Merger of the Dobrudscha-Germans With the Bessarabia-Germans

Schaefer, Werner. "Merger of the Dobrudscha-Germans With the Bessarabia-Germans." Mitteilungsblatt, February 2009, 3.

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

A Map showing the former Bessarabia, with Dobrudscha directly to the South.

During an extraordinary session of the Landsmansnchaft der Dobrudschadeutschen und Bulgariendeutschen e.V. on January 15, 2009, the membership unanimously decided in favor of a merger with the Bessarabiendeutschen Verein e.V.

In her address on the basic issues, Gertrud Knopp-Rueb, long-time president of the Dobrudscha-Germans, touched on the common history of both ethnic groups and pointed especially to the historical fact that most of the Dobrudscha-Germans had once moved to Dobrudscha from Bessarabia and continue to this day to share familial kinships. The history of both groups corresponds in many areas, since their forefathers had immigrated to South Russia, north of the Black Sea, several generations had lived there and were finally resettled together in 1940. During the early post-war years of recovery the two Landsmannschaft groups had already acted together.

Ingo Ruediger Isert, national president of the Bessarabiendeustchen Verein, then introduced that association and summarized developments in recent years, also touching on the many commonalities of the past.

After the membership had been given the opportunity to clear up any remaining questions, the vote was cast in favor of a unified future. The Bessarabienverein e.V. will deal with the merger agreement at its next meeting of delegates. The fusion will become final after the agreement has been officially entered into the Verein's [Association's] register.

During concluding remarks by Mrs. Gertrud Knopp-Rueb and Messrs, Ingo Ruediger Isert and Wissmann, and the regional chair of the BdV [Association of Refugees], it was emphasized that this agreement marked a forward-looking decision, and the merger assures the former residents of Dobrudscha (today subsumed into Romania, south of the Danube near the Black Sea) that the history and culture of their ethnic group will be preserved and protected through the Museum of the Bessarabiendeutschen Verein.

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

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