Bessarabian Pastors in Romanian Times
By Arnulf Baumann
Translation from German to English by Dr. Elvire Necker-Eberhardt, edited by Dwayne Janke
Article appeared originally with German text written by Reinhold Schneider in the Jahrbuch der Deutschen aus Bessarabien: Heimatkalender 2005, Pages 100-118
In the Jahrbuch der Deutschen aus Bessarabien 2002, pp. 253 – 273, I collected the most important information about those pastors who were working in Bessarabia, born there, or in any way connected with it, from the beginning of settlement until 1918, when Bessarabia ceased to belong to imperial Russia. This list was supposed to have been continued also for the Romanian time (1918 - 1940). However, for this endeavour, no such easy source was available as the article, “The Pastors of the Protestant Churches of Russia from the End of the 16th Century until 1937,” in Biographisches Lexikon by Erik Amburger, Lüneburg/Erlangen 1998. It contained almost all the necessary information (this information is also used here for the Russian time). Instead, the information about the pastors in Romanian times had to be painstakingly collected. Of great help in this search were the facts collected by Cornelia Schlarb from the provincial church archives in Hermannstadt/Transylvania and other libraries (here indicated as: LA). In addition: Cornelia Schlarb, Entwicklung der evangelisch-lutherischen Kirchspiele in Bessarabien, 1814-1940. An attempt of reconstruction, Jahrbuch 2003, pp. 44-70 (here indicated as: Schlarb: Kirchspiele). Additional information is found in Eduard Kneifel, Die Evangelische Kirche im Wartheland-Ost (Lodz) 1939- 1945, Selbstverlag Vierkirchen 1975 (here indicated as: Kneifel). For the earlier times some additions are found in Karl Stumpp’s index of Protestant pastors in various German and mixed parishes in Russia . . . in: Die Kirchen und das religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen. Protestant Part. Revision: Joseph Schnurr, 2nd Edition 1978, pp. 116-234 (here indicated as: Schnurr). For the information on school attendance and lectures, the following were used: Das Höhere Schulwesen der Deutschen in Bessarabien, Hannover 1968, with the lists of the boys’and girls’ school (Knabengymnasium and Mädchenlyzeum) in Tarutino, as well as Christian Fiess (ed.), Sarata 1822-1940, Mühlacker 1979, with the list of the students and teachers of religion of the Wernerschule in Sarata. Very helpful also was the information of the provincial church office of the Protestant Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck in Kassel, Germany (AK) and very importantly the provincial church archives in Stuttgart (ASt) for the times of service after the war. In addition, we want to thank a number of individuals for their information. It was not possible however, to find all necessary details; therefore I would be grateful for corrections and additions.
Pastors from Russian times who were also active in Bessarabia in Romanian times
At the time of Bessarabia’s transition to Romania, a considerable group of pastors were active in Bessarabian parishes who had been chosen during Russian times. They are already mentioned in the article in our Jahrbuch 2002, but will be represented here again with fewer facts of their biography. Almost all had finished their theological studies in Dorpat in Estonia. Some were born there (Alfons Meyer, Simsont, Gutkewitsch, Wolleydt); most of them hailed from Bessarabia (Haase, Wilhelm Meyer, Rudolf Meyer) or from German settlements in Russia (Schön, Roemmich). One descended from a Hanoverian pastors’ family (Scriba). They will be introduced shortly in the order of their birth years. Their connection with Bessarabia—as well as their first name in case of several—is indicated in italics.
A3. Gutkewitsch, Erich Karl, born June 22, 1873, in Wenden, Livland.
Theological studies in Dorpat. Ordained in Moscow as assistant to
the pastor in Kischinew for Bishop Faltin. From 1901-1904 constant
assistant in Radomysl, district of Kiev. In 1901 married Katharina
Kicherer of Moscow. From 1904-1940 pastor in the Kischinew parish,
the most spread out one in Bessarabia. Member of the Consistorium.
Resettlement. Retirement in 1940, Camps Gmunden and Kirschberg.
Lived in Litzmannstadt/Lodz. Flight. In 1945 in Althütte/ Württemberg.
Died there Aug. 12, 1956.
See: I. Meyer, To the 80th Birthday, MBI 12/1953; O. Enßlen, Obituary, MBI 17/1956; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p. 55; Kneifel, p. 67; E. Seitz, Intercessor for the Germans from Bessarabia. Pastor Erich Gutkewitsch (1873-1956) Kischinew, HK 1991, pp. 27-30.
