Journey To The Homeland
Bob Dambach, Co-Executive Producer, Prairie Public Television,
Fargo, North Dakota
The Germans From Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the
Prairie explores the history of Germans from Russia and their
migration to the prairie region. It looks at the lives and experiences
of North Dakota pioneer settlers, and the folk and religious traditions
that have survived. And we will tell the stories of those who didn't
migrate, the people who were left behind and later sent to Siberia.
|Michael M. Miller and Bob Dambach, standing
in a wheat field near the former German village of Elsass, Kutschurgan
District (today Cherbanka), June 2, 1999. Miller and Dambach
are co-producers of the documentary, "The Germans from Russia:
Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie."
I traveled the North Dakota State Univesity Library's Journey
to the Homeland tour, an opportunity NDSU gererously extended to
us. This is the third time Prairie Public has taken the tour of
Ukraine and Germany, following Germans from Russia from the United
States as they visit their ancestral homes.
In addition to telling their stories, we did some sightseeing
for the documentary. We spent the first couple days of the trip
in St. Petersburg, visiting the Hermitage and Catherine the Great's
In Ukraine, we visited the friends we made on our first trip and
talked to them about the progress made in the last year as Ukraine
struggles to become a capitalist society. We revisited the Ukrainian
landscape, which in many ways reminds me of North Dakota. And once
again, my visit to Ukraine proved just how friendly and generous
the Ukrainian people are, as strangers opened their doors and invited
us into their homes.
The Germans from Russia documentary offers us all a chance to
discover the ancestry of our region and, for many of us, our personal
to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael