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Journal 1980s

  Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 1980) VIEW JOURNAL : The cover is a general view of Budingen, Germany, in the seventeenth century, where many emigrants were married before leaving for the colonies in Russia. "A Document of 1766 Found in Budingen, Germany," by Emma S. Haynes gives the names of some of the original emigrants from Germany to the Volga. Additional contributions by Mrs. Haynes are the articles "Recent News on Germans From Russia" and "Arrival Dates in New York of Steamships Given in Work Papers 9 Through 14." "The Long Trail of the Poor" is the fifth in the series by Lew Malinowski on German emigrants and was translated by Hildegard K. Schwabauer. Two German villages in Russia receive special attention: "Orlovskoye on the Volga" by Jacob and Irma Eichhorn and "Lichtental, Bessarabia: The Story of a Swabian Community in Russia," translated by Herman Wildermuth. Adam Giesinger has two articles: "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived: Germans From Hungary in the Odessa Colonies" and "The German Republic on the Volga in the 1920s." "An Interview With Lydia Kretz: Observations of a Soviet-German Member of the Supreme Soviet of the U. S. S. R." is an unusual interview translated by Philippe Edel. The importance of music in the lives of our people is discussed by Lawrence Weigel as he speaks of the many fine instrumentalists and bands and gives us a traditional post wedding song, Ihr Musikanten tut mir spielen (Musicians, play a song for me.) New acquisitions for the Archives reviewed in this issue include: Memories of the Black Sea Germans by Joseph S. Height; Emmons County History, Ellen Woods and Euvagh Wenzel, editors; Fifty Golden Years: Tramping Lake 1895-1955.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Fall 1980) VIEW JOURNAL: A photograph of her great-grandmother taken in Norka prior to World War I inspired the artist Lydia M. Ruyle to create a lovely two-color lithograph titled "Babushka." This lithograph was used on the convention program and roster and is also on the cover of this Journal commemorating the Eleventh International Convention held in Dearborn, Michigan, July 8-13. The addresses and presentations found in this issue include: the keynote address, "An Appraisal of Our Future," by Adam Giesinger; "Russian Documents Which Our Ancestors Brought to America" by Alexander Dupper; "The Art of Bloodletting as Practiced by My Father" by Solomon L. Loewen; "Our Authors and Their Books" by Nancy B. Holland; "Und sieh, wir leben: The Story of the Religious Life of Our People in Russia Today" by Donald Damer; "Treasures in Our Archives" by Emma S. Haynes. Dr. A. Becker tells of his good fortune in finding Keller's Die deutschen Kolonien in Suedrussland, which he has translated and AHSGR has published. Addresses concerning the International Foundation are "An Idea Is Born" by Mrs. Theodore E. Heinz and "How Members and Chapters Can Help: What If . . . '" by Ed Schwartzkopf. The banquet presentations concerned the topic "AHSGR Through the Eyes of Its Presidents," including "The Founding Years" by David J. Miller; "Growing Up" by Ruth M. Amen; and "Building for the Future" by Adam Giesinger. In addition, this issue contains committee reports, a report of the first "Village Night" held at the convention, and the text of the "Sermon in Poetry" presented at the ecumenical service and compiled by Nancy B. Holland.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Winter 1980) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover depicts the sketch of a proposed medal in commemoration of the Manifesto of 1763. One of the documents from the 1760s which this Journal contains is the official English-- language version of Catherine's manifesto of 1763. The other is a document issued by the ruler of the Rhine Palatinate in Germany in 1764 freeing a Jakob Bruch from serfdom to enable him to migrate to Russia. Concerning the same period we have the story of the founding of the Volga colonies written by Georg Kromm. Adam Giesinger tells of land distribution in "Changes in Land Ownership in Franzfeld/Odessa 1806-1822" and provides information about the Liebental daughter colonies in this issue's installment of "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived." Sally T. Hieb has translated beautifully one of the chapters of Wolhynisches Tagebuch, which was reviewed in the Journal Vol. 2, No. 3. In addition, the story of the grandson of the woman portrayed on the cover of that issue is told here. The first installment of Pastor David Weigum's reminiscences of his childhood and youth in the Crimea in the 1880s is presented in Aus Heimat und Leben translated by Leona Pfeifer. Donald Damer has translated "Not Far From Orenburg," a report by two Communist reporters on Mennonite colonies in the Orenburg District. Adam Giesinger presents the first extract from his work dealing with the history of AHSGR. A timely article is Rosina Kiehlbauch's "Christmas in the New World" concerning the celebration by an immigrant family in the 1870s. Concluding this issue are a continuation of Lawrence Weigel's "We Sing Our History" and the arrival dates of many ships which brought our forefathers to America, provided by Emma S. Haynes.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 1981) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover portrait of Julius Wenzler introduces us to another sensitive translation by Sally T. Hieb of a chapter in the Wolhynisches Tagebuch. (See review in Journal Vol. 2, No. 3.) Adam Giesinger's contributions to this issue are "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived: Early Daughter Colonies Near Mariupol"; "Germans From Russia in Germany in the 1950s"; and "The Origins of AHSGR: The Organizational Meetings." Timothy J. Kloberdanz's "Folklore Forum" reappears, this time with riddles told by the Germans from Russia. "We Sing Our History" by Lawrence A. Weigel adds to our knowledge of our folklore. Personal recollections among the German colonists in Russia are found in the memoirs of David Weigum, "Aus Heimat und Leben: About My Life and Homeland, " translated by Dona Reeves and Leona Pfeifer; "Wanderers on the Steppes in Old Russia" by A. F. Wanner, translated by A. Becker; and "A Voice From the Past: A German-Russian Life," by Christian Welsch, with an introduction by Roger L. Welsch. Newcomer to the Journal is Edward R. Brandt, who presents "Drought Child," a poem. This issue concludes with reviews of additions to the loan collection: Readings in American Folklore by Jan Harold Brunvand; The Soviet Germans in the USSR Today by Sidney Heitman; and The Volga Germans Pioneers of the Northwest by Richard D. Scheuerman and Clifford E.Trafzer.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 1981) VIEW JOURNAL: The children who attended our 1981 International Convention in Minnesota are pictured on the cover of this convention issue. Most of the major addresses given at the convention are presented here. The keynote address by Adam Giesinger, "Now Is the Time," is followed by "Recent German Emigrants From the Soviet Union Now in West Germany" by our guest speaker from Germany, Eduard von Sarnowski. Information about Volhynia is presented by a father-daughter team. Albert Hein gives "A Historical Synopsis," and Irmgard Hein Ellingson presents "Volhynian-German Customs and Tradition." Lawrence A. Weigel's address, "Laughter: A Good Medicine: Humorous Stories Told by Our People," is guaranteed to keep you laughing. Diane M. Rankin provides information in "Folklore and Ethnicity: 400 Years of Hutterite Hymn Singing." "Youth Speaks Out" was the theme of the banquet as we heard from three inspiring young members of AHSGR. Loretta Wittman spoke on "Growing Up Together"; Brent Mai on the topic of "Zuviel Arbeit"; and Barbara Yerich on "Our Heritage! The Seeds of the Future." Information pertaining to the International Foundation is presented by Edward Schwartzkopf in the "Foundation Financial Report"; "Making a Heritage Center Possible" by Karen A. Jensen; and "Viele Haende," a slide presentation by Lewis R. Marquardt. Messages by Sister Mary Leo Bleth and the Rev. Wayne Ellingson, who spoke at the ecumenical service, are included. Also in this issue are the various committee reports presented at the business meetings, information on Ancestral Village Night, the Foundation Auction, and many pictures of the various activities at the convention.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Winter 1981) VIEW JOURNAL: Two Canadians contribute to the Journal for the first time in this issue. Lawrence Klippenstein has informative articles on " Kirchliche' Mennonites in the U.S.S.R." and "The Mennonite Heritage Centre in Winnipeg." Felix Kuehn reviews Reisebeschreibung aus Wolhynien und Canada by Ernst Althausen. Other reviews by Lawrence Klippenstein are of Soviet Evangelicals Since World War II by Walter Sawatsky and Causes and History of the Emigration of the Mennonites from Russia to America by Gerhard Wiebe. Several articles begun in preceding issues continued here include: "A Voice From the Past: A German-Russian Life" by Christian Welsch; "Aus Heimat und Leben: About My Life and Homeland" by David Weigum; "A History of AHSGR: Groping for Practical Policies 1969-1970" by Adam Giesinger; and another translation by Sally T. Hieb from the Wolhynisches Tagebuch, "The Widows" by Hertha Karasek-Strzygowski. Another memory of Christmas past is presented from the remembrances of Rosina Kiehlbauch, "Christmas on the Homestead in 1884." Dr. Giesinger continues his series on "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived: The Germans Who Migrated to Russia via Poland." Lawrence A. Weigel contributes another song in "We Sing Our History." Two new series begin with this issue: "Escape From Starving Russia" by Edward J. Amend and an annotated update of the items received in our AHSGR Archives since the publication of the revised AHSGR Annotated Bibliography, compiled by Emma S. Haynes. Edward R. Brandt offers another poem for our enjoyment, "Mennonite Heritage." The cover of this issue is a reproduction of a 1908 advertisement of a "modern" iron plow manufactured by Johann Hoehn in Odessa.