Wollen Deutsche Bleiben: The Story of the Volga Germans
By George J. Walters
Edited by Christopher D. Walters, Updated by Charles Walters,
Halcyon House Publishers, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, 1993, 406
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
this important book about the history and culture of the Volga Germans.
There are many valuable black and white photographs as well as an
impressive detailed index and bibliographic essay.
The chapters include these topics) 1) Catherine the Great; 2) Emigration
from Germany; 3) Catherine II's Invitation; 3) Exodus; 4) The Settlers;
5: The Villagers; 6) Life in a Village on the Volga; 7) Social Institutions;
8) The Famine of 1920-1921; 9) Stalin; 10) Terror Along the Volga;
11) The Volksdeutschen; 12) The Rise of the Third Reich; 13) Empty
Villages; 14) A Volga German Soldier; and 15) German Settlers on
About the Author
George J. Walters was born on April 11, 1920, at Catherine, Kansas,
and passed from the scene on January 11, 1982, a few days after
approving the corrected pages of the first edition of this book.
He was well acquainted with the language and customs of the Volga
Germans. His interest in what happened to the Volga colonies took
form at the end of Word War II, when he was stationed in Berlin.
Here he saw thousands upon thousands of refugees passing through
the city. He was in almost daily contact with the Soviet forces
then occupying one sector of that divided city. The abrogation of
the Volga Republic and the resettlement of ethnic German had been
announced, but there were no details.
Walters completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at Creighton University
and later earned a master's degree in psychology at Denver University.
After a few years in business, he taught at service places in the
United States. He also served as an Army officer during the Korean
Conflict, taking a discharge from the service as a Lieutenant. He
traveled widely in thirty-five countries including the Soviet Union
George J. Walters
Commercial grain storage Katharienenstadt,
Volga Region, Russia. Katharienenstadt was an important grain
trade center for the colonies before collectivization. Photograph
courtesy of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart,
Plowing with oxen in the Volga colonies.
Photograph courtesy of the American Historical Society of Germans
from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska.
A livestock market at Grimm on the
Lower Volga. Photograph courtesy of the American Historical
Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Review of the book by Edna Boardman
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