A8. Schön, Albert Arthur, born July 18, 1887 in Bialystok,
theological studies in Dorpat. Practical year in Sarata with Pastor
A. Meyer. Ordained in 1915 as pastor of the Church of St. Catherine
in Petrograd. From 1915-1916 pastor in Neu-Saratowka near St. Petersburg.
In 1916 married Nina nee Hoffmann from St. Petersburg (a sister
of Ilse Meyer, No. A9.), from 1916-1918 pastor in Krasnojar, district
Saratow. From 1919-1922 pastor of the parish of (Neu-) Posttal.
From 1922-1939 pastor in Wladimir Wolynsk, at the same time from
1937-1939 commissioned Senior of Volhynia. From 1940-1949 pastor
in Brandenburg/ Havel St. Gotthard. From 1949-1960 at the sanatorium
Wittenau and Waldkrankenhaus Frohnau in West Berlin. Died after
See: LA; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p. 63; Schnurr, pp. 170, 206.
A10. Roemmich, Heinrich, born May 12, 1888, in Worms, distr. Cherson.
Central school Neu-Freudental, private high school Treffner in Dorpat.
Theological studies in Dorpat, in between private tutor. From 1915-1916
practical year in Glückstal with Bishop Schilling. Ordained
in 1916 as assistant pastor in Glückstal, dist. Cherson. In
1917 pastor in Glückstal. From 1917-1919 teacher at the German
protestant boys school in Tarutino (at the same time from 1918-1921
teacher of religion at the girls’ school). From 1919-1932
principal there. In 1919 leader in the establishing of the German
Newspaper of Bessarabia; in 1922 married Klavdija Tschuprina from
Wossnesensk, dist. Cherson, a teacher at the boys’ and girls’
school; second vice president of the Volkcouncil; from 1932-1935
pastor in Frankenthal/ Saxony, from 1935-1946 pastor in Possendorf/Saxony.
From 1946-1949 pastor and teacher of religion in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt,
from 1949-1954 substitute pastor in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen, retired
in 1954 in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt. From 1947-1962 honorary leader
of the Hilfskomitee of the Ev.-Luth. resettlers of Eastern Europe
(Germans from Russia), From 1951-1968 founder, chairman and speaker
of the Landsmannschaft of the Germans from Russia, in 1968 honorary
president. Died Sept. 26, 1980 in Stuttgart.
See: Schnurr, pp. 166, 214; ASt; J. Fuchs, Geschichte des evang.-deutschen Knabengymnasiums zu Tarutino, 1933 (newly printed in 1968 in: Das höhere Schulwesen der Deutschen in Bessarabien, pp. 97ff); H. Häfner, Bessarabiendeutsche Schulgeschichte, HK 1993, p. 80; E. Bisle-Fandrich/H. Bisle, Tarutino, Eigenverlag Bremerhaven 1996, p. 103.
It is remarkable with this generation how long some of them stayed in one parish: Alfons Meyer and Gutkewitsch 36 years, Haase 29, Simsont 27! No wonder they became pregnant personages and remained long in people’s memory. Their importance sticks out from the Russian far into the Romanian time or even longer. Yet only Roemmich served the church after the resettlement; he never worked in a Bessarabian parish, but put his stamp on the boys’ school in Tarutino in a remarkable way, just as before him Pastor and Mrs. Haase had done.
Pastors in Romanian Times
1. The Transitional Time
Among those pastors who received a parish only in Romanian times, the group that stands out includes those who finished or at least began their theological studies in Dorpat (Härter, only high school). They had to cope with the transition from the Russian to the Romanian state system. If, at the end of WWI, they found themselves on Soviet territory, they returned to their homeland Bessarabia under dramatic adventures (Winger, Rivinius). They all hailed from Bessarabia, or (Härter) from the neighboring Black Sea area, even their wives. Their story reflects the transition to Romania, away from the Baltic countries, the heart of Lutheranism in Imperial Russia.
2. Pastors in the 1920s
At the turn of the 19th century, pastors were born who served the church in the 1920s. All of them hailed from Bessarabia. They had started their schooling in the time of Imperial Russia, but finished it under Romanian rule. As a result, they were fluent in both state languages. For all of them, their study of theology took place in Germany or Austria; some of them also started serving the church in these countries, in order to avoid military service. It is remarkable how often we hear of this group being teachers of religion; Schnaidt made this his life’s work. Their wives almost exclusively hailed from Bessarabia. Resettlement and the Flight are the great milestones of their lives. After that, they often found employment mostly in the provincial church of Württemberg. Because of his engagement with the Bessarabian Germans, Baumann served a few years in northern Germany.
