NDSU Libraries publishes new book about Germans from Russia

August 10, 2006

The NDSU Libraries is pleased to announce publication of "The Germans Under the Tsars, Lenin, and Hitler", by John Phlipps, Merced, California. Philipps is the author of "Tragedy of the Soviet Germans" and "The Germans by the Black Sea Between the Bug and Dnjestr Rivers".

In the "Introduction by the Historical Editor" written by Steven Herzog, Ph.D., he states: "The value of this book, therefore, lies in the perspective of its author, John Philipps. Even though he is not a professional historian, he is admirably conversant in the basic outlines of Russian history. In particular, he leans heavily on the iconic works of Conrad Keller and Dr. Karl Stumpp for discussion of immigration into Russia and the formation of the German colonies. More importantly, as an eyewitness to conditions in German-Russian communities, John Philipps adds texture and detail to the framework that Keller and Stumpp and others have provided. His account, supplemented with an array of photos and maps, adds immediacy to these infamous benchmarks of Soviet history and gives us a sense of how they impacted German communities specifically."

"John Philipps's book provides a unique and important contribution: the bird's-eye view of a historical narrative coupled with the on-the-ground perspective of someone who lived his formative years in a German-Russian community."

Cost of the book is $25 plus $4 postage payable to NDSU Library. Mail to: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, Germans Under the Tsars Book, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599. Website to order book: library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/general/tsars.html

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