New book published about the Germans from Russia

The NDSU Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection has published a new book translated from German to English, The Russian Germans under the Double Eagle and the Soviet Star: Including a Pictorial History of Cities, Landscapes and People, by Bernd G. Längin.

Called to Russia by the Czars, banned by the Soviets, the Russian-Germans are well portrayed in this book with historical black and white photographs. Bernd Längin blends these photo images with the important story about the various German-Russian ethnic groups. The Russian-Germans’ great contributions advanced the cause of the Russian Empire for two hundred years.

Längin paints a picture of the rise and fall of a German minority under the Double Eagle and the Soviet Star. Their history is recalled before all traces of the German generations on the Volga and in Ukraine, Caucasus, Bessarabia, and Volhynia are completely obliterated.

Michael Miller, GRHC Director, comments, “Bernd had a particular interest in the Amish, Hutterite and Mennonite German communities and includes many outstanding photographs of their life. He wrote over twenty-four books in his lifetime and was a wonderful story teller. He travelled the world many times and dedicated his life to the impact that leaving Europe, and Germany in particular, had on its many emigrants. We were deeply honored when his wife, Christiane Längin, donated his important personal library for The Bernd G. Längin Collection at the NDSU Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.”

For more information about this book or to order online, please visit their website

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