Harvest: Immigrant Stories from Bessarabia of Hard Beginnings in
the Days of One-Share Ploughs and Spinning-Wheels
By Eva-Maria Hermann.
Verlag Paetzold & Voelker, Leipzig, Germany, 2000, 96 pages, softcover,
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to announce
publication of the Second Harvest: Immigrant Stories from Bessarabia
by Eva-Maria Hermann of Leipzig, Germany. She is author of the book
We Ate the Salt of Russia: Stories of People Forgotten at Home
In the "Foreword," Pierre Fuger, Amerikanisches Sprachinstitut,
Leipzig, Germany, writes: "As an American reading Eva-Maria Hermann's
Second Harvest: Immigrant Stories from Bessarabia, I could
not help but wonder what it was that drove the exodus of Germans
to such harsh climes. The forlorn immigrants of Bessarabia have
been painstakingly portrayed by Hermann in this wonderful collection
of tales. The similarities to American folklore are undeniable:
the source is the same.
The German immigrants of Bessarabia have survived dictators and
tyrants, diseases, poverty and had at one point lost the recognition
of their German roots. Once again, Hermann enchants us with her
engaging style of retelling the stories of these very real people."
There are stories of the Tarutino hunger revolt; Jakob, the orphan
boy; Sophie, the Kashub girl; Christian Lukas, heir to an estate;
and Bessarabian folk tales. There are many photographs and illustrations
throughout the book.
Second Harvest: Immigrant Stories from Bessarabia
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