B5. Hornung, Rudolf, born Oct. 31, 1896 in Gnadental, Wernerschule Sarata and Knabengymnasium Tarutino. Study of theology in Tübingen, Marburg, Vienna. In 1926 first theol. exam in Vienna, from 1926-1927 practical year in Sarata with P. Winger and teacher of religion at the Wernerschule. In 1927 2nd theol. exam in Tarutino. Ordained in 1927 in Eigenfeld by Head Pastor Haase. In 1927 married Olga nee Wächter from Tiraspol/ Dnjestr (died in 1979). From 1927-1940 pastor in the newly founded parish of Eigenfeld. Resettlement. Substitute service in Graslitz/Slovakia. Military service (translator). From 1943-1945 pastor in Krone on the Brahe/ West Prussia. Flight. Substitute service in Ahlden/Aller. Provincial Church of Hannover. In 1946 pastor in Langenau near Ulm, in 1949 in Mühlhausen/ Enz near Vaihingen, retired in 1959 in Ludwigsburg. Died Jan. 6, 1977 in Mühlacker.
See: ASt; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p. 67; W. Hornung, Pastor Hornung preaches in Lichtental, HK 2004, pp. 73-76. Information from Paul-Friedrich Hornung (son).
B6. Schnaidt, Bernhard, born Feb. 15, 1897 in Brienne. Wernerschule
Sarata, then Knabengymnasium Tarutino. Study of theology in Tübingen,
Marburg, Zurich, and Vienna. In 1928 theol. and philological exam
in Vienna. In 1928/29 practical year in Arzis with P. Rudolf Meyer.
In 1929 2nd theol. exam in Tarutino. Ordained in 1929 by Head P.
Haase as assistant pastor in Tarutino. In 1929 married Elfriede
Herrmann from Wittenberg. From 1929-1940 pastor and teacher of religion
at the Knabengymnasium and the Mädchenlyzeum in Tarutino. From
1932-1940, director of the Knabengymnasium. In 1935 professor. From
1936-1940 member of the Consistory. Resettlement. In 1942 master
of a secondary school in Thorn. In 1945 teacher of religion at the
secondary school in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, in 1954 head master.
Retired in 1960 in Waiblingen. Died Jan. 30, 1964 in Waiblingen.
See: ASt; J. Fuchs, History of the ev.-German Boys’ School in Tarutino, new print 1968; H. Häfner, Bess. German School History, HK 1993, pp.74-81.
B7. Kern, Albert, born Oct.18, 1899 in Arzis. Wernerschule Sarata,
then Knabengymnasium Tarutino. Study of theology in Tübingen,
Marburg, Leipzig. In 1925 practical year in Tarutino with Head P.
Haase, at the same time teacher of religion at the Knabengymnasium,
ordained in 1926 in Tarutino by Head P. Haase. In 1926 married Alma
nee Rasch from Friedensfeld. From 1926-1939 pastor in the revived
parish of Andrejewka—formerly permanent assistant administration
Eigenheim— (including the Reformed Church in Schabo). From
1939-1940 pastor in the independent congregation of Tarutino. Resettlement.
From 1942-1945 pastor in Briesen/West Prussia. Flight. In 1945 pastor
in Klein-Flottbek near Hamburg. In 1946 pastor in Stuttgart-Sillenbuch,
in 1948 member with consulting voice of the 4th Provincial Church
Government of Württemberg, in 1953 pastor in Stuttgart-Riedenberg,
retired in 1962 (after heart attack) in Stuttgart-Weilimdorf. Provincial
First Chairman of the Hilfskomitee for Württemberg, in 1953
(again) founder of the “Alexander-Asyl” (later called
Alexander-Stift) In Großerlach-Neufürstenhütte,
editor of the Bess. Heimatbuch. From 1962-1977 Federal Chairman,
honorary chairman. From 1966-1967 editor of the supplement “Church
News” of the Mitteilungsblatt.” Died Apr. 24, 1985 in
See: LA; ASt; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p. 65; A. Baumann, Pastor Albert Kern, Mbl May 16, 1985. Lit. A. Kern, We are looking for our eternal home. Devotional book, Stuttgart 1961, 376 pp.; dito, Heimatbuch der Bessarabiendeutschen. Hannover 1966.