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring 1982) VIEW JOURNAL: Three articles in this issue by Adam Giesinger, Emma S. Haynes, and Arthur E. Flegel are written in memory of Karl Stumpp, 1896-1982, who dedicated his life to recording the history of the Germans from Russia. Dr. Stumpp's picture is on the cover of this issue. Other articles by Dr. Giesinger are: "Conditions in the Volga Region 1919-1922"; "Appeals for Help From the Black Sea Region 1922-1923 to the Canadian Relatives Who Emigrated 1886-1889"; "Famine Deaths Under the Old Regime?"; and a continuation of the "History of AHSGR." Emma S. Haynes has also contributed "A Reply to the Editors of Unsere Wirtschaft." "List of the Volga German Refugees Who Arrived at Frankfurt on the Oder From Minsk on December 9, 1922"; "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives"; and "Additional Comments on the Aerial Photographs." The latter follows the article "Aerial Photographs of Our Ancestral Villages" by Charles Lambrecht. Barbara Wagner's "Fugitives From Fear" describes the flight of a group of Germans from the "Volga Region through Minsk to Germany in 1921-1922." Edward J. Amend's "Escape From Starving Russia," Part II, tells the story of an individual's flight. John B. Toews brings insight into Mennonite life in Russia in "The Diary of Jacob Epp 1860-1880." The life of David Weigum in the Crimea continues in "Aus Heimat und Leben" translated by Dona Reeves and Leona Pfeifer. This issue concludes with three book reviews. Erinnerungen an Kasachstan by Berta Bachmann and Eine Reise durch Deutschland und Russland by Johann B. Cataneo are reviewed by Emma S. Haynes; Arnold C. Schultz reviews Troubles and Triumphs 1914-1924 by Peter J. Dyck.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer 1982) VIEW JOURNAL: The words and melody of "Wie schoen ist das laendliche Leben," a favorite song of Germans from Russia, adorn the cover of this issue. Klaus Hoffmann continues the theme in his commentary on "Songs of the Germans From Russia." Timothy J. Kloberdanz describes the Volga German adaptation to the Russian steppes, the North American prairies, and the Argentine pampas in his "Plainsmen of Three Continents." A new series begins with this issue as Jacob Hieb tells of "My Return to Russia." The remaining articles in this issue are continuations of series begun in preceding issues. They include: "History of AHSGR" and "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived" (the villages of the Rastadt and Mannheim Districts) by Adam Giesinger; "Aus Heimat und Leben" by David Weigum, translated by Leona Pfeifer; "The Diary of Jacob Epp 1860-1880" by John B. Toews; "The Village Blacksmith, Ferdinand Wolf" from Wolhynisches Tagebuch, translated by Sally T. Hieb; "List of Volga German Refugees Who Arrived at Frankfurt on the Oder From Minsk on December 9, 1922" and "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives," both by Emma S. Haynes.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Fall 1982) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover picture showing those attending the 13th International Convention in Wichita, Kansas, is indicative of the content emphasis of this issue. Five presentations from the convention included here are: Norbert Dreiling's "Ich bin auch ein Deutscher aus Russland"; "Pioneering in Dakota Territory" by Reuben Goertz; "The Style of Low German Folklore" by Katie F. Wiebe; "Volga German Children's Folklore" by Lawrence A. Weigel; and "Anna Barkman: A Child Pilgrim" by Wesley J. Prieb. Series continued in this issue are: "My Return to Russia" by Jacob Hieb, Sr.; Edward J. Amend's "Escape From Starving Russia"; David Weigum's "Aus Heimat und Leben," translated by Leona Pfeifer; Adam Giesinger's continuation of "The History of AHSGR: the Eventful Year 1971" and "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived," in which he describes daughter colonies in Asiatic Russia. Due to the interest created by the refugee lists published in the spring and summer issues of this volume, Dr. Giesinger has written "The Volga German Refugees of 1921-1922." A related article by Emma S. Haynes is "The Fate of a Wealthy Warenburg Family." Mrs. Haynes concludes this issue with her annotated list of "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives."  
     
  Journal, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Winter 1982) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover on this winter issue depicts a group of children and a grandmother sitting near a Christmas tree in Kazakhstan. Adam Giesinger describes Christmas customs in Russia in his article "There Was No Santa Claus in Russia." Kiehlbauch's trilogy on recollections of Christmas experiences in the Dakotas is completed with "Christmas 1894." Many of the articles in this issue deal with events during the reign of Czar Nicholas II, beginning with "Dinner With Nicholas II" by Alexander Bier, translated by Emma S. Haynes. In "The Detour" Judy R. Hubert gives her grandfather's recollections of his brother who rode with Nicholas II; Adam Giesinger writes of "The Last of the Czars"; and Alexander Dupper tells of German Russians fighting in the Russo-Japanese War in "Philipp Frick, a Stoker in the Imperial Russian Navy." In addition to this article "Pastor David Weigum at Norka," Dr. Giesinger continues his "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived," which discusses the German villages in the Omsk Region of Siberia. He also contributes "A Refugee Family at Frankfurt/Oder 1923" and a review of the book Wir wollen Deutsche bleiben by George J. Walters. Sally T. Hieb has another poignant translation from Wolhynisches Tagebuch, "My Little Friend." Jon Roe relates the personal history of a German living in Russia until 1977 in "Impersonal Wars Inflict Personal Agony." The courageous story of a woman and child kept in Russia by the war and Revolution, struggling to join the husband and father in Kansas, is told by Lawrence A. Weigel in "A Story of Faith and Courage." In this issue is the third installment of "My Return to Russia" by Jacob Hieb, Sr. Bradley H. Baltensperger contributes "Agricultural Change Among Nebraska Immigrants, 1880-1900." Emma S. Haynes has annotated another group of "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives."  
     
  Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 1983) VIEW JOURNAL: In this installment of "My Return to Russia," Jacob Hieb, Sr., describes a visit to Bergdorf, a village in South Russia, which is depicted on the cover. Other series continued in this issue are: "Aus Heimat und Leben" by David Weigum, translated by Leona Pfeifer; "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived," in which Adam Giesinger discusses the German villages in the Slavgorod area in Siberia; "The Song of Kazakhstan," a translation by Sally T. Hieb from Wolhynisches Tagebuch; and "We Sing Our History" by Lawrence Weigel. Alexander Dupper has translated and discussed a document sent by Soviet Germans to the Soviet Politbureau in 1972 in "The Desperate Struggle of the Soviet Germans for Their Human Rights and for Permission to Emigrate [sic] to Germany." Another translation concerning the status of our people in the Soviet Union was done by Robert Meininger, "Among the Germans in the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan." Adam Giesinger also contributes "A Successful Search for Relatives in Russia," "Miscellanea," concerning people on the refugee lists, and "A Traveling Revolutionary Tribunal of 1921." From an article by Victor Zhuraulyov in Soviet Life there is "A Volga German Coal Miner in Yakutiya." The fate of "Alt-Emilin in Volhynia" is presented by John M. Schoenknecht. Of interest to folklorists and people in the medical profession is "Health Care Practices in the Life of Katherine Schrag Kaufman" by Jo Ellen Koerner. The book Waffen der Wehrlosen is reviewed by Donald H. Damer. Adam Giesinger reviews David Klassen and the Mennonites. This issue concludes with "Books and Articles Recently Donated to the AHSGR Archives" by Emma S. Haynes.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Summer 1983) VIEW JOURNAL: On the cover are pictured some of the 1500 members and friends who gathered for the dedication of the new headquarters and the AHSGR Heritage Center during the Fourteenth International Convention. Two presentations from the convention are also given in this issue: "The Interrelationships Among the Various Groups of Germans in Russia" by Nikolaus Arndt and "Ships Bringing the Largest Number of Russian Germans to North America" by Emma S. Haynes. As a related topic, Adam Giesinger has "Reflections on the Dedication of Our Heritage Center." He also continues "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived" with a discussion of the Kronau colonies on the Ingulets River. Alexander Dupper contributes "A Brief Description of Settlements in Ilavlin County, Kamyshin District." "German Congregationalism" by William G. Chrystal was first presented at the centennial observance of the General Conference of German Congregational Churches. The fifth installment of "My Return to Russia" by Jacob Hieb, Sr., and "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" by Emma S. Haynes round out this issue of the Journal.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Fall 1983) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover picture of a German-Russian family grave plot in North Dakota gives further illustration to Timothy J. Kloberdanz's "Iron Lilies, Eternal Roses: German-Russian Cemetery Folk Art in Perspective," which was first presented at the Folklore Forum at the 14th International Convention. Other papers from this forum included here are: "German-Russian Folk Architecture in South Dakota" by Michael H. Koop and "A Comparison of the Volga German Dialects in Ellis, Kansas," by Leona Pfeifer. "The Broken Promises" by Adam Giesinger discusses the original promises made to the various groups of German settlers by the Russian crown. Dr. Giesinger has translated an address by Emil Seitz, "The Polish Interlude in the Emigration [sic] of Germans to Bessarabia." Lawrence Weigel has a tribute to the German-Russian mother in his "We Sing Our History." This issue has the sixth and final installment of "My Return to Russia" by Jacob Hieb, Sr. More information on the German refugee lists is found in "Stages in the Life of a Refugee Family." This issue concludes with "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" by Emma S. Haynes.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Winter 1983) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover picture of the church in Balzer decorated for a calendar feast day adds to the lead article by Timothy J. Kloberdanz, " Lambs of Butter, Loaves of Gold': An Analysis of Four Volga German Calendar Feast Days." There are many new contributors to this issue: Cora M. Conner has translated a diary by Christian Mueller in her article "Christian Mueller: A Mennonite Pioneer." John McCormally describes "A Recent Visit to the Volga Region"; H. Manfred Schmidt discusses "Heinrich Storch: A German-Russian Classical Economist"; and William Unruh has described a "Cossack War." Gerda S. Walker has translated an article "Memories of Anton (Sebas- tianovka) on the Volga" by Emilie von Liphart. "The Quality of Education in the German Parochial Schools of the Kamyshin District" is a translation by Alexander Dup- per of a Russian article of 1900. Sophie A. Welisch reviews for us Ein deutscher Arzt als "Heiliger" in Moskau by Anton Hamm and Gerd Teschke. "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" are reviewed by Emma S. Haynes, Reuben Goertz, Adam Giesinger, and Frances Amen.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 1984) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover picture of women workers in the harvest fields of southern Russia gives further illustration to J. S. Otto's "From the Russian Steppes to the North Dakota Prairies: The Agricultural Practices of the Russian German Family." "The German-Russian Farmer Accepts Adam's Curse," a poem by Elmer Suderman, relates a farmer's experiences in America. Translations include a chapter from Hertha Karasek-Strzygowski's Wolhynisches Tagebuch, "A Mother," translated by Selma T. Hieb; the first installment of "The Autobiography of Peter Sinner," translated by Adam Giesinger from a handwritten manuscript found among the captured German documents in the U.S. National Archives; Part I of "In the Wake of the German Army on the Eastern Front, August 1941 to May 1942," reports by Karl Stumpp, translated by Adam Giesinger; and "A Report Sent Home to Germany by a Sergeant in a German Army Unit Stationed in the Kuchurgan Villages 13-28 August 1941," by Hermann Maurer, translated by Adam Giesinger from Maurer's report found in the captured German documents. "Facts and Fallacies About Russian German Dialects" by Paul Schach (based in part on two presentations made at the AHSGR Convention, Lincoln, Nebraska, June 1983) provides explanations, rules of thumb, and sources to consult. John B. Toews' "The Mennonite Village School in Nineteenth Century Russia" captures the state of the village-school system during that period and mentions developments at the end of the century that improved the system. This issue concludes with "Books and Articles Recently Donated to the AHSGR Archives" by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Summer 1984) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover picture shows the Florian Becker family and farmstead near Balgonie, Saskatchewan. Mr. Becker was a pioneer in St. Joseph's Colony, Balgonie. It is one of the illustrations for the article "The Germans From Russia Who Pioneered in Saskatchewan" by Adam Giesinger. Also featured are "In the Wake of the German Army on the Eastern Front, August 1941 to May 1942," Part II, reports by Karl Stumpp, translated by Adam Giesinger; Part II of "The Autobiography of Peter Sinner," translated by Adam Giesinger; "The German Colonists on the Volga" by Georg Kromm, translated by Adam Giesinger; "Mennonite Responses to the Pacifist Mandate: The Rus- sian Experience" by Lawrence Klippenstein; "The Folklore of German-Russian Women" by Irene Rader; "Nostalgic Reflections," containing some thoughts by Ann Smith one year after her trip to Russia; and "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Fall 1984) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover shows Catholic churchgoers emerging from their meeting house in Frank, Volga Region, after a religious service in July 1983. It illustrates the poem provided by Timothy J. Kloberdanz, "The Return", and Rosalinda A. Kloberdanz's article, "Last Glimpses of Home: A Trip to the Former Volga German Villages, 1983." Other contributions include "The Fate of the Volga Germans in Brazil" by Matthias Hagin, translated by Adam Giesinger; "A Wall Plaque With a History," by Esther H. Ebel; "Folklore Forum: Mennonite Traditions From Kansas: Medical and Dental Services, Courting and Weddings," by Solomon L. Loewen; "We Sing Our History," by Lawrence A. Weigel; Part III of "The Autobiography of Peter Sinner," translated by Adam Giesinger; Part III of "In the Wake of the German Army on the Eastern Front 1941-1942, reports by Karl Stumpp, translated by Adam Giesinger; and "Book Review: Abram J. Loewen, Immer weiter nach Osten," reviewed by Harry Loewen.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Winter 1984) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover shows the city of Saratov from a boat on the Volga and illustrates two articles about the Volga Region: "Famine on the Volga in 1891-1892" by Adam Giesinger and "A Russian Description of the Volga German Colonies," introduced, translated, and edited by Norman E. Saul. Also included is an old map of the Volga German colonies. Additional material in this issue: "A Research Trip Through the German Settlements in the Rumanian Dobruja in the Summer of 1926," a report of a DAI emissary, translated by Adam Giesinger; Part IV of "In the Wake of the German Army on the Eastern Front, August 1941 to May 1942," reports by Karl Stumpp, translated by Adam Giesinger; "Tradition and Creativity: The Folk Songs of Vetter Hannes'" by Timothy J. Kloberdanz; "We Sing Our History" by Lawrence A. Weigel; and "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring 1985) VIEW JOURNAL: Emma S. Haynes is featured on the cover. She was a German from Russia, a longtime AHSGR board member and noted researcher on Germans from Russia. The following parts of this issue are in memory of Mrs. Haynes: "Montage of Emma S. Haynes Pictures"; "In Memory of Emma S. Haynes" by David J. Miller; "We Will Never