The HFDR’s Pictorial Wall Calendar for 2011 – a Tradition Continues

The Editors. "The HFDR’s Pictorial Wall Calendar for 2011 – a Tradition Continues." Volk auf dem Weg, August-September 2010, 13.

Translation from the Original German-language text to American English is provided by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado

The HFDR’s 2011 Pictorial Wall Calendar continues a series begun in 2000, one that provides fascinating looks inside German Russian cultural history and by now has become a favorite for our countrymen and others interested in history. The Association makes a strong effort to provide in each successive Calendar ever more fascinating and perhaps unfamiliar aspects of the turbulent and moving history of the Germans from Russia.   

In this Pictorial Wall Calendar for 2011; in addition to the usual portraits of outstanding personalities from the ranks of the Germans from Russia, you will again find reports that depict German settlements areas and various important places and fateful events from German Russian history.

The main topic, with the title photo of Nishnaya Dobrinka, the oldest German settlement on the Volga (founded June 29, 1764), will be elaborated on in the lead-off article by Dr. Anton Bosch, “Seventy Years of Total Deportation of all German Russians to Siberia and Central Asia.”

In State Secretary Markus Sackmann of the Bavarian State Ministry for Labor and Social Order, Families and Women, the Association was able to gain a prominent politician to provide the words of welcome for the 2011 Calendar, wherein Sackmann writes: “With its series of publications the Historical Research Association of Germans form Russia performs an important contribution to the research and analysis of history and of the achievements and destiny of the Germans from Russia. These publications are not directed merely toward academics. They are also interesting to a greater circle of readers, and they can awaken and strengthen in our society the awareness of all their co-citizens had to experience and suffer through.”

In addition to portraits of the teacher and thinker Anton Schneider from Mariental/Volga (by Johann Kempen), an active unionist and operational counsel; of the artist Otto Flath, whose altar pieces decorate churches far and wide; as well as of the homeland researcher and hobby historian Eduard Mack; other topics provide insights into various time spans of German Russian history.

The latter include, among others, the naturalization of Germans from Russia, 1943 – 1945; the treasury of song of the Germans from Russia; beginnings for Volhynia Germans; German colonists on Crimea; migration of Calvinists to the Volga; flight of the Beloveshans in the Black Sea Trek 1934/1944; Catholicism in Siberia; Saxony-Russia relations in the area of mining starting with Peter I, three hundred years ago. The multiplicity of themes is rounded out by tips for ancestry researchers, complete with successive steps to take and useful addresses and other sources.

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

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