Rev. Albert Kern's new Book Follows Journey of Germans From Russia to North Dakota's Villages
Cantlon, Cleo Cantlon. "Rev. Albert Kern's new Book Follows Journey of Germans From Russia to North Dakota's Villages." Minot Daily News, 1 December 1998, 1D.
Both history students and descendants of "Germans from Russia" should welcome an addition to information about history in the area of German villages from which thousands of their ancestors emigrated between the 1880s and the early 1900s.
Homeland Book of Bessarabian Germans, published in 1976 in Germany by the Rev. Albert Kern, was translated recently from German to English by Ilona Richey. The North Dakota State University libraries reprinted the volume and are marketing it.
The book follows 126 years of German families in Bessarabia, an area near Odessa, which was annexed to Russia in 1812. It is now part of the Ukraine.
Several North Dakota towns including Kulm and New Leipzig are named after those villages.
The 356-page volume contains photographs, village histories, extensive indexes and lists of Bessarabians who died in World War I and II.
Probably the information which is most fascinating to German-Russian descendants and other history buffs are chapters on agricultural practices, village life and customs.
The opening chapter deals with Geography and history of Bessarabia, immigration and settlement, a history of the German National Group from 1940, and the resettlement contract.
The second chapter tells about facilities in the communities, such as the Evangelical Lutheran Teachers Academy, boys' and girls' schools, the agricultural school at Arzis and asylums.
Reprinted with permission of the Minot Daily News, Minot, North Dakota.