Baumann, Immanuel, born Dec.21, 1900 in Gnadental, Wernerschule
Sarata, then Knabengymnasium Tarutino. Study of theology in Tübingen,
Leipzig and Vienna. In 1925 curate at St.Veit/ Kärnten. Practical
year with Head P. Haase in Tarutino. From 1926-1929 teacher of religion
at the Knabengymnasium and Mädchenlyzeum Tarutino. In 1927
2nd theol. exam in Tarutino. In 1927 married Else nee Schulz from
Basyrjamka (died in 1980). From 1929-1940 pastor in the parish of
Klöstitz, at the same time from 1936-1940 head pastor of Bessarabia,
also from 1938-1940 member of the provincial church consistory,
from 1939-1940 deputy bishop curate. From 1938-1940 editor of the
“Sonntagsgruß.” Resettlement. Resettlement camp
in Rüdigershagen, dist. Worbis and Heiligenstadt/Eichsfeld.
In 1941 pastor in Litzmannstadt/ Lodz for the care of the resettlers.
From 1941-1945 pastor in Konin/ Warthe, from 1941-1943 administrator
of the superintendent, from 1943-1945 superintendent of the diocese
of Konin, member of the synode council of the Luth. Church. In 1945
parochial representative in war time in Bad Mergentheim; from 1945-1948
church administrator in Hemmingen, near Leonberg. Founder and chairman
of the Hilfskomitee, from 1948-1969 editor and main publisher of
the Mitteilungsblatt and Heimatkalender. From 1949-1950 itinerary
preacher for the Bessarabian Germans in the provincial church of
Hannover. From 1950-1956 provincial pastor for the refugees in Hannover.
From 1956-1964 pastor in Hannover, Gartenkirche. From 1962-1969
provincial chairman of the Hilfskomitee. From 1964-1967 pastor in
Hannover-Bothfeld. Retired in 1967. Died June 24. 1974 in Hannover.
See: LA; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p.59; Kneifel, pp. 38,43,58,114; E. Hommel, Pastor Personages, HK 1982, pp. 91-94; A. Baumann, Head Pastor Immanuel Baumann (1900-1974), HK 2000, pp. 151-166; A. Baumann, Head Pastor Immanuel Baumann After the War, HK 2001, pp. 167-191, 199-205.
B9. Hermann, August, born March 1, 1900 in Brienne, Wernerschule Sarata, then Knabengymnasium Tarutino. Study of theology in Tübingen, Marburg and Leipzig. Practical year in Sarata with P. Winger and teacher of religion at the Wernerschule. Ordained in 1928 by Head P. Haase in Sarata, married Klara Fieß from Sarata. From 1928-1935 assistant pastor and teacher of religion at the Wernerschule Sarata. From 1935-1940 pastor in the parish of Arzis. Resettlement. From 1942-1945 pastor in Joarotschin/Wartheland. Flight. In 1946 pastor in Rudersberg. In 1946 pastoral administrator in Ruppertshofen near Schw. Gmünd, there pastor in 1960. Retired in 1966 in Großdeinbach. Died Dec. 7, 1984 in Waiblingen.
See: LA; ASt; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p. 52.
B10. Naumann, Oskar, born Apr. 13, 1901 in Lichtental. Wernerschule Sarata, then Knabengymnasium Tarutino, nothing else known.
B11. Erdmann, Harry Alfons, born Jan. 10, 1902 in Arzis, Knabengymnasium
Tarutino, study of theology in Tübingen, in 1925 practical
year in Arzis with P. Meyer, ordained in 1926 by Head P. Haase in
Neu-Sarata. From 1926-1930 pastor in the parish of Neu-Sarata. From
1931-1947 pastor in Altenburg/Thüringen (Saxon provincial church).
In 1947 pastoral administrator in Nattheim/Württ. In 1955 pastor
in Bieberach near Heilbronn. Died Oct. 14, 1956 in Bieberach.
See: LA; ASt; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p. 66.
3. Pastors in the 1930s
In the 1930s, pastors who were schooled mainly during Romanian times, and who had studied exclusively in Germany or Austria, started their service. Most of them brought their wives from there too. They started their pastoral service in newly established independent congregations (Gnadental, Kulm) or in parishes (Mathildendorf). After the Resettlement, some were in the church district of Konin together with Head Pastor Baumann (Schaupp, Schlenker). However, they soon were drafted into the army; three lost their lives (W. Mayer, Franz and Fuchs). Those who survived entered the provincial churches of Württemberg (Tetz, Otto Mayer, Schaupp), of Kurhessen-Waldeck (Schlenker), Hannover (E.Meyer), Schleswig-Holstein (Neumann) and Canada (Lukas), where they served many more years. Since they had taken care of Bessarabian congregations only briefly, their connection to former members of the congregation was not as marked as with the older Bessarabian pastors.
B12. Mayer, Wilhelm, born Jan. 12, 1905 in Seimeny. Knabengymnasium Tarutino. Study of theology in Marburg, Leipzig and Vienna, in between teacher in Manukbejewka. In 1937 first theological exam in Vienna. Practical year in Neu-Posttal with P. Härter. Ordained in 1939 by Head P. Baumann in Kulm. From 1939-1940 first pastor of the independent congregation of Kulm. Resettlement. Active in the committee of Resettlement and Settlement. In 1943 drafted as medical orderly, wounded. Died June 5, 1944 in Italy.
See: LA; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p. 50; Erwin Meyer, HK 1950, pp. 66f.
B13. Tetz, Eduard, born July 12, 1906 in Borodino, Knabengymnasium
Tarutino, study of theology in Leipzig and Vienna. In 1934 first
theol. exam in Tarutino. Practical year in Alt-Elft and in Leipzig
with P. Rivinius. Ordained in 1935 in Gnadental by Head P. Haase.
From 1935-1940 pastor in Gnadental, the first independent congregation
in Bessarabia. Married Hilde nee Großhans from Bessarabia.
Resettlement. Camp pastor. From 1942-1945 pastor in Grabieniec near
Litzmannstadt/ Lodz. Flight. At first pastor for refugees in the
provincial church of Hannover. In 1946 teacher of religion in Ludwigsburg,
in 1949 pastor in Ludwigsburg-Pflugfelden, he deserves credit for
his activities to settle Bess.- Germans and other refugees. From
1957-1964 pastor in Deckenpfronn/Württemberg, from 1964-1975
pastor in Ludwigsburg-Poppenweiler. Retired in 1975. Died Aug. 3,
1994 in Ludwigsburg.
See; LA; ASt; Kneifel, pp. 65f; MBI Sept.15, 1994.
B14. Mayer, Otto Wilhelm, born Jan. 2, 1906 in Seimeny, Knabengymnasium
Tarutino. Study of theology in Tübingen, Marburg and Leipzig.
In 1934 first theol. exam in Leipzig. Practical year in 1934 in
Klöstitz with P. Baumann and in Andrejewka with P. Kern. In
1935 ordained by Head P. Haase in Sarata. From 1935-1937 teacher
of religion at the Wernerschule in Sarata. In 1936 married Frieda
nee Brugger from Switzerland. From 1937-1940 pastor in the parish
of Albota. Resettlement. From 1941-1945 pastor in Neudorf on the
Vistula/ Nowa Wies, drafted. In 1946 in the provincial church of
Württemberg, in 1951 pastor in Wart, dist. Calw, in 1958 pastor
in Großbettlingen-Raidwangen. Retired in 1971. Died Aug. 23,
1972 in Hirzenhain/ Dillkreis.
See: LA; ASt; E. Hommel, “Ich will halt zum Herr Paschtor”, HK 1983, pp. 167-170; Frieda Mayer nee Brugger, Erinnerungen ans Kirchspiel Albota 1937-1940, HK 2005, pp.66-79; Kneifel, pp.62, 67.
B15. Lukas, Emil Christian, born March 13, 1908 in Neu-Arzis. Knabengymnasium
Tarutino. Study of theology in Leipzig and Vienna, first theol.
exam in Vienna; practical year in Leipzig with P. Rivinius and in
Neu-Sarata. Ordained in 1932 by Head P. Haase. From 1933-1940 pastor
in the parish of Neu-Sarata. In 1934 married Erna Emilie nee Klädtke
from Germany. Resettlement. Resettlement camp Eferding near Linz/
Austria, Schloss Koschetek near Prague/ Czech Republic. From 1941-1945
pastor of the settlers in Rosterschütz/ Wladyslawow, dist.
