Saving Our Ancestral Records (SOAR)
The AHSGR SOAR
Bob and Marge Benson
8031 S 2250th
South Weber, UT.
2301 Canal Blvd.
Hays, KS 67601
Mike Meisinger, 13929 Briar
Overland Park KS 66224
There is still
a need for
leaders. You are
encouraged to say
Yes and help by
AHSGR, 631 D
Street, Lincoln NE
|The Aussiedler Tape Project Challenge
or groups with
skills are urged
volunteer to adopt
a tape to
adopted tape M-77
of Emilie Mohrlang
from Schwed, Volga
area. Inventory of
tapes are listed
Sellenrick at email@example.com
for their chosen
tapes are now
hosted on St.
web site, Austin
audio can be
listened to by
and an mp3 for a
tape can also be
If you decide you
want to transcribe
and translate a
so she is aware of
Background: AHSGR established the Aussiedler Project to conduct oral history interviews with the older “Aussiedler” now living in the Federal Republic of Germany for the purpose of learning more about the home villages, i.e., folklore, customs and life-styles, village maps, dialects, and family histories.
One hundred and twenty five tapes were made from 1989, 1990 trips to Germany, and 1994 trip to Russia by several AHSGR members to include Nancy Berhardt Holland and JoAnn Kuhr (AHSGR staff member). Also several tapes were made by members of the Landsmannshaft. Copies of each tape was made. Two tapes (M-51 & M-56) were transcribed, translated, edited, and published, they are available to the membership in monograph form.
Each tape has been digitized on CDs as a more permanent form of preservation.
? indicates correct file number is in question
M-1. Interview with Mrs. Arndt, neé Peters, from Selz, Odessa. Scheer, Germany, 23 September 1989. Additional comments by Lydia Schwindt, neé Hölzer.
M-2. Anna Maria Stroh Jauck. She describes a German-Russian wedding in detail as well as other German-Russian customs. Osnabrück, Germany, 2 October 1989
M-3. The Osnabrück chapter (Ortsgruppe) of the Landsmannschaft singing German-Russian folksongs. Side two includes the singing of German-Russian folksongs by the Stroh-Bellon families in Osnabrück. Osnabrück, Germany, 30 September 1989,
M-4. Description of the Reception Camp in Osnabrück by Mrs. Anna Maria Jauck. Interviews with unidentified Aussiedler in the camp. Osnabrück, Germany, 1 October 1989
M-5. Amalia Schweigert from Fresental. The Volga deportation. Wiesbaden, Germany, 24 June 1990.
M-6. Irma Repp and family. Life experiences. Villingen, Germany, 14 June 1990.
M-7. Lydia Michael from Mohr. Life experiences. Excellent dialect example. Bad Durrheim reception camp, Bad Durrheim, Germany, 14 June 1990.
M-8a. Side one. Alexander and Lydia Hölzer Schwindt from Morgentau and Lindenau. Neckarhausen, Germany, 20 June 1990.
M-8b. Side two. Dr. Martin and family from Brabandar. Life experiences. Durchgangslager (temporary housing in school gymnasium) in Kirchheim über Tech, Germany, 17 June 1990.
M-9. Alexander and Lydia Schwindt. Wolves, cradle songs, life in Middle Asia. Neckarhausen, Germany, 20 June 1990.
M-10. Alexander and Lydia Hölzer Schwindt from Morgentau and Lindenau. Personal history. Neckarhausen, Germany, 20 June 1990.
M-11a. Marie Reichert and family from Kraft. Recollections of her father. Alzey, Germany, 16 June 1990.
M-11b. Marie Reichert and family from Kraft. Random and political table talk. Alzey, Germany, 16 June 1990.
M-12. Marie Reichert from Kraft. Alzey, Germany, 16 June 1990.
M-13. Rosa Schmidt from Dushanbe. Political realities and recollections. Reiskirchen, Germany, 21 June 1990.
