German Colonies in South Russia: 1804 to 1904: Volume I and Volume
By Rev. Conrad Keller
Translated from German to English by Dr. Anthony Becker, American
Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, Volume
I, 1968, 239 pages, and Volume II, 1973, 289 pages, hardcover.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
Conrad Keller's important books published in the German language
in 1905 and 1914, later translated to the English language by Anthony
Volume I covers the general migration of the German people to the
South Russia colonies including Kleinliebental, Josephstal, Mariental,
and Franzfeld, located today near Odessa on the Baraboi River. The
author includes ethnography of the German colonists including appearance,
character, clothing, dwellings, and foodstuffs.
Volume II describes the Beresan colonies of Karlsruhe, Kathariental,
Landau, München, Rastadt, Speier, and Sulz. This volume presents
historical, geographical, and statistical account of these colonies
as well as description of their culture. There are lists of settlers,
ages of family members, and place names. Conrad Kellers shares the
chapter on the "Customs and Folklore of the Beresan" including
Advent, Feats of the Long Night, Christmas Eve, New Year, Feast
of the Three Kings, Shrove Tuesday, Easter Week, Easter, Pentecost
Race in the Beresan, Church Dedication Festival, Birth Days and
Baptisms, The Wedding, and Funeral Customs.