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Bessarabian German Society Bessarabiendeutscher Verein e.v.

 

 


House of the Bessarabian Germans in Stuttgart, Germany

Society for the following organizations established in 2006:

 

Heimatmuseum der der Deutschen aus Bessarabien e.V.
Hilfskomitee der ev.-luth. Kirche aus Bessarabien e.V.
Landsmannschaft der Bessarabiendeutschen e.V.

President (Bundesvorsitzender): Diakon Günther Vossler

Vice Presidents (Stellvertretende Bundesvorsitzende):
Arnulf Baumann
Dr. Hugo Knoll
Erika Weiner

Chief Financial Officer (Bundesgeschäftsführer): Werner Schäfer

Deacon Guenther Vossler and Michael Miller in front of the building of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Bismarck, ND, 18 July 2012.
North Dakota State University Libraries' 17th Journey to the Homeland tour group on 23 May 2013 at the Bessarabiendeutscher Verein e.V.

1. Landsmannschaft der Bessarabiendeutschen e.V. Schrift:

Office and mailing address: Bessarabiendeutscher Verein e.V.
Florianstrasse 17
70188 Stuttgart, Germany
Telephone: 011-49-711-44-00-770 (when calling from Canada and USA)
Fax: 011-49-711-44-00-77-20
Email: verein@bessarabien.de
Website: www.bessarabien.com

The Bessarabiendeutscher Verein e.V. was founded 1949 and is a society primarily of persons of Bessarabian German ancestry. Today these former German villages are in southwestern part of Ukraine (near Odessa) and in Moldova. The society presents a large gathering every two years now near Stuttgart. Reunions of persons from specific Bessarabian German villages are held throughout Germany. Announcements of these events are listed in Mitteilungsblatt.

Haus der Bessarabiendeutschen
The Verein is owner of a six floor building. This location is within four walking blocks of the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland.

Bessarabian German Gathering
The Landsmannschaft sponsors a gathering for the Bessarabian Germans community in Germany every two years normally in May or June.

Mitteilungsblatt
Monthly magazine, published by the Bessarabiendeutscher Verein e.V. For a subscription, please contact the office of the Verein.

Membership to the Landsmannschaft
With a subscription to Mitteilungsblatt, one becomes a member of the Bessarabiendeutscher Verein e.V.


2. Hilfskomitee der ev.-luth. Kirche aus Bessarabien e.V.

President: Arnulf Baumann
Office address: Hilfskomitee der ev.-luth. kirche aus Bessarabien
Bleekstrasse 20
30559 Hannover, Germany
Mailing address: Postfach 710 366
30543 Hannover, Germany
Telephone: 011-49-511-95239-30 (when calling from Canada or USA)
Fax: 011-49-511-95245-58

The Hilfskomitee was founded 1946 and represents the Bessarabian Germans on religious and social areas.

Alexander-Stift

Director: Günther Vossler
Address: Alexander-Stift
71577 Grosserlach-Neufürstenhütte, Germany
Telephone: 011-49-7903-930-930 (when calling from Canada or USA)

The Alexander-Stift was founded 1953 and is a home for the elderly as well as a nursing home with assisted living units. The house is committed to the perservation of the Bessarabian traditions especially by presenting Bessarabian cooking, church services, events and celebrations.

Heimatkalender der Bessarabiendeutschen
Yearly publication.

Mitteilungsblatt
Monthly magazine.

Membership
With a subscription to Mitteilungsblatt, one becomes a member of the Bessarabiendentscher Verein e.V.

Ingo Isert, Curator, provides a tour for members of the North Dakota State University Library sponsored Journey to the Homeland Tour, May 1997.


3. Heimatmuseum der Deutschen aus Bessarabien e.V.

Curator: Ingo Rüdiger Isert
Deputy: Dr. Hugo Knöll
Office and mailing address: Heimatmuseum der Deutschen aus Bessarabien
Florianstrasse 17
70188 Stuttgart, Germany
Telephone: 011-49-711-44-00-770 (when calling from Canada or USA)
Fax: 011-49-711-44-00-77-20

The Heimatmuseum was founded 1952 and is housed since 1960 in the building Haus der Bessarabiendeutschen. The society's greatest strength is museum exhibition, archives, library and genealogy.

Museum Exhibition
The Heimatmuseum collects and presents originals, models and artifacts of the Germans in Bessarabia during the period of settlement from 1814 to 1940.

Archives and Library
In the archives there is a collection of photographies, documents and other papers corresponding to all former German villages in Bessarabia.

The library has the most extensive Bessarabian German book collection in the world. No interlibrary loan.

Persons can work in archive and library but should contact the Heimatmuseum by phone for hours.

Genealogical and Family Research
The Heimatmuseum provides limited genealogical research with help of volunteer staff. Extensive genealogy records are available from the LDS Bessarabian microfilm collection and from the Central Genealogical Archive in Leipzig.

The cost for genealogical and family history research is $3 U.S. per hour.

The Heimatmuseum der Deutschen aus Bessarabien appreciates gifts of family histories and other Bessarabian German publications in the English language as donation to its library collection.

Bookstore and Book Sale
The Heimatmuseum has an extensive list of books for sale. Heimatmuseum publications are also available for purchase from the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.

Publications
Museum und Archiv is a booklet published since 1993 with reports from the Heimatmuseum documentation of the history of the Bessarabian Germans.

Schriften des Heimatmuseums der Deutschen aus Bessarabian is a series of monographies and documentation.

  • Volume 35: Plotzk in Bessarabien 1839-1940, published in 1998.
  • Volume 36: Kisil, ein Schwabendorf in Bessarabien, published in 1999.
  • Volume 37: Bessarabesken (Erzählungen), published in 2000.

Photographs from the archives of the Heimatmuseum der Deutschen aus Bessarabien
German school in Sarata
Agriculture in the Bessarabian villages
Church in Lichtental
Street in Gnadenfeld

Photographs from the archives of the Heimatmuseum der Deutschen aus Bessarabien, Florianstrasse 17, 70188, Stuttgart, Germany.

Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller
North Dakota State University Libraries
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
Libraries
NDSU Dept #2080
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: 701-231-8416
Fax: 701-231-6128
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Director: Michael M. Miller
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