle for existence that many immigrants,
not just the Germans from Russia, endured.
Reprinted with permission of The Pierce County Tribune.