It's All Earth and Sky


Prairie Public Television, Fargo, North Dakota, 2010, 60 minutes, DVD.

"It's All Earth and Sky" is the sixth documentary in Prairie Public's series about the legacy of the Germans from Russia. It is a co-production of Prairie Public Broadcasting and the North Dakota State University Libraries.

"It's All Earth and Sky!" was the reaction of one German-Russian immigrant when she arrived on the plains of the Midwest. Like many others who came to the region seeking a land of promise and opportunity, she and her family endured...and prevailed..on this rich, expansive landscape.

Immigration implies departure as well as arrival. Transport from one country to another may mean deportation; it inescapably includes exile whether voluntary or forced, and brings disruption to families in the old country and in the new. Immigrants require courage and fortitude, even when they are weak and poor. Like many others who have come here seeking a land of promise and opportunity, Germans from Russia have suffered, and they have prevailed. Since their background and history is as rich in texture as it is in diversity, they serve here as a model of assimilation of other ethnic groups into American society.

In this documentary, five representative Germans from Russia, who have attained success and stability, share their insights on the process of becoming American.

Arthur E. Flegel is the founder of a successful furniture store in Menlo Park, California.
Debra Marquart is a creative writer and a professor at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Al Neuharth lives in Coca Beach, Florida, and is a journalist and founder of "USA Today."
Henry S. Schmick of Cheyenne, Wyoming, is a cattle raiser, beet farmer, helicopter mechanic, and a member of the National Guard.
Brian Schweitzer is a rancher, soil scientist, and former governor of the state of Montana.

Producer: Bob Dambach
Editor: Ryan Sailer
Writers: Dona Reeves-Marquardt and Lewis R. Marquardt
Executive Producers: Bob Dambach and Michael M. Miller

Major funding provided by Arthur E. and Cleora (Reuscher) Flegel, North Dakota State University Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, and the members of Prairie Public.

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