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Treffen Tuesday

June 27, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

June – Dr. Mila Koretnikov, “Tracing Our Volga-German Heritage: A Comparative Look at Tours to Ancestral Village in Germany and Russia”


In 2016-2019 the Volga German Tour group – Dr. Mila Koretnikov, Sergey Koretnikov and Dr. Brent Mai, took approximately 250 people from the USA, Canada, and Argentina on tours to the Volga German Colonies of their ancestors in Russia.  Although they planned to expand the tours to Siberia, the current situation in Russia made it impossible to do so.

People continued to ask about future travel and the Volga German Tour group decided to take interested people to their ancestral homes, their German origin homes, in Germany.  In 2022-2023 forty-four people visit their villages of origin in Germany.

Although Mila and her group thought that the tours would be very different from the tours to Russia, they were in for a surprise.  What they found was that the trips to villages in Russia and Germany were more similar than expected.

Join us on June 27, at 2:30 pm as Dr. Mila Koretnikov shares the similarities and differences they found doing numerous tours to both Russia and Germany.


Dr. Mila Koