2005 Memories of Tour Members, Part I
27 May 2005
Greetings to all subscribers of the listserves, colleagues and
I want to send a brief note from Odessa arriving today at 3:30
Budapest, Hungary on MALEV Hungarian Airlines. All tour members
well and in good health. They are anxious to visit the ancestral
Black Sea and Bessarabian German villages of their ancestors.
Our stay in Budapest for 25-27 May was a wonderful experience in
beautiful city including our evening boat ride on the Danube River
night lights. Tour members visited about how some of our ancestors
the Black Sea villages near Odessa starting in Germany.
On 28-29 May tour members will go village visits including overnight
in the Bessarabian villages and in the Glueckstal villages. Other
members will make day trips to visit Neu Kassel, Hoffnungstal Guldendorf,
and the Kutschurgan District villages - Strassburg, Kandel, Selz,
Strassburg, Braden and Elsass.
On 28 May, there will be gathering of local folks and tour members
former Catholic church in the village of Selz, Kutschurgan district.
we will have lunch at the home of Louisa Riesling, a German woman
restored the home of her parents returning to Selz in the early
Louisa knows much of the history of Selz and has a brother living
Germany today. She speaks German and Russian languages. Louisa is
waiting to immigrate to Germany.
On 29 May, we will visit additional villages for day trips while
tour members return from the Bessarabian and Glueckstal villages.
We can already see changes in Odessa. The new customs center at
airport is much improved, much easier with Ukrainian Customs, and
more friendly than it was in our previus 10 Journey to the Homeland
including the ability to secure the Ukrainian Visas right at the
So now I say good bye and all the best from Odessa from our tour
Michael M. Miller