Honoring the Memory of Neu-Tarutino
Buchholz, Egon. "Honoring the Memory of Neu-Tarutino." Mitteilungsblatt, May 2009, 15-16
This translation from the original German-language text to American English is provided by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
Dr. Edwin Kelm started with the visits to the homeland villages, and he continues to this day to make them available. Together with our cousin Siegfried Buchholz he also planned and brought to its realization on September 2, 2006 the dedication of a stone memorializing the 100th anniversary of the village of Neu-Tarutino. It will remain their secret as to why there has not been a previous report on this. The plan did cause general displeasure, because the memorial stone was erected in all our names, yet without any mandate for us to be involved in the project.
Three years will soon have passed in the meantime. Assistance from several donors of both genders enabled a teacher from Neu-Tarutino to take a bus trip in 2008 to attend the homeland festivities and for some personal shopping. Her parents and she have been hospitable hosts and advisors for many German visitors. For future overnight visits to Neu-Tarutino, she provides several opportunities -- so it is rather advisable that you check with her, due to the long trip there. A corresponding appropriate donation is also advisable. (For such trips, you may request my village plan and her telephone number from me.) At the Russian cemetery, below our own, you will then also encounter the new memorial stone. It is thus time to point gratefully to the positive significance of this memorial, which since 2006, at a dignified location with a view toward the village center, has been a reminder of the history of our formerly German village.
The inscription on the stone, in Russian and in German [on opposite sides, respectively], it appears from the photo, which shows the side with German text - Tr., reads as follows: "I wish to create peace at this site [The author left out the succeeding phrase "The Bible"] - Tr. Neu-Tarutino was founded in 1906 by German colonists. According to a German-Soviet accord of 1940, its German population was resettled in Germany in 1941. Former German residents of Neu-Tarutino erected this memorial on September 2, 2006."
Gratitude and sympathy are due also to Siegfried Buchholz, of whom we now know that he donated the stone and, as a member of our Lutheran church staff, also dedicated it, simply because he wished to honor the history of our ancestors! He did it for them and for us all, without wishing to draw public acclaim to himself! For this he need not justify himself. It deserves our respect.
Similarly, the community of Neu-Tarutino is deserving of our respect and gratitude for their excellent hospitality for all those guests who participated in the bus trip to our village centenary! The community has also assumed the responsibility for maintenance of the memorial. This stone proves that we will always be welcome in our village. As a gift of gratitude to the community, Tanya, the school director, received 500 Euros to be applied for school necessities. Following the memorial's dedication, the community invited folks for a noon meal, which was accompanied by speeches by locals and German visitors, a brief version of the village's German history was read, and a Russian translation was presented to the community, which will now be able to write its own.
Esteemed countrymen from Neu-Tarutino: having reminded you all vicariously of the events described above, I am now asking you personally, how you might wish the relationship with our home village to be carried forth, and I'll hereby make a suggestion. The current residents of Neu-Tarutino encounter us not only at our former properties and our cemetery, with active friendship and hospitality. Rather, their favorable view of the erection of the memorial stone should be deemed by us as a symbol of mutual partnership, simply because we are tied to one another by a history that transcends anything personal! - It is for this reason that I deem it necessary for us not to limit ourselves to visits and contacts there, but that, in addition, we should all witness together to our village of origin. This is possible, and because thus far I am familiar with only a small number of Neu-Tarutino people, it can be done only in concert with one another.
With this in mind, I wrote to the donors of 2008 and received their agreement with the following:
-- Establishing a bank account with the Bessarabian-German Society, designated for donations for Neu-Tarutino. The Society will transfer funds yearly, monitor receipts and spending, and wills issue annual donation receipts.
-- The school authorities in NT will maintain the memorial stone (and the ties with us) and, as our contribution to the welfare of the community, they will receive an annual sum of money for school needs previously designated.
-- Donations are requested to be sent to: Volksbank Stuttgart, Account number 229360009, and please enter the designation "Neu-Tarutino" with each contribution.
We all donate for various causes, so why not for this one, as much and as long as we are able to do so? Completely voluntary, just as Siegfired Buchholz and Erna Theis (2006: 500 Euros) started us off with. Kuno Lust and his wife planted two apple trees there. Any contribution from us is doubly valuable in Neu-Tarutino, and for the year 2009 should be deposited by the end of July so that it can be transferred in the August/September time frame, as long as visits to Bessarabia are still occurring. Please remember this deadline and observe it each year!
Dear readers! In partnership we are dependent on each other, because we are all together in one obligation.
If I have sold you, please spread the news to others and among your relatives, including those from Neu-Tarutino, simply by forwarding this text. I would also ask that you subscribe to the Mitteilungsblatt, the only source of reports regarding the "Memorial Stone of Neu-Tarutino."
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation of this article.