Photograph of Catholic Priests of German Heritage in Russia

Photograph identification provided by Anton Bosch, Nurenberg, Germany, with letter dated 24 July 2002. Our appreciation is extended to Anton Bosch for this valuable information.

Original photograph donated by Jolenta Fischer Masterson, Sequim, Washington, on 28 June 2002 during the Strasburg Centennial, Strasburg, North Dakota, to the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, Fargo for "The Jolenta Fischer Masterson Collection".

Front row sitting (left to right): 1) Father Andreas Keller, born 8 August 1867 in Selz, Kutschurgan District, Odessa; died in 1920 in Romania 2) Father Johannes Fix, born in 1864 in Franzfeld, Liebental District, Odessa; in 1928 he was a priest in Baden, Germany; date of death unknown 3) Father Alois Vondrau (?), birth 1860 (?); died 12 January 1910 in Hoelzel, Volga 4) Bishop Antonius Johannes Zerr, born in 1849 in Franzfeld, Liebental District, Odessa; died in 1934 Kandel, Kutschurgan District, Odessa; buried in Selz, Kutschurgan District, Odessa 5) Father Valentin Hartmann, born in 1858 in Landau/Beresan District, Odessa; in 1920 priest at Josefstal, Liebental District, Odessa 6) Father George Riessling, born on 26 August 1851 in Selz, Kutschurgan District, Odessa; in 1909 he was still pastor in Katharinanstadt; death information and location unknown

Back row standing (left to right): 1) Father Josef Nold, born in Blumenfeld; died on 28 August 1935, in prison at Odessa 2) Deacon Leonhard Eberle, born on 28 October 1870 at Rastadt, Beresan District, Odessa; deacon and death information unknown 3) Deacon Johannes Ungemach, born on 25 September 1860 in Josephstal, Liebental District, Odessa; deacon and death information unknown 4) Father Gottlieb Beratz, born in 1871 in Goebel (Ustj-Grjasnucha), Volga; died in 1919 (1921) in Herzog (Susly) Volga

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