M-14. Waldemar and Maria Schmidt. Wolves, psychic phenomena. Unna-Massen reception camp, Unna-Massen, Germany, 28 June 1990.
M-15a. Maria Knaub from Rosenberg. Personal history, funeral customs, folklore. Unna Massen reception camp, Unna Massen, Germany, 28 June 1990.
M-15b. Maria Knaub from Rosenberg and Mrs. Siemens from Osterwick. Plattdeutsch specimen. Unna-Massen reception camp, Unna-Massen, Germany, 28 June 1990.
M-16 & 17. Lena & Eva Dultz from Romania; Ulla Michael Kletter from Mohr. Osnabrück-Bramsche Durchgangslager. Bramsche, Germany, 29 June 1990.
M-18. George Schumacher. Osnabrück - Bramsche Durchgangslager. Bramsche, Germany, 29 June 1990.
M-19. Natalie Jauk and family from Dönhof . Experiences of the starvation period, folksong, deportation from the Volga. Amscher, Germany, 29 June 1990.
M-20. Abraham Dyck from Volhynia. Life experiences. Osnabrück, Germany, 29 June 1990.
M-21. Continuation of Abraham Dyck life experiences. Osnabrück, Germany, 29 June 1990.
M-22. Continuation of Abraham Dyck life experiences. Osnabrück, Germany, 29 June 1990.
M-23. Lydia Hölzer Schwindt and her sister Marie Hölzer, Bad Dürrham, Germany, 14 June 1990.
M-24. Mrs. Alvira Aberle, nee Eisenmenger, of Kandel, Odessa. Ulm-Wipplingen, 20 June 1990.
M-25. Side one: Interview with Rosa Schmidt, who explains some of the dialect stories told by Mrs. Aberle. Reiskirchen, Germany, 22 June 1990.
M-26. Richard Mohrland of Hoffental, Volga Region. Wiesbaden, Germany, 23 June 1990.
M-27. Jacob Becker from Erlenbach, Volga Region. Paderborn, Germany, 26 June 1990.
M-28. Interview with Jacob Becker, family and friends, continued. Paderborn, Germany, 26 June 1990.
M-29a. Elvira Derzaph from Franzfeld, Odessa. Osnabrück, Germany, 28 June 1990.
M-29b. Interview with Elvira Derzapf continued. Osnabrück, Germany, 28 June 1990.
M-30. Reception camp in Bransch. Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Penner. Bramsch, Germany, 29 June 1990.
M-32. Mrs. Natalie Jauk from Dönhof. Bramsch, Germany, 29 June, 1990.
M-33. Abraham Dyck. Osnabrück, Germany, 29 June, 1990.
M-34. Interview with Abraham Dyck continued
M-35a. Interview with Abraham Dyck continued
M-35b. Mrs. Abraham Dyck, Osnabrück, Germany, 29 June, 1990.
M-36. Sophia Hopp from the Volga Region, Orloff, and the Caucasus. Flehingen, Germany, 25 January 1993.
M-37. Sophia Hopp, continued, and Karolina Renschler from Neu-Freudental, Odessa. Flehingen, Germany, 25 January 1993.
M-38. Julia Goetz from Baden, Odessa. Adelsheim, Germany, 27 January 1993 .
M-39. Maria Kaehm Schweizer from Balzer. Heilbronn, Germany, 28 January 1993. Jakob Schweizer from Langenberg, Odessa. Heilbronn, Germany, 28 January 1993.
M-40 Jakob Mohrland from Brunnental, Odessa. Ellhofen, Germany, 29 January 1993.
M-41 Jakob Mohrland, cont
M-42 Maria Chrispens Hass and Anna Chrispens Doll from Dobrinka, Volga. Möckmühl, Germany, 30 January 1993.
M-43 Maria Schweizer Usselmann from Langenberg, Odessa. Heilbronn, Germany, 30 January 1993. (An English summary of the interview which she would not allow taped.)
M-44 Erna and Erika Rohleder from Yagodnaya Polyana. Hohenacker WB, Germany, 1 February 1993.
M-45. Olga Loewen Benkendorf from the Molochna Colnies, and David Benkendorf from Friedenfeld, Caucasus. Bisingen, Germany, 4 February 1993.
M-46. Olga & David Benkendorf, continued. 5 February 1993.
M-47. Cäcilia Hoffart Wegman and Mathäus Wegman from Baden, Odessa. Ulm-Wipplingen, Germany, 6 February 1993.
M-48. Amalia Schamber from Degott, Volga. Chemnitz, Germany, 9 February 1993.
M-49. Johannes Schamber from Degott, Volga. Chemnitz, Germany, 10 February 1993.
M-50. Johannes Schamber, continued.
M-51. Ella Faber Wolf from Basel, Volga, and Friedrich Wolf from Messer, Volga. Hamburg, Germany, 18 February 1993.
(Published as AHSGR
M-52. Heinrich Stabel, whose family went from the Volga Region to Kazakhstan, back to the Volga, then to Kirgyzstan. Hamburg, Germany, 16 February 1993.
M-53. Mina Weiss from Neu-Dönhof, Volga. Hamburg, Germany, 18 February 1993.
M-54. Heinrich Batt from Frank, Volga. Etelsen, Germany, 21 February 1993.
M-55 Otto and Emma Köhler Goldade from Selz, Odessa. Kassel, Germany, 22 February 1993.
M-56. Hilda Kopp Dell from Volhynia and Jakob Dell from Deller Khutor, Volga. Kassel, Germany, 23 February 1993. (Published
M-57 Anna Maier Felde and Heinrich Felde from Alexanderhöh, Volga. Kassel, Germany, 24 February 1993.
M-58 Heinrich Schmidt from Nieder-Monjou, Volga. Kassel, Germany, 24 February 1993.
M-59. Anna Heinz Schmidt from Katharinental, Volga. Kassel, Germany, 24 February 1993.
M-60. Alex Felsing from Kukkus, Volga. Kassel, Germany, 25 February 1993
M-61 Johannes and Samuel Becker, from Brunnental, Volga. Song on end by Maria Felsing Kaercher, Samuel Becker, Emma Felsing Becker, Willi Kaercher. Kassel, Germany, 25 February 1993.
M-62. Sophia Schander Becker from Gnadenflur and Karaganda. Kassel, Germany, 25 February 1993.
M-63. Adam Kindsvater from Huck, Volga. Bielefeld, Germany, 27 February 1993.
M-64. Paulina Schmidt from Yagodnaya Polyana, Volga. Bielefeld, Germany, 1 March 1993.
?M-65. Marta Krämer Schock from Kassel, Odessa, and niece, Erna Burghardt Rüb from Kassel, Odessa. Villingen, Germany, 14 June 1990.
M-66. Oswald Heinz from Bangert and Stahl am Tarlyk, Volga. Neuss, Germany, 3 March 1993.
M-67. Katharina Pflaumer Alt from Huck, Volga. Neuss, Germany, 3 March 1993.
M-68. Amalia Stärk Heinz from Laub, Volga. Neuss, Germany, 3 March 1993.
M-69. Natalia Goetz Stuckert from Schöntal, Volga. Enger, Germany, 5 March 1993.
M-70. Anton Hermann, Comedian, at the Landsmannschaft meeting. The skit is in the dialect of Kandel, Odessa. Fulda, Germany, 6 March 1993.
M-71. Arnold Martin from Thälmann, Kazakhstan, and Lydia/Olinda (Rauschenberger) Martin from Kustenai. Laubach, Germany, 7 March 1993.
M-72. Reinhold Gottfried from Philippsfeld, Volga, and Rosa Gottfried, from Kamenets Podolsk, Podolia. Laubach, Germany, 8 March 1993.
