Germans in the Land of the Volga

By Peter Sinner, Translated by Dona Reeves-Marquardt, with Autobiography of Peter Sinner, translated by Adam Giesinger, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1989, 125 pages, softcover.


The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide this important book translated from German to English. The book illustrations and a map.

The German school teacher, Peter Sinner, published this collection of short article, personal reflections, and poems about the history and development of the German colonies in the Volga Region in 1927. It was created expressly for the young people and introduces them to their heritage from the first arrival of Germans on the vast Steppe to the establishment of the Autonomous Volga German Republic. The book includes an autobiography of Peter Sinner and a bibliography of Sinner's writings.

Chapters include: 1) How the Germans moved to the Volga; 2) The Suffering of the First Settlers; 3) Life on the Steppe; 4) Life in the Village and City; 5) The War; 6) Modern Times; 7) The Famine Years; 8) The Present; 9) My People.

Interior of a Volga German farmer's parlor.
Village street in the village of Anton on the Volga.
A Volga German's heard of cattle.
Classroom in German village school in 1800.

Germans in the Land of the Volga

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