Memories of Eupatoria

Erinnerung an Eupatoria

"Memories of Eupatoria." Volk auf dem Weg, July 2005, 46.

Translation from the original German text to American English by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado

The Memorial to the Deported Peoples, on the Railroad Station Plaza in
Eupatoria, Crimea

Today's Eupatoria (Yevpatoriya), with its 100,000 residents, is among those health resorts (spas) on the Crimean Peninsula that may be of lasting memory to older Germans from Russia.

Anton Bosch of the Historical Research Society of Germans from Russia sent us the picture printed here. It shows the Memorial for Deported Peoples that stands on the railroad station plaza in Eupatoria, and he provided the following statistics concerning minorities deported from the city of multiple nationalities:

6,170 Tatars
1,696 Germans
786 Greeks
379 Armenians
72 Bulgarians

The Germans were deported in 1941 to Siberia, Kazakhstan, etc., the other nationalities were deported in 1944.

Of course there were also Russians, Ukrainians and other people who were exiled in connection with the war between Germany and the Soviet Union. The nationalities enumerated above generally are considered to be guilty as a group (or clan). For the Crimean Germans, deportation affected the entire group, without distinction, via the ukase (decree) issued by the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on August 28, 1941, to atone for crimes they had never committed and were unable to commit subsequently.

Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation of this article.

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