Germans From Russia Make Good Contacts
Miller, Michael M. "Germans From Russia Make Good Contacts." Grand Forks Herald, 27 August 1994.
FARGO - Let me extend the gratitude of the German-Russian community
in the Dakotas and throughout the Northern Plains to staff writer
Carter Wood and to the Grand Forks Herald for publishing the series
of seven articles of July 4-10 titled "Wanderings: The Germans
from Russia Today."
The articles provided valuable stories of our memorable journey
to Odessa, Ukraine, to the former Black Sea and Bessarabian German
villages and to Germany in June. We were pleased that Wood could
The articles vividly described the lives of the ethnic German-Russians
who lie in southern Ukraine and the thousands who have returned
to Germany. The article of July 7, "Labor camps and Siberia:
The story of Paul Krueger," is a wonderful follow-up summary
to previous articles published in the Herald. Paul Krueger emigrated
to Germany from Siberia in April. In may, his Krueger relatives
visited him in Germany. Until 1991, Paul Krueger did not know he
had relatives in the United States. He is now preparing his autobiography
and hopes to visit the farmstead where his Krueger relatives once
lived near Fessenden, N.D. His uncle was Congressman Otto Krueger,
The ethnic Germans living in Odessa and the surrounding villages
and those who have recently immigrated to southern Ukraine, face
many economic difficulties and an uncertain future. These people
brought us letters from their American relatives written in the
1930s and photographs. They hope that we can help them locate their
cousins in the Dakotas, the United States and Canada.
Since my return, we have been successful in locating some of the
Our journey provided us opportunities to review plans for sponsored
tours to the former German villages and to Odessa, with the first
tour planned for June 1996. Persons wishing more information should
write to the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries,
P.O. Box 5599, Fargo, N.D. 58105-5599.
For both Dr. Shirley Fischer Arends, a native of Ashley, N.D.,
and author of the book, "The Central Dakota German: Their History,
Language and Culture," and myself, this visit to the ancestral
villages of our grandparents was a deeply emotional and unforgettable
Michael M. Miller
Miller is a Germans from Russia Bibliographer at the NDSU Libraries,
Reprinted with permission of the Grand Forks Herald.