M-73. Magdalena Kirschman Goehring from Saratovka, Odessa. Laubach, Germany, 8 March 1993.
M-74. David Werre and Alwina Knöll Werre from Glückstal, Odessa, and Wilhelmina Rueb Knöll from Hoffnungstal, Odessa. Laubach, Germany, 9 March 1993.
M-75. Richard Mohrlang from Hoffental, Volga. Darmstadt, Germany. 10 March 1993.
M-76. Richard Mohrlang, continued.
M-77. Emilie Mohrlang from Schwed, Volga. Darmstadt, Germany, 11 March 1993.
M-78. Emilie Mohrlang, continued.
M-79. Lydia Schmalz and Florentina Schmalz Schlosser, Kuchurgan Colonies, Odessa. Oberursul, Germany, 13 March 1993.
M-80. Emil & Olga Klettke from Volhynia, Königstein, Germany, 15 March 1993.
M-81. Maria Lechman Mai from Rothammel, Volga. Königstein, 15 March 1993.
?M-82. Tape received from Landsmannschaft. Interviewer and Interviewee unknown.
M-83. Interview with Bertha Schiefer Alles born in the Volga Region, 29 March 1928. Interview taped 6 September 1991. Source unknown.
M-84. Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Schülz. Taped 19 September 1991. Source unknown.
M-85. Interview with Anna Kriesmann Fritz born 9 November 1908 in Preuss, Volga Region. Interview conducted by Bertha Haas in Germany on 17 March 1994.
M-86a. Interview with Anna Fritz Noll born 19 April 1929 in Gorlovka, Ukraine. Interview conducted by Bertha Haas in Germany on 17 March 1994.
M-86b. Interview with Anna Fritz and Anna Noll, conducted by Bertha Haas in Germany on 17 March 1994.
M-87. Interview with Lydia Hochstadt conducted by Bertha Haas in Germany.
M-88. Interview with Mrs. Elisabeth Ramich assisted by her daughter Irma Kurz and her son Robert. Interview conducted by Mrs. H. Vöhler in Trossingen, Germany. February 1995.
M-89. Interview with Emma Röhrig, taped in Lincoln, Nebraska, March 1992.
M-90. Interview with Johannes Hill. Taped in Lincoln, Nebraska, 8 February 1995.
M-91. Interview with Heinrich and Marie (neé Au) Grasmück, taped in Lincoln, Nebraska, 20 June 1995.
?M-92. Tape received from Landsmannschaft. Interviewer and Interviewee unknown.
M-93. Amalie Zwetzig Kniss from Morgentau. Gering, Nebraska, 12 July 1990.
?M-95. Jakob Schmidt from Stahl am Tarlyk, Volga. Bielefeld, Germany, 1 March 1993
M-96. Side one has German folk music. Side two has interviews with unidentified Aussiedler from the Black Sea Area.
M-97. Christmas poetry spoken and sung by the author, Friedrich Schiller.
M-98. Speech by Hugo Wormsbecher of Wiedergeburt presented at a symposium organized by the Verein für das Deutschtum im Ausland on the Current Status of Germans in Eastern Europe. Bonn, Germany, 8 October 1989.
?M-98. Hugo Wormsbecher (from Wiedergeburt address to the International Refugee Congress. Kassel, Germany, 11 June 1990.
M-100. Speech by Vladimir Chernishvev, editor of Neues Leben, presented at the symposium in Bonn, Germany, 8 October 1989.
M-101. Aussiedler project meeting at the Landsmannschaft. Tales of the supernatural told by volunteers. Stuttgart, Germany, 13 June 1990.
?M102. Irmgard Stoldt. Personal history. Neckarhausen, Germany, 20 June 1990.
M-103. Konstantin Ehrlich, Alma-Ata (Editor of the newspaper
Freundschaft.) Zur Geschichte der Deutschen im
Zarenreich. International Refugee Congress. Kassel, Germany, 10 June 1990.
M-104. Prof. Dr. Harold Weydt and Dr. Peter Rosenberg.
Neue Forschungen zum Zustand der Sprache des
Sovjetdeutschen. International Refugee Congress. Kassel, Germany, 11 June 1990. This speech was published in AHSGR Journal, Vol. 18 No. 1 (Spring 1995).
M-105. Prof. Dr. Richard Lorenz,
Die Deutschen in der
Zwischenkriegszeit. International Refugee Congress. Kassel, Germany, 11 June 1990.
M-106. Prof. Dr. Hartmut
Kugler. Gebrochene Kontinuität - Aspekte einer Geschichte der rußland- und sowjetdeutschen
Literatur. International Refugee Congress. Kassel, Germany, 11 June 1990.
M-107. Group discussion following paper presented by Hugo Jedig at the International Refugee Congress in Kassel, Germany, 11 June 1990.
M-108. German-Soviet University Seminar (Deutsch-Sowjetischer Hochschulkongreß) Speech by Hugo Jedig, The Germans in Russia During the First Fifty Years of the Soviet Regime. This speech was published in the AHSGR Journal, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Winter 1991). Kassel, Germany, 11 June 1990.
M-109. Seminar in Bad Homburg dealing with the World Refugee Problem.
Speech by Hugo Wormsbecher, President of Wiedergeburt. Bad Homburg, Germany, 18 June 1990.
M-110. Seminar in Bad Homburg continued. Speech by Dr. Alfred Eisfeld. Bad Homburg, Germany, 18 June 1990.
M-111. Reception Camp Unna Massen. Meeting with new arrivals and orientation speech by volunteer to assist them in their assimilation process. Unna Massen, Germany, 27 June 1990.
M-112. Orientation speech continued. Unna Massen, Germany, 27 June 1990.
M-113. Orientation speech continued. Unna Massen, Germany, 27 June 1990.
M-114. Ralf Helbing, Director of the Zentral Annahmestelle für Hessen (Aussiedler reception office for Hesse). Discussion of the requirements for immigrating to Germany, the problems the Aussiedler face in Germany, their assimilation into German life. Laubach, Germany, 12 February 1993.
M-115. Rosa Fieber discusses a refugee camp in Moscow for German refugees from Tadzhikistan Meeting of the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, for the state of Hesse. Fulda, Germany, 6 March 1993.
M116. Comments in English about the German Catholic and Lutheran churches in Samara. A tour through Samara; German choirs preceding the concert in Samara; comedian Arthur Jordan; comments concerning Ulyanovsk and Bagdashkino, a new German settlement outside Ulyanovsk. Mostly in English, some German.
M117. Selections from the gala concert in Ulyanovsk, 6 September. There is a tape speed problem in some sections.
M118. Interview with Jakob Schmall of Grimm on board ship; additional interviews and choirs; comments about trip to Sarepta, a suburb of Volgograd; various choirs and comments in Sarepta. Some good quality, some poor due to wind aboard the ship and recorder problems.
M119a Interview with Pastor Springer discussing the situation of the church in Russia.
M119b Anecdotes told by Arthur Jordan, commedian; with singing and yodelling by Irene Stauch, on board ship, 8 September 1994.
M120a Panel discussion concerning the future of German culture in Russia. In German and Russian with some English commentary. On board ship, September 8, 1994
M120b Discussion with Juri Haar and others concerning the history, program, and future plans of the Landsmannschaft der Wolgadeutschen. Saratov, September 14, 1994.In Russian and German.
M122 & 123 Speeches given at the 1994 Bundestreffen of the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland in Stuttgart, Germany. Donated by John Klein.
M124 &125 Speeches at the 1994 Bundestreffen of the Landsmannschaft der
Deutschen aus Russland in Stuttgart, Germany. Donated by Jon Chickey.