Forget Her Smile" by Ruth M. Amen; "A Tribute to Emma Schwabenland Haynes" by Lawrence A. Weigel; and "Honor to Whom Honor Is Due" by Matthias Hagin, translated by Jo Ann Kuhr. Other contributions include "Meet Sally Tieszen Hieb, AHSGR's International President"; "Gustav Hartkorn, the Forest Runner" by Hertha Karasek-Strzygowski (Wolhynisches Tagebuch), translated by Selma T. Hieb; "Traditional Nicknames From St. Joseph's Colony, Saskatchewan," by George Gette; "Memories of My Childhood" by George W. Gossen; "Researching the Germanic Origins of Your Volga German Ancestors" by Vern Beilman; "The Jacob and Olga Ruff Fetzer Story" by Jacob Fetzer; "Radio Broadcasts to the Soviet Union" by John Brug; "The Mayer Letter" by Ilse and Artur Mayer; "Biography of Christina Netz Hillius (1861-1939) of Kulm, North Dakota," by Otto H. Sperling; "Experiences of My Trip From Dolinovka, North Caucasus, to Asino, Tomsk Region, Siberia, From October 1, 1941 to 1951," anonymous, translated by Jo Ann Kuhr; "An Account of the Hertz Family That Pioneered and Settled in Neuburg, Russia, Beginning in 1804," compiled by Henry Hertz, as related in part by Johann Hertz; Book Reviews: In the Far Country: A Portrait of Three Generations reviewed by Timothy J. Kloberdanz, and Luseland Hub and Spokes: A History of Luseland, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1905-1983, reviewed by Pauline B. Dudek. "The Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" section was annotated by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Summer 1985) VIEW JOURNAL: The 1912 photo on the cover of the Norka (Volga Region) Kirchenvorsteher Hanjoerg Schmer (Church Warden Johann Georg Schmer) accompanies "An Unidentified Norka Family of 1912" and "Memories of Norka" by Conrad Brill. Also included are "A Volhynian Folksong" by Ruth S. Freehling; "My Thirty-Year Occupation in the Service of the German Colonists in Russia" by Pastor Jakob Stach, translated by Mary Lynn Tuck; "History of Peace Lutheran Church, Lipscomb County, Texas"; "Organizing the AHSGR Library" by Dee Ann Allison and Kris Johnson; Part I of "Folklore Forum: Folk Narratives of the Germans From Russia," provided by Timothy J. Kloberdanz; "The Immigration and Early Education of Germans From Russia" by Randall C. Teeuwen. "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck completes the issue.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Fall 1985) VIEW JOURNAL: This convention issue has an illustration of the Yakima, Washington, Northern Pacific Railroad Train Station on the cover. In addition to numerous pictures with captions or short descriptions, the following addresses presented at this 16th annual convention are included: "Memorial Service" honoring Emma Schwabenland Haynes especially, presided over by Louise Potter; "A Look at the AHSGR Family," the keynote address by Selma T. Hieb, International President; "The Situation of the Soviet Germans in the U.S.S.R. and Future Prospects" by Eva Lindeman, Consul General in Seattle; "Streams in the Desert: A Centennial Tribute to Russian German Pioneering in Central Washington" by Richard D. Scheuerman; "Some of the Customs of the Volga German Villages" by Elaine F. Davison; "Portrait of Evaliz: A Daughter of the Volga" by Rachel Newcomer; and "The Problems and Victories of Russian Germans in Siberia" by Peter Deyneka, Jr. One page is devoted to "In Memoriam: Reinhold Eichler July 24, 1912-August 12, 1985." Various reports from the Board of Directors and the International Foundation complete the issue.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 8, No. 4 (Winter 1985) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover features a bread-baking session in a German colony in South Russia. The lead article, "Memories of Childhood in Worms, Russia," by Ferdinand Horst and Willimena L. Semmler, presents two contrasting views of life in that village. The issue also contains "Filzstiefel" (how felt boots were manufactured) by Amalia Lorenz as told to Frances Amen; "Uprising in Warenburg," translated by Richard Kisling; "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives," annotated by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck; letters written in Russia to relatives in Oklahoma covering the years 1914-1931 translated in "Letters to Pauline"; "The Life and Experiences of Sarah Harder Warkentin," translated by Susanna Warkentin Meinzer; "A Russian German Werewolf Story" by Paul Schach; and "Farewell to Norka" by Conrad Brill. The "Family Identified" report (for the picture shown on page ii of the 1985 Summer Journal) completes the issue.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring 1986) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover features the home of the colonist Ernst Allmendinger, Katharinenfeld, South Caucasus (Transcaucasia), to accompany the lead article "The Germans in the Caucasus, Particularly in Transcaucasia" by Karl August Fischer, translated by Arthur E. Flegel. Other contributions include "The Word Buerak in the Names of Volga Villages" by Alexander Dupper; "Reinhold Bohn" by Hertha Karasek-Strzygowski (Wolhynisches Tagebuch), translated by Selma T. Hieb; "We Sing Our History" by Lawrence A. Weigel; "As a Civilian Internee Among German Settlers in the Turgai Region" by A. M___r, translated by Inge Worth and Hildegard Schwabauer; "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives," annotated by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck; "A Mother's Quest for a Better Life" by Harold D. Kauffman; Part II of "Folklore Forum: Folk Narratives of the Germans From Russia," compiled by Timothy J. Kloberdanz; Book Review: The Germans from Russia in the United States and Canada: A Bibliographic Handbook by Lewis R. Marquardt; and "The Current Emigration From the U.S.S.R." by H. Manfred Schmidt.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer 1986) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover picture of Katherine Elizabeth Weimer Bischoff and some family members further illustrates the lead article, "The John Henry Bischoff Family History," as told to Garnot Bischoff. Other articles are "Mutual Fire Insurance of the German Colonists in the Saratov and Samara Provinces" by Alexander Dupper; "First Dakota Conference German Baptist Church" by Garvin Bertsch; "The German Settlements in the Crimea" by Th. Eisenbraun, translated by Jo Ann Kuhr; "Summary of the Problems Relating to Dialectal and Ethnographical Studies of German Settlements in the U.S.S.R. " (Chapter 1) by Victor Maksimovich Zhirmunskii, translated by Alexander Dupper; Part I of "From the Diary of Walter Burow, My Flight from Siberia," translated by Solomon L. Loewen; "The Volga-German Catholic Village of Josefstal" by Edward R. Gerk; "The Story of Christina Tetz Neff Gourlay" by Flossie Libra; and "Meeting Our Relatives in Brazil" by Ann G. Herrman, as told to Lawrence A. Weigel. Other items include a book review by Adam Giesinger, Luebeck-Kronstadt-Saratow: Schicksalsweg der Wolgadeutschen 1763-1921; "It Will Soon Be too Late!" by Dona B. Reeves Marquardt, Linguistics and Oral History Committee; and "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives," annotated by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 1986) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover features drawings of churches in Oklahoma of four of the present-day faiths of Germans from Russia. This issue commemorates the 17th annual convention in Oklahoma City. Short items include descriptions and pictures with captions. A highlight of the convention was "Weihnachtsfeier," performed by the Oklahoma chapters and presented here in pictures. "In Memoriam" for Anna Kraus Smith appears in this issue. Featured convention presentations include the keynote address, "We're Eighteen! Let's Celebrate Our Achievements!" by Ruth M. Amen; "The Immortal Bond of Family" by Douglas Hale; "Meet the Schwindt Family" by Jo Ann Kuhr (introduction and translation) and Alexander Schwindt; "A Report on Fly the Maple Leaf' Project" by Ronald W. Neuman; " ...Let Him Step to the Music Which He Hears': The Past and Present Dutch Hop Tradition" by Marilyn H. Fletcher; "The Oklahoma Connection of the Germans From Russia" by Ray D. Lau; and "Gratitude: The Memory of the Heart" by Msgr. Joseph A. Stremel. Other items featured are "Statement of Introduction to the Seventeenth International Convention"; International Foundation Reports; International Board of Directors Reports; "Where Next?"; and the Chapter Presidents' Meeting Report.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Winter 1986) VIEW JOURNAL: On the cover and page ii are pictures of the All-Faiths Chapel (part of the Heritage Center, Lincoln, Nebraska), followed by the article "Dedication of the All-Faiths Chapel." Mary Rabenberg reviews the book, The Last Bridge: Her Own True Story. Elvera Ziebert Reuer, and Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck provide annotations for "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives." Other contributions include "Our Trip From Russia to America in 1876" by Heinrich Regier; "Domestic Animals in Volhynia" by A. Kirschner, translated by Irmgard H. Ellingson; "German-Russian Iron Crosses in Texas? Yep, You Bet!" by Lewis R. Marquardt and Dona B. Reeves-Marquardt; "Visiting the German-speaking Mennonites of Cuauhte'moc, Chihuahua, Mexico," by Lauren Wilhelm; Chapter 2 of "Summary and Problems Relating to Dialectal and Ethnographical Studies of German Settlements in the U.S.S.R." by Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunskii, translated by Alexander Dupper; "Christmas, Other Holidays, and Festivals in Volhynia" by Paul Peltz, translated by Irmgard H. Ellingson; Part II of "From the Diary of Walter Burow." "Selbstschutz Self-Defense)," about Mennonite self-defense units during the time of the Revolution, translated by Solomon L. Loewen; the tragedies of a young Mennonite family related in "The Teaching of the Lord" by Johann Siemens; and "The Volost Velikok-nyazheskoye (Kuban Region)," translated by Arthur E. Flegel.