It's All Earth and Sky
Prairie Public Television, Fargo, North Dakota, 2010, 60 minutes, DVD.
"It's All Earth and Sky" is the sixth documentary in Prairie Public's
series about the legacy of the Germans from Russia. It is a
co-production of Prairie Public Broadcasting and the North Dakota State
"It's All Earth and Sky!" was the reaction of one German-Russian
immigrant when she arrived on the plains of the Midwest. Like many
others who came to the region seeking a land of promise and opportunity,
she and her family endured...and prevailed..on this rich, expansive
Immigration implies departure as well as arrival. Transport from one
country to another may mean deportation; it inescapably includes exile
whether voluntary or forced, and brings disruption to families in the
old country and in the new. Immigrants require courage and fortitude,
even when they are weak and poor. Like many others who have come here
seeking a land of promise and opportunity, Germans from Russia have
suffered, and they have prevailed. Since their background and history is
as rich in texture as it is in diversity, they serve here as a model of
assimilation of other ethnic groups into American society.
In this documentary, five representative Germans from Russia, who have attained
stability, share their insights on the process of becoming American.
||Arthur E. Flegel is the founder of a successful furniture store in Menlo
||Debra Marquart is a creative writer and a professor at Iowa State
University, Ames, Iowa.
||Al Neuharth lives in Coca Beach, Florida, and is a journalist and
founder of "USA Today."
||Henry S. Schmick of Cheyenne, Wyoming, is a cattle raiser, beet farmer,
helicopter mechanic, and a member of the National Guard.
||Brian Schweitzer is a rancher, soil scientist, and former governor of the state
Producer: Bob Dambach
Editor: Ryan Sailer
Writers: Dona Reeves-Marquardt and Lewis R. Marquardt
Executive Producers: Bob Dambach and Michael M. Miller
Major funding provided by Arthur E. and Cleora (Reuscher) Flegel, North Dakota State University Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, and the members of Prairie Public.
For more information about Prairie Public services, visit
www.prairiepublic.org or call 800-359-6900.
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It's All Earth and Sky
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