Turek/ Poland. Flight into Mark Brandenburg, care of the congregations
Warsow and Predikow. Flight to Schleswig-Holstein, from 1945-1955
pastor in Rethwischdorf near Bad Oldesloe. From 1955-1973 pastor
in Coaldale/ Alberta in Canada. Retired in 1973. Died March 15,
1998 in Calgary/Alberta.
See: LA; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p.66; Kneifel, pp. 61f; E. Lukas, Chronik der ev-.luth. Erlöserkirche Coaldale/ Alberta, HK 2004, pp. 231-237; MBI March 19, 1998.
Schaupp, Herbert, born March 14, 1910 in Beresina, Wernerschule
Sarata, then Knabengymnasium Tarutino. Study of theology in Tübingen,
Königsberg, Rostock and Marburg. Practical year in Sarata with
P. Winger. In 1936 2nd theol. exam in Tarutino. Ordained in 1936
in Mathildendorf by Head P. Haase. In 1936 married Christiane nee
Wilhelm from Marburg. From 1936-1940 pastor in the newly established
parish of Mathildendorf. Resettlement. From 1941-1945 pastor in
Butterholland/ Maslaki near Konin, drafted in 1942. From 1945-1957
pastor in Oppelsbohm, dist. Waiblingen, from 1957-1963 pastor in
Laichingen, dist. Münsingen, from 1963-1968 pastor in Schwaigern
near Heilbronn. Retired in 1968 in Laichingen. Died Sep. 22, 1993
in the Alexander-Stift, Großerlach-Neufürstenhütte.
See: LA; ASt; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p. 69; Kneifel, p. 64.
B17. Franz, Paul, geb. Oct. 16, 1910 in Arzis, Wernerschule Sarata,
then Knabengymnasium Tarutino, from 1930-1932 teacher in Alisowka.
Study of theology in Vienna, Leipzig and Jena. Practical year in
1939 with P. Hermann in Arzis. Ordained in ?. Resettlement. Ministry
in camps in Stolberg and other camps. Married Alma nee. In 1941
in Bürgel/ Thüringen. Drafted in 1941. Died in 1944 during
a bomb raid in Galatz.
See: Erwin Meyer, HK 1950, p.67.
B18. Schlenker, Albert, born Jan. 29, 1912 in Neu-Posttal, Wernerschule
Sarata, then Knabengymnasium Tarutino. Study of theology in Vienna,
Marburg and Erlangen. In 1936 first theol.exam in Erlangen. Practical
year in 1936 in Klöstitz with Head P. Baumann. In 1937 2nd
theol. exam in Tarutino. Ordained in 1937 as assistant pastor for
Tarutino and Klöstitz by Head P. Baumann. Married Margarete
nee Kurtz from Marburg. From 1939-1940 pastor in the parish of Andrejewka.
Resettlement. From 1941-1945 pastor in Grenzhausen/ Slupca near
Konin, drafted from 1943 on. In 1946 pastoral substitute in Breitau
near Rotenburg/ Fulda, from 1946-1977 pastor in Ulfen near Eschwege/
Hessen. Retired in 1977 in Ulfen, but still doing ministry there.
Died Oc.10, 1986 in Bad Hersfeld.
See: LA; Schlarb, Kirrchspiele, p. 65; Kneifel, p. 64.
Meyer, Erwin, born Aug. 9, 1915 in Arzis as son of P. Rudolf and
Ilse Meyer (A9). Wernerschule Sarata, then Knabengymnasium Tarutino.
Study of theology in Vienna, Tübingen and Leipzig. Practical
year in Arzis with P. Rudolf Meyer and in Alt-Elft with P. Simsont.
Ordained in 1939 in Leipzig by Head P. Baumann, from 1939-1940 pastor
in the parish of Leipzig. In 1939 married Ingeborg nee Hykel from
Slovakia. Resettlement. Ministry and replacement in the resettlement
camps. From 1941-1945 pastor in Gombin near Leslau/Poland. From
1942-1944 military service, American POW until 1946. From 1946-1948
in Bavarian provincial church (Sachsenmühle, Fränkische
Schweiz). From 1948-1955 pastor and general secretary of the Martin
Luther-Bund in Erlangen. Collected material for the Bess. Heimatbuch
and the Bess. Church Archive. From 1955-1978 pastor in Almstedt-Petze
near Hildesheim or rather in Hannover-Kirchrode, Jakobikirche. From
1970-1981 District Chairman of the Hilfskomitee. Retired in 1978.