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring 1987) VIEW JOURNAL: A picture of the George Reisbick family from York, Nebraska, is on the cover. The lead article is "Kraft: My Birthplace and Hometown as I Remember It" by David R. Schultheiss, which is accompanied by a map of Kraft. Other contributions include: "Treasured Memories," reminiscences of family life in Alt-Elft, Bessarabia, by Bertha Rast Jones; "Grandmother's Dream: My Reality," a poem, by Shirley Keller Halvorsen; "The Organization of the First German Seventh-Day Adventist Church in America and Its Influence" by Adaline Werner Reimche; "Our Forefathers and Family as Told to Me by My Mother" by Theresa Rose Wegner Ennis; the third chapter of "Summary and Problems Relating to Dialectal and Ethnographical Studies of German Settlements in the U.S.S.R." by Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunskii, translated by Alexander Dupper; "Poems to Pauline" translated by Alexander Dupper; "Erwin and His Brother," a chapter from Hertha Karasek-Strzygowski's Wolhynisches Tagebuch, translated by Selma T. Hieb; "Concerning the Naming of German Settlements in South Russia," an article from Heimatbuch der Ostumsiedler 1954, translated by Erika Barton; "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck; "The Roman Catholic Germans of the U.S.S.R.: 1917-1986" by Father Christopher L. Zugger; "Felida [WA] Memories " by Amelia Krieger Werre.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Summer 1987) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover picture shows the Reverend and Mrs. Osipoff with a group of refugees from Russia at the Baptist Church in Harbin, China. It is one of the illustrations for the article "Escape From Russia" by Katie Michelson Melvin. Additional articles: "A Latvian Apostle to the German Lutherans" by Father Christopher L. Zugger; "The Kulaks" by Alexander Dupper; "We Sing Our History" by Lawrence A. Weigel; Book reviews: Texas Country: The Changing Rural Scene reviewed by Richard H. Allen, The Nation Killers, Kolyma, and Harvest of Sorrow reviewed by Rogert Meininger, and Siberian Diary of Aron R. Toews reviewed by Peter H. Rempel; "Summary of and Problems Relating to Dialectal and Ethnographical Studies of German Settlements in the U.S.S.R.," (Chapters 4 and 5) by Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunskii, translated by Alexander Dupper; "Arrangement of Villages and Types of Houses in the German Settlements in Russia," an article from Heimatbuch der Ostumsiedler 1954, translated by Erika Barton; "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck; "Catholic Consecration Festivals in the Catholic Villages on the Volga," article from Heimatbuch der Ostumsiedler 1954, by Adam Weisbeeker, translated by Dona Reeves-Marquardt; "The Kolkhozy in the U.S.S.R. 1918-1939," an article from Heimatbuch der Deutschen aus Russland 1961, by A. Prinz, translated by Jo Ann Kuhr; "Going West," taken from Chicago Daily Tribune; "Kerb Among the Volga Germans" an article from Heimatbuch der Deutschen aus Russland 1961, by Alma Stahf, translated by Donna Reeves-Marquardt; "Autobiography of Friedrich Dorn."  
     
  Journal, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Fall 1987) VIEW JOURNAL: A drawing of Portlandia, the symbol of Portland, Oregon, graces the cover of the eighteenth annual convention issue. In addition to numerous pictures with captions the following addresses are included: "Make It Happen," the keynote address by Selma T. Hieb; "The Portland Community of Russian Germans" by Marie Krieger; "Old Country Folk Songs, Humor, and Memories" by David R. Schultheiss; "My Parents: Their Early Lives and Marriage" by Mary Koch; "Poetic Lines and Musical Rhymes of the Germans From Russia; A Reading and Enquiry of Selected Examples" by Dona Reeves-Marquardt and Lewis R. Marquardt; "Russia Today: A Cross-cultural Experience" by Shirley Keller Halvorsen; "We Honor Our Heritage Through Faith A Story to Tell Choosing Life," meditation by Ervin Hummel. Various reports from the Board of Directors and the International Foundation complete the issue.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter 1987) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover picture showing Wilhelm Drews, Jr., his wife Emma, and their daughter Linda gives further illustration to the articles about Juljanow Boratyn, Volhynia, as does the map on page ii "Homeland for a Time" by Josef Weiss and "My Father Joseph Weiss" by Ewald Weiss, both translated by Leona Janke; "Unsere Eiche", translated by Leona Janke. Other articles: "Two Apostles to the Russian Germans" by Father Christopher L. Zugger; "Map of Europe in the mid-1770s and 1780s" by Irmgard Hein Ellingson; "The Gift of Healing" by Audre Emma Ganske Patel, a family history of a Volhynian family; "History of the Ebenfeld Public School in Marion County, Kansas" by Solomon L. Loewen; "Das Grosse Ein-Mal-Eins"; "Vetter Hannes" by Johann George; "Origin and Growth of the Adventists in Russia: A Historical Survey" by Daniel Heinz translated by Leona Pfeifer; "Song of the Meadowlark," a poem by Dallas D. Zimmerman, "Books and Articles Recently Added to the AHSGR Archives" by Frances Amen and Mary Lynn Tuck.  
     
  Journal, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 1988) VIEW JOURNAL: The cover picture shows the men of the American Volga Relief Society packing bundles of clothing. It illustrates "Relief Work of the American Volga Relief Society in Germany" by Richard Kuehne, translated by Selma Muller. Other articles: "Re