Meeting With Germans From the United States
Miller, Julius. "Meeting With Germans From the United States." Landsmannschaft, 15 August 1996, 1.
A meeting between Mr. U. V. Miller, the president of the Society
of deported Crimea Germans, professor at the Simpheropol State University,
and a group of 49 American Germans, headed by Michael M. Miller,
professor at the North Dakota State University and the bibliographer
of the Germans from Russia program took place in Odessa between
24 and 26 of June.
The topics of discussion included the establishment of closer
ties with the members of German American community whose ancestors
lived in Crimean villages; the plans for future visits of these
settlements; the study of existing archives; the establishment of
networks for finding relatives in both countries, as well as the
study of various documents - notes, letters, books, newspapers,
maps - relevant to the history of the Germans in Crimea and of interest
to the members of German community in North Dakota and other German
communities in America.
Members of the American German community have revived a significant
interest in the study of their ancestral heritage. (Professor Michael
M. Miller makes a special contribution. His ancestors on the father's
side came from the Bessarabian village of Krasna, located in the
Odessa region. Mother's ancestors, Baumgartner, came from the Kutchurgan
village of Strassburg. Both families emigrated to North Dakota in
1880's.) At present census, German settlers comprise 40 percent
of North Dakota population. Their immigration to the prairies of
North Dakota, which happen to be much like the Ukrainian prairies,
started in 1880's and continued until 1910.
The library archives of the North Dakota State University contains
what is believed to be one of the largest collections of documents
about the history of Russian Germans. In order to preserve their
living history for future generations, assigned recorders/interviewers
conduct informational interviews with knowledgeable elders of German
settlements. The learning and preservation of their history has
become a common endeavor for many Germans in America.
You can contribute to the process of recording history by providing
the names and other biographical data of the Germans formerly living
in the villages of Crimea. Information should be sent to this Crimean
society. Requests for assistance with finding relatives can also
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to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael