Saving From Total Deterioration
Vor dem Verfall Bewahren
"Saving From Total Deterioration." Volk auf dem Weg, October 2004, 48.
Translation from German to English by Alex Herzog,
In cooperation by German and Russian offices and through an alliance
with the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, two buildings
of special significance to Germans from Russia are intended to be
saved from total deterioration.
Subsequent to the return of the land and building that houses the
former German St. Paul's Church in Odessa to the Evangelical-Lutheran
Church of Ukraine, a plan was designed to realize there a German
Center with worship space and meeting place for German-Ukrainians
in Odessa. St. Paul's Church was erected toward the end of the 19th
Century for the German Evangelical-Lutheran community in Odessa,
on the centrally located "German Hill." Due to its elevated
position, its tower developed into a true symbol for the city of
The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ukraine is prepared to offer
the land and building for a use in a joint project by the church,
the Bavarian State government, and by the Federal Government of
Germany in order to erect there a German Center that serves as a
church and as a cultural and meeting place. Included is a plan to
renovate parts of the church building so that services may again
be held in the old church.
The Archive for German-Russians in Engels is located inside a building
that was erected in 1902 and formerly used for grain storage. It
is home to an extensive amount of documents on the history of our
ethnic group. Current conditions for preserving these are for the
most part desperate, and they endanger further preservation of this
People from both the German and Russian communities therefore intend
as soon as possible to take at least minimally required steps (renovation
of the existing building structure and erecting an extension next
to the base) for preserving and making the archives available for
their proper use.
We plan to inform you by the next issue on what has happened with
these projects, and also how you might participate in making them
Interior, St. Paul's
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Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.