North Star Chapter of Minnesota Germans from Russia

Presented by Alex and Nancy Herzog, Boulder, Colorado, Lewis and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, Austin, Texas

Eye Witness Accounts of Nazi Occupations of Southwest Ukraine

Presentation and Reception, 15 March 2014, Richfield and St. Louis Park, Minnesota, photographs by Dona Reeves-Marquardt and Michael M. Miller

The story of Hitler's "Operation Barbarossa," the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 and the Nazi occupation of the German villages of the Ukraine, is told via the words and memoirs of village inhabitants. Accounts from historians and SS Documents are also used to fill in the details, as told by Alex and Nancy Herzog with Lewis and Dona Reeves-Marquardt. Born to a German family in 1938, Alex and his family were moved from the USSR to Poland with over 100,000 ethnic Germans by the retreating German Army in 1944. Alex's father was inducted into military service with German forces, and his mother followed her instincts to move the family to Germany. The family was reunited after the war and emigrated to the USA in 1953, thereby avoiding the fate of their relatives, who were deported to Siberia by the Soviets in 1945. Following his education and career, Alex retired and became a freelance and volunteer translator.

Alex has translated numerous works for the North Dakota State University Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage collection. He is married to Dr. Nancy Herzog, and together they have translated additional works from German to English. This compelling account of the impact the Nazi occupation had on ethnic Germans whose families lived in Ukraine for several generations, includes chilling action of the SS to carry out the "final solution" concerning the colonists' Jewish neighbors.

Presentation at Brea Lutheran Church, Richfield, Minnesota
(l-r): Alex Herzog, Nancy Herzog, Dona Reeves-Marquardt
(l-r): Alex Herzog, Nancy Herzog, Dona Reeves-Marquardt
Reception at St. Louis Park, Minnesota
(l-r): Dona Reeves-Marquardt, Carol Just, James Gessele, Lewis Marquardt, Alex Herzog, Nancy Herzog
Bernadine (Kallenberger), Roy Becker (chapter librarian), Ron Scherbenski (chapter president)
Alex Herzog, Nancy Herzog, James Gessele
Duane Stabler (chapter membership), Dorothy (Wangler) Stabler; Lewis Marquardt
Ann Braaten, curator of the Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection, North Dakota State University, Fargo; Lewis Marquardt
Wishek, North Dakota sausage, Baked Rice and Halupsi (pigs in the blanket)


Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller