Rhine, Volga, Irtysh
Rhein, Wolga, Irtisch
"Rhine, Volga, Irtysh." Volk auf dem Weg, February 2007, 15.
Translation from the original German-langauge text
to American English provided by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
Just appeared: A Book by Dr. Viktor Krieger
In his latest book, which was published in the Russian language
in 2006 in Almaty under the [transliterated] title "Rhine,
Volga, Irtish," the noted German-Russian historian and publicist
Dr. Viktor Krieger delves in great detail into the history of Germans
in Central Asia, while also integrating into the book the story
of their roots in Germany and Russia or the Soviet Union.
Lay people and experts alike might wonder, perhaps with different
reasons, what an amount of facts and numbers might be amassed here
in 276 pages concerning a mere minority at the world's perimeter
-- and among them all sorts of details that are likely new to almost
Viktor Krieger calls this book, which unfortunately exists only
in the Russian language (ISBN 9965-798-05-2) simply "Sbornik"
(a collection). He covers three topics:
The first part is based on his manuscripts and monographs from
the years 1988-1991, here under the heading "The German Minority
in Regions of the Steppes," and clearly leaning on the dissertation
by the then younger author. Here he deals primarily with the Germans
in Turkestan and Kazakhstan prior to 1917.
The second part, "The German-Russians in Kazakhstan,"
includes reports of contemporary witnesses regarding Soviet politics
directed at the Germans, with special attention to crimes committed
The third, smaller part with the heading "Marginalia"
deals with more recent publications in the Soviet press regarding
the Germans in Kazakhstan, with numerous, highly interesting statistical
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.