The Jubilee Calendar of the HFDR - Exciting Glimpses Into German-Russian Cultural History

Jubilaeumskalender des HFDR - Spannende Enblicke in die Russlanddeutsche Kulturgeschichte

Wanner, Michael. "The Jubilee Calendar of the HFDR - Exciting Glimpses Into German-Russian Cultural History." Volk auf dem Weg, November 2008, 30.

This translation from the original German-language text to American English is provided by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado

[Caption: p. 30: on the calendar picture itself, it says "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2009 -- 2009 Kalender" -- the list of people on the photo is not very legible

*The Calendar for 2009 of the Historical Research Association of Germans from Russia (HFDR) is a jubilee publication, marking the Association's ten years of existence.*

** Anton Bosch, president of the Association from 1999 to 2007, reports by way of introduction on the history of the Association and describes major milestones of its activities. The title page photo pictures the seventeen researchers and historians who were present at the founding "baptism" of the HFDR in 1999 and who have dedicated themselves to the cultivation of our homeland lore and knowledge.

In preparing the very first calendar, important sources were the farmers calendars that had appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. And the first one has been followed now by nine more such publications, which in content and form have been gaining an ever stronger profile. "The reception was great, and the readers and their donations are what has annually made the publication of the calendars possible. Month by month one can read therein interesting research contributions on the German-Russian history," says Anton Bosch.

In their totality, the ten calendars, with their thematic articles and portraits of stand-out German-Russians, offer exciting glimpses into the history of the German ethnic group, from the emigrations to Russia to the return to the land of our forefathers.

During these ten years, biographies of more than sixty of the great German-Russians have been written for the calendars. Portraits of most of them were captured on oil and cloth by the artist Johannes Niederhaus, and the resulting gallery of pictures not only found its way into the calendars, but folks were also able to admire them via several exhibits in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Paderborn, Korbach, and other cities in Germany.

The jubilee calendar remains true to the traditional concept and motto of the HFDR, "Heimat ist Geschichte - und Geschichte ist unsere Aufgabe [Our homeland is our history - and history is our task]." Readers interested in history will find here a balanced mix of portraits of stand-out personalities and the representation of fateful events in German-Russian history.

In addition to the world-famous weight lifter Rudolf Pflugfelder, other great Germans from Russia such as the mathematician Heinrich Maurer, the sculptor Carl Schmidt, the artist Jakob Weber, plus Pastor Josef Wanner are depicted. Furthermore, remarkable events and occasions, such as a hundred years since Germans settled in the Altai, emigrations overseas during the 19th century, and emigrations between the two World Wars have also not been neglected.

The 2009 calendar is available at this GRHC webpage:

For further information on the publications of the HFDR, please visit

Our appreciation is extended 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