Deibert, Franz. "Our Identity." Volk auf dem Weg, March 2007, 27.
This translation from the original German text to American
English is provided by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
I agree with many statements regarding our identity, but some I
decidedly reject. One of those says: "With Russia in the Heart,
with Germany in the Mind."
Let's stop and look back: over two hundred years ago, the wave
of emigration to Russia was taking its course. Why did our ancestors
emigrate? Examples of reasons given were the Napoleonic wars, poor
economic conditions. etc. I simply say: times for our ancestors
on German lands were just pathetic. They emigrated to Russia not
out of love for that country. No, they succumbed to temptations
and promises offered by the Russian government. And all of these
promises would be broken, from a historical perspective, in the
Our ancestors emigrated to South Russia. But where did they finally
end up? In Siberia, in Kazakhstan, and in who knows which border
region of the Soviet Union! Barely any German settlers remain in
South Russia, and the German names of their settlements have been
erased. Well, at least Russia did allow us - albeit with great delay
- to return to Germany.
We did not wish to continue living in Russia, otherwise we would
not be here in Germany, our home country. In Russia we were suppressed,
persecuted, and decimated. Nevertheless, there still are those incorrigibles
and discontents whose hearts retain strong ties to Russia!
I am very happy that the Federal Republic of Germany is a democratic
country. I would urge those who are unable to identify with Germany
to emigrate from here. They can then live in the country to which
their heart is tied, and there their souls will finally find bliss.
But spare the rest of us those superfluous and pathetic discussions
It was we, after all, who made applications for emigration [to
Germany], it was we who in those applications pointed out our German
ancestry. Finally, a bit of gratitude toward this Federal Republic
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.