Friedensfeld: Gedenken an ein Schwabendorf in der Steppe Sud-Bessarabiens (Friedesfeld: Memories of a Schwabish Colony in the Steppes of South Bessarabia)
Review by Arnold H. Marzolf, Professor Emeritus, NDSU, Fargo, ND
Jundt, Paul. Friedensfeld: Gedenken an ein Schwabendorf in der Steppe Sud-Bessarabiens (Friedesfeld: Memories of a Schwabish Colony in the Steppes of South Bessarabia). Melsungen, Germany: A. Bernecker, 1973.
This little book is a memorial to a Swabian village on the steppe of South Bessarabia. Friedensfeld is located about 150 miles west and south of Odessa.
After Alexander I had taken South Russia from the Turks in 1812, this vast and empty land was open for settlement. Many Germans accepted the invitation of the tzar, not least among them a group of Swabians from Wuerttemburg, who founded Friedensfeld.
The history of this village covers the years of its founding in 1879 up to and through the Repatriation of 1940. It includes: names of the founding fathers; the development of the village; historical markers; the development of Wirtschaft, businesses and occupations; wine industry and fruit trees; gardens, forests; animal husbandry; churches and schools; governmental provisions; festivals and celebrations; Repatriation of 1940, the flight of 1944-1945; etc.
This book also contains: a nine-page list of family names, a list of people in Friedensfeld at the time of the Repatriation of 1940, a list of the mayors from 1879-1940, a list of public school teachers, a list of deacons and nurses, a list of school graduates, a list of those who died in Friedensfedl, a list of soldiers who died in World War I, names of streets, 1 map, four drawings of streets, and 13 pages of beautiful pictures of important people, buildings, farms, etc.
This book is of special value to those who had relatives in Friedensfeld
between 1879-1940, or those doing genealogical work.