Glueckstal Colonies

Glueckstal Kolonien

"Glueckstal Colonies." Volk auf dem Weg, July 2003, 55.

Translation from German to English by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado

On the heels of our successful drive to collect pictures of the Kutschurgan, we now ask our readers to send us pictures of the Glueckstal Colonies (Glueckstal, Neudorf, Bergdorf, Kassel, and Daughter Colonies). For this, as for the previous project, we will scan your pictures for our archives in our national business office and return them to you immediately. Our address is: Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, Raitelsbergerstrasse 49, 70188 Stuttgart, Germany. Please accept our thanks in advance.

Relative to this topic, we are publishing below an article, written in 2002 by Margaret Aman Freeman, coordinator of the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA), entitled "Dedication of the Glueckstal Memorial" (with the original translation from American English to German by Alex Herzog).

For complete text regarding the Dedication of the Glueckstal Memorial Monument of May 24, 2002, prepared by Margaret Aman Freeman, coordinator of the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association, Redondo Beach, California, consult this GRHC website page:

Our Man in the USA

In the USA, the best known contact and intermediary for our ethnic group and the Landsmannschaft itself is Michael M. Miller. Of Bessarabian and Black Sea German ancestry, he speaks passable German and is very knowledgeable in the history and current status of German-Russians in the Russian Federation of States, as well as all Germans from the former Soviet Union living all over the world.

His address is: Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599. Telephone: 701-231-8416. His e-mail address is:

Miller is very approachable and, accompanying Americans from the United States and Canada with German-Russian roots, visits nearly every year the former Black Sea area settlements of German colonists, as well as current locales in Germany with major populations of Aussiedler from the former Soviet Union. Between May 15 and June 10, 2003, he was once again traveling with a larger group to Kiev, Odessa, Stuttgart, Bonn, Berlin, and other cities.

The former church in Glueckstal, now a cultural center in Ginnoye, Moldova.

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

Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller