from Russia on the Canadian Prairies: Then and Now
Produced by Elder Productions, Calgary, Alberta,
copyright 2002, 71 minutes
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
this valuable and important videotape documentary, Germans from
Russia on the Canadian Prairies Then and Now. We extend our
special compliments to Joseph and Linda Elder, producers, and to
the many persons who participated in the completion of this fine
program. There are wonderful segments including music, medicinal
remedies (Brauche), cookery, games, religion, and other Germans
from Russia folkways.
The back of the videotape box includes this text:
"This documentary includes many people. Hear unique dialect,
see shoebox photos, listen to traditional songs, phrases and personal
stories. Some may make you laugh, other may make you cry, as you
are taken back to a time that is slowly fading away."
"Germans from Russia carried their traditions, culture, and
language across two continents and an ocean. Upon the invitation
from Catherine the Great, the vast Steppes of Russia came under
their plough. Nearly one hundred years later, their descendants
immigrated to North America, breaking sod on the Canadian Prairies.
How they not only survived, but thrived, is a testament to their
grit, determination, and resourcefulness."
"This videotape production is a volunteer project with profits
donated to the Germans from Russia Heritage and Historical Societies."
Program narrators are Wayne Lauinger and Elsie Kromm. Dr. Peter
Penner is the program historian and provides commentary. Music segments
include: Brandle's Orchestra, 1967; Emil Graf; Robert Hooper; Harmonicas'
Tableau; Ed Schoenberg; Richard Scholtz; Ed Weber; and the Frison
Interviews include: Mary Martian (98); Margaret Fitterer (92);
John Gartner (93); Odellia Kraft (87); Sister Philomena (87); Nick
Schwartzenberger (85); Lindsay Schank and Mattie Schlinker; George
German; Rosemarie Lee; Betty Lang; Phil Streifl; Rebecca Waldbauer;
Joe Frehlich; Philip and Peter Meier; Ilse La Buhn; Willie Kreis;
Vic Schaab; Gladys Harigan; Alf Poffenroth; Nora and Bill Janzen;
Joel and Isabel Blatz; Odellia Ell; Alex Leeb and Carl Lang; Margarete
Nitschke; Dana Salter; Lorraine Reppon; Elsie Kromm; Elsa Unterschultz;
Leila Halter; and John Brandle.
Germans from Russia on the Canadian Prairies: Then and Now
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