History of the Germans From Russia on the Internet
|Dr. Wolfgang Kagel, Berlin, Germany
Stern, Rita. "History of Immigrants on the Internet." Europa-Express, 14 October 2002.
Translation from Russian to English by Rick Rye, Lincoln, Nebraska
German historians have expressed interest
in the history of Germans from Russia. The organization "Die
Linde e. V. (Bildungsverein fuer Volkskunde in Deutschland) finished
work on a project "The History of Germans from Russia on the
Internet. We met with the director of Die Linde e. V., historian,
Dr. Wolfgang KAGEL. Mr. Kagel, where has interest in the history
of Russian Germans come from?
First, the interest is purely professional. The history of Germans
in Russia is full of drama. The research work continued for four
years. As a result, we issued a compact disk and reliable information
about the history of Russian Germans appeared on the internet. It
can be found at web page www.russlandeutschegeschichte.de.
The history is presented for what period?
The material consists of four divisions: Immigrations of Germans
from Germany to Russia from 1763 to 1820; Germans in Russia from
1820 to 1917; Russian Germans and Soviet power from 1917 - 1955;
and the fourth part analyzes the history of the mood of the "deportees"
from 1955 to the present. In addition, we proposed a series of actual
interviews with Germans from Russia who reside in Berlin. From these
interviews you can clearly imagine how these people lived and how
they live now, and what problems they have. Did the immigrants become
closer to you after this extended work? You know, yes. The fate
of a people who have survived a prolonged tragedy during Soviet
times became clearer and closer to me and to our research group.
There are only German historians in our group.
Now the immigrants have problems connected with their move to their
historic homeland. The local Germans cannot imagine how Germans
who were born and resided in Russia have suffered just because they
belonged to German nationality. Having realized how these people
suffered, our group related to them better and warmer. The resident,
and he is a resident of Germany, makes this approximate judgment:
"We don't have work, and an unlimited number of foreigners
are accepted into the country." I think that becoming acquainted
with the history of German Russians by means of the most accessible
mass media, the internet, will allow the Russian Germans and local
Germans to become closer, and will alleviate, to a certain extent,
the integration of the immigrants. Through our web page on the internet,
it is possible to learn just who the Russian Germans are, why they
were in Russia, and why, now, they have returned. Yes, they speak
"kitchen German," but they are Germans. Yes, they are
different, but they are Germans and a part of German history. Thank
you for the warm words on behalf of the immigrants, your support
and understanding of their needs. One last question: your plans?
Work will continue in this direction - we will first collect material
for an "Encyclopedia of Place Names of Germans of Russia before
Therefore we would ask readers of Europa-Express to tell us about
their places of residence, if they were German colonies in Russia.
There are probably people who remember a great deal. They can reach
us at Die Linde e V. by telephone: (030) 29 66 92 38, or at this
address: Markgrafendamm 24, 10245 Berlin, Germany. Our email address
Our apprecation is extended to Rick Rye for translation
of this article.