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Volk auf dem Weg, Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, Stuttgart, Germany, November, 2001, page 26

Translation from German to English by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado

Twenty years ago, Dr. Matthias Hagin (03/12/1918 - 06/21/1990), chairman of the Study Group for Volga Germans, declared: "I now have every book about the Germans from Russia."

The brochure Das Schrifttum über das Deutschtum in Russland [Writings on Germans in Russia] by Dr. Karl Stumpp had just appeared in its 5th edition. It listed 120 authors beginning with Ernst Althausen to Alois Zottmann. How many books and authors are there today? Nobody knows. The current book offerings of the Landsmannschaft include 70 titles (see page 35 of this issue), which can be delivered immediately. One need only to send an order, even without an order form, to the following address: Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, Raitelsbergstr. 49, 70188 Stuttgart, Germany.

Additionally there are, of course, many other books which deal with our areas of problems. As a rule they are available via normal book-selling channels, and in some cases they may even be ordered directly from the authors themselves. The following constitutes a small selection of new publications:

Eduard Mack, Erinnerungen an die deutschen Kolonien des Grossliebentaler Rayons bei Odessa [Memories of the German Colonies in the Grossliebental Rayons Near Odessa], 284 pages, numerous pictures; may be ordered from the author, Eduard Mack (born in 1918), Reichlestr. 10, 88212 Ravensburg, Germany. A jewel among recent new publications regarding Germans from Russia. (GfrR) Many of our compatriots will find it evoking memories of sad and happy days of the past.

Note: Eduard Mack's book is available at the following GRHC website page:

Barbara Sass, Es begann in Fedorowka [It All Began in Fedorovka], 296 pages. ISBN 3-8267-4778-X. The author has committed to paper all the things her grandmother told her about the past in Volhynia, how things were there, in summer and winter, in war and in peace.

Gertrud Deringer, Timbulat, der Höllenhund [Timbulat, Hell's Hound], 110 pages, ISBN 3-8301-0191-0. The siblings: Prof. Arved Deringer, Retired Pastor Sieghard Deringer, Trauthilt von Renner nee Deringer and Roswitha Mohr nee Deringer collectively published a manuscript by their late mother. She was born in 1887 in Kronau, Ukraine, and died in 1954 in the Stuttgart area. The book contains a story of the Caucasus Mountains.

Ulla Lachauer, Ostpreussische Lebensläufe [East Prussian Life Stories], 334 pages, ISBN 3-498-03902-4. The author, born in Westphalia in 1951, presents in the form of interviews, people of East Prussia who were born before 1945 and who were later stranded in some place or other, at times among detainees with a number among Volga Germans, Crimean Tatars, Chechnyans, or Baltics.

E. Barbasina, D. Brandes, D. Neutatz, Die Russlanddeutschen in Russland und Deutschland [The German-Russians in Russia and Germany], 236 pages, Klartext-Verlag, Dickmannstr. 2-4, 45143 Essen, Germany; ISSN 0945-165-X. This collection contains presentations from the Conference of German-Russians in Russia and Germany on May 20, 1999, in Novosibirsk. Topics range from the time of the colonists to the anti-German pogroms in Moscow of May 26-29, 1915, to recent work concerning integration of Aussiedlern.

Georg Hildebrandt, Why are you still alive? A German in the Gulag, Library of Congress Catalog Number 01-126445, ISBN 1891193-21-X. The American edition of the book Wieso lebst du noch? (among the books offered by the Landsmannschaft), which caused quite a stir at its first publication eleven years ago.

Note: Georg Hildebrandt's book is available at this GRHC website page:

Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation of this article.

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