Altai and Omsk: A Book of Commemoration

A new publication by the Historischer Forschungverein der Deutschen aus Russland [Historic Research Association of Germans from Russia].

Kampen, Johann, "Altai and Omsk: A Book of Commemoration." Volk auf dem Weg, January 2010, 11.

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

With its newest book, the Historic Research Association of Germans from Russia has made yet another chapter of the history of our ethnic group accessible to a larger circle of readers. 

The title of this book is Gedenkbuch Altai und Omsk [Altai and Omsk: A Book of Commemoration]. Michael Wanner, the Association’s President, and German Russian historian Dr. Viktor Brühl, together with volunteer assistants from our Landsmannschaft, performed a Sisyphus-like chore during preparations and production of this also visually attractive book of 299 pages in the DIN-A-4 format. The core of the book is comprised of four chapters on the history of the Germans in Siberia: the time prior to 1917; the collectivization phase, 1929-1933; in the stranglehold of dictatorships, 1934-1936; and the Great Terror, 1937-1938.   This history of the Germans in the Altai and Omsk regions may easily be viewed as typical for all Germans from Russia.

Included in the book is a collection of numerous lists of the victims of terror during the years prior to, during, and after World War II. Presented here are the most important data concerning 2,811 German victims of repression in the Altai region, and 2,338 in the Omsk area.

There can possibly be no German Russian who will not find a relative, a friend or neighbor among these victims. Just to name a few examples: the youngest victim, Andreas Derksen, was just nineteen years old when he was shot to death on April 19, 1938; Wanda Borke was thirty-five when she was executed (1937); Theodora Malzewa was forty-seven; and Olga Prevenov was shot in 1942 at the age of forty-three. All four of them were “rehabilitated” during Soviet times. This speaks volumes about their “crimes.”

Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation of these articles.

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