|A Soulful Sound; the Latest in Honoring the Heritage
of the Germans From Russia; a Report From the United States
A Soulful Sound Gefuehlvoller Klang; die
Neueste Ehrung des Erbes der Russlanddeutschen; ein Bericht aus
den Vereingten Staaten
Winkjer, Andrea. "A Soulful Sound; the Latest in Honoring the Heritage of the Germans From Russia; a Report From the United States." Volk auf dem Weg, July, 31.
Translation from the original German-language text
to American English by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
|The Germans from Russia Choir of the
Lutheran Church of St. Andrew's during taping of the film "A
Thanks to successful collaboration between an association dedicated
to the heritage of Germans from Russia and the public television
station of North Dakota, the fascinating story of a very distinctive
ethnic group has been brought closer to a national audience for
the past six years.
"A Soulful Sound: Music of the Germans from Russia" celebrated
showing in April 2006 via "Prairie Public Television."
This, a fourth
documentary, may be aired by as many as forty television stations
around the entire
country during this year's Christmas season.
The program combines commentary with performances of traditional
reports on the musical tradition of the Germans who two hundred
or more years
ago first settled in the Volga region and later on the Black Sea
Bessarabia. Many of them emigrated to North and South America and
their traditional music, their religious and folk songs and lullabies.
The other three documentaries are as follows:
"The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children
of the Prairie"
tells the story of the Germans from Russia in their role as agricultural
pioneers on various continents.
"Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia"
reports on the
culinary traditions of the Germans from Russia. This documentary
combined on a new DVD along with the earlier "Recipes from
volumes I and II, which is now available. This DVD, called "Germans
Russia Food Pantry," offers additional material that depicts
cooks at their
work, plus complete recipes for several of the dishes.
"Prairie Crosses, Prairie Voices: Ion Crosses of the Great
on the art of crafting iron crosses, which the immigrants brought
with them as
they moved overseas.
The driving forces behind these documentaries are Prof. Michael
Miller, bibliographer of the "Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection" (GRHC), who works in the Libraries of North Dakota
State University, and Bob Dambach, TV director and producer with
"Prairie Public Broadcasting." Their efforts were supported
finanically and in other ways by individuals, organizations and
Miller, whose ancestors originate in Strassburg/Odessa and who
up bilingual (English and German), has dedicated the greater part
professional life to the preservation and documentation of the German-Russian
ethnic group in North America.
He has been directing GRHC since its founding in 1978.
You may learn more about GRHC at the organization's homepage: http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc
or at the following address:
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection,
P.O. Box 5599,
Fargo, ND 58105-5599;
at 701-231-8416 or 701-231-6596.
There you will also find further information on the documentaries
Andrea Winkjer Collin (with translation excerpts from VadW)
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.