Died Nov. 23, 1988 in Hannover.
See: LA; Schlarb, Kirchspiele, p. 68; E. Seitz, Pastor Erwin Meyer In memoriam, HK 1990, pp. 102f; Kneifel, p.62; A. Lächelt, Heimatbuch Leipzig/Bess. 1982, pp. 103-105; E. Hommel, Pastorenpersönlichkeiten, HK 1982, pp. 96f.
B20. Neumann, Konstantin, born July 22, 1902 in Bessarabien, Knabengymnasium
Tarutino. Study of theology in Leipzig. In 1933 first theol.exam
in Leipzig. In 1934 2nd theol. exam in Tarutino. Ordained in 1935
in Tarutino as teacher of religion for the Knabengymnasium and the
Mädchenlyzeum by Head P. Baumann. Resettlement. In 1948/49
pastor in Curau and Lübeck. Retired ? in 1967 in Austria. Died
See: LA; Information from Hugo Schreiber.
Fuchs, Woldemar, born Feb. 12, 1815 in Tarutino. Knabengymnasium
Tarutino. Study of theology in Leipzig, Tübingen, Berlin and
Jena. Practical year in Klöstitz with Head P. Baumann. Ordained
May 12, 1940 in ? by Head P. Baumann. Resettlement. Ministry to
the resettlers in the camps around Bautzen. Married Maria-Martha
Pötschke from Sachsen. From 1941-1945 pastor in Selau/ Zelau
in the Wartheland. In the army since 1942. Died in the war March
14, 1945 in Münsterberg/ Silesia.
See: Kneifel, p. 60; Erwin Meyer, HK 1950, p. 68.
Some pastors will be mentioned here who had at least part of their schooling in Bessarabia but who served in either the neighboring Dobrudscha or after the Resettlement in Germany. To find information for them was especially difficult.
C1. Hahn, Herbert, born Dec. 14, 1900 in Kulowa/Crimea. Study of
theology in Tübingen, Leipzig, Marburg, Vienna. Practical year
in Klöstitz with P. Wolleydt. From 1926-1940 pastor in the
parish of Cobadin/Dobrudscha. Resettlement. Anything else unknown.
In 1946 pastoral administrator in Oppelsbohm/Württemberg. At
first assisting then chairman of the Hilfskomitee of the Germans
from Dobrudscha. In 1947 refugee pastor for the Germans from Dobrudscha
with head quarters in Göppingen, in 1952 pastor in Göppingen,
Oberhofenkirche. Retired in 1965. Died Feb. 21, 1983 in Göppingen.
See: LA; ASt.
C2. Wildermuth, Benjamin, born Nov. 11, 1903 in Mariewka. Knabengymnasium Tarutino. Studies in Vienna. In 1930 first theol. exam in Vienna. Practical year in 1930 in Kischinew. Ordained as assistant pastor in Kischinew. From 1930-1940 pastor in Cogealac-Tariverde/ Dobrudscha. In 1958 ? pastor in Lendershausen near Hofheim/ Ufr. Nothing else known.
Weingärtner, Gotthilf, born March 6, 1907 in Teplitz, Wernerschule
Sarata. Study of history and German literature in Marburg and Hermannstadt,
from 1926-1950 teacher at elementary and middle schools in the Dobrudscha,
in 1928 passed examination for the service in churches, varied church
ministries, in 1931 married Anna nee ? . In 1950 pastor in Konstanza
to the dispersed Protestants in the Dobrudscha including Galatz
and Braïla. Died Oct. 19, 1980 in Konstanza.
See: E. Hommel, Pastorenpersönlichkeiten, HK 1982, pp. 100-103; A. Meyer, Erinnerungen an Pastor Gotthilf Weingärtner/ Konstanza, HK 1982, pp. 103f.
