In His Hands: Journey from Bessarabia to America
By Edith R. Grosshans Gruebele
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University
Libraries, Fargo, ND, 2002, 116 pages, softcover.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
this important publication authored by Edith R. Grosshans Gruebele,
Lodi, California, In His Hands: Journey from Bessarabia to America.
The book shares the life of Edith R. Grosshans Gruebele who was
born in Friedenstal, Bessarabia in 1938. The story includes the
following sections: 1) Leaving My Birthplace 1940 and Life in Camp
Usti, Sudentenland 1940-1941; 2) Resettled and Life in Poland 1941;
3) Fleeing from the Russians 1945; 4) Life in Germany including
WWII in Herscheid, 1945-1956 and Markgroeningen 1946-1952; 5) Immigrating
to the United States of America 1952 including Journey Across the
Big Ocean, Arrival in Lodi and the Gruebele Family.
The author includes these Appendix to the book: A) My Grandfather's
Recollections; B) Memories of My Grandfather; C) Excerpt from the
book in German language, Friedentstal in Bessarabia by Friederich
Ernst; and D) thirty-seven recent photographs of Bessarabian villages:
Alt-Elft, Friedentstal, Kulm, Lichtental, Neu-Elft, Paris, Sarata,
Taurtino, and Teplitz.
Denise Gruebele Vermeltfoort, daughter and friend of the author,
writes in her Forward: "As I read this story of my Mother's
life, In His Hands, it is clear that the one constant in
her life was God. God led my mother through difficult times. As
you read this book, you will see God's hand, leading the Grosshans
family through life on a rural farm in Bessarabia, through the horrors
of wars, immigrating to a new country, and rebuilding a life to
pass onto generations to come. Life in Bessarabia was full of love,
friendship, community, and wealth. As I began to put pen to paper
I was struck with the sense of how little I really know my Mother".
|Edith R. Grosshans
Gruebele, Lodi, California.
||Edith, Jacob, Werner
and Marie Grosshans, Herscheid, Germany, 1945.
Wieland in Kazakhstan.
||Neu Elft Steppenbrunnen
well in the Steppe.
|Church in Kulm,