C4. Hommel, Emil, born June 7, 1909 in Friedensfeld. Wernerschule Sarata. From 1926-1929 assistant teacher, tutor and sexton in Bessarabia. From 1930-1931 training of an evangelist in Johanneum in Wuppertal/Barmen. From 1931-1933 Romanian military service. In 1934 married Anna Alwine nee Scheuffele from Nesselrode/Ukraine (died in 1994). From 1934-1935 sexton in Mariental. From 1936-1940 preacher and evangelist under the district church consistory Tarutino. Resettlement. From 1941-1942 agricultural inspector for the Southeast European Mission in Tannhübel, dist. Glatz/Silesia. From 1942-1944 settled on the farm of his father in Mesenz, dist. Strasburg/ West Prussia. From 1945-1947 Soviet POW. From 1947-1953 itinerary preacher for the Southeast European Mission in Geisweid/ Sieg for the Bess. German Gemeinschaften. From 1953-1956 preacher for the provincial Gemeinschaft in the Edenstraße in Hannover. From 1956-1958 Mission inspector for the Southeast European Mission in Geisweid/Sieg. In 1958 pastoral deacon, then pastor in Dankelshausen near Hannoversch Münden. Retired in 1974 in Dreye and Birkum near Bremen. Died June 28, 1991 in Syke-Barrien. Active to the end in the Bess. Gemeinschaftsverband Nord-Süd.
See: Gerd-Klaus Hommel, Anna Alwine Hommel (1909-1994), HK 2002, pp. 139-146; information from G.-K. Hommel (son). Litarature: E. Hommel, Das bess. Gemeinschaftsleben, Hermannstadt/Siebenbürgen 1939, 150 pp. (New print with supplement: Bookholzberg 1953, 200 pp.).
C5. Tiede, Otto, from Bessarabia. In 1951 preacher in Waldbröl near Cologne, in 1955 in Krefeld, in 1963 pastor in Krefeld. Anything else unknown.
C6. Rüb, Willy Gottlieb, born Jan. 24, 1920 in Balaktschelly,
from 1931-1935 Wernerschule Sarata. Study of theology in ?. In 1950
first then in 1952 2nd theol.exam. In 1953 pastor in Zavelstein/Württ.,
in 1966 in Mössingen-Talheim, in 1977 in Großbottwar-Winzenhausen.
From 1977-1982 District Chairman of the Hilfskomitee. Retired in
1982. Died Dec. 23, 1995 in Beilstein.
C7. Wiedmann, Artur, born in 1928 in Eigenheim ?. Elementary school.
Resettlement. Military service, American POW. Study of theology
at the Theol. Seminary of the university of Leipzig. In 1951 first
theol.exam in Leipzig. Ordained in 1951 in Eisenach by District
Bishop Mitzenheim. Assistant preacher in Berka/Werra. In 1953, 2nd
theol.exam in Eisenach. Married Senta nee Zerezke from the Baltic
countries in 1952. In 1954 pastor in Gospenroda, dist. Eisenach.
From 1957-1967 pastor for the Leipziger Mission in Brazil (in 1958
in Cunha Pora/S.Catarina, in 1961 in Tres de Maio/R. Grande do Sul,
in 1965 director of a district synode there), in 1968 pastor in
Walheim/ Neckar, in 1976 in Bad Schussenried near Biberach, in 1984
chaplain in the Bürgerhospital Stuttgart. Retired in 1991 in
Biberach. Was District Chairman of the Hilfskomitee for a few years.
See: A. Wiemann, Zehn Jahre Pastor in Brasilien, HK 1970, pp.44-47; A. Wiedmann, Grenzenlose Weite. Daheim in der Steppe Bessarabiens, Metzingen 2001; A. Wiedmann, Unnütze Knechte. Vier Jahrzehnte im kirchlichen Dienst, Metzingen 2004, 242 p.
C8. Kutzarow, Walbert, in 1930 born in Plotzk. Resettlement in 1940. Married Heidi nee ? From Switzerland. In 1958 ? pastoral deacon in Meßkirch/ Baden, in 1960 in Gießen, in 1961 in Uster/Switzerland, in 1975 pastor in Altstetten/Switzerland. Retired in 1995 in Männedorf/ Vitznau/Switzerland.
Our survey shows that the Bessarabian pastors were equally affected
by the political unrest as their compatriots. To be sure they quickly
found employment after the Resettlement and the Flight, but especially
after the end of WWII, they had to wait long years to fully get
into the service of their new provincial churches. Shortly after
the war, they were points of contact for the Bessarabian Germans.
Their service led them into varied areas in Germany, mainly to Württemberg,
but also to Switzerland, to Canada and Brazil. They remained in
contact in various ways with their compatriots, especially with
the people of their parishes. Some were active within the Hilfskomitee
(Winger, Kern, Baumann, E. Meyer, Rüb and Wiedmann), some itinerary
preachers for their compatriots (Rivinius, Baumann), or they were
engaged for them in some manner (Tetz, Hommel). Over all, this indicates
a strong tie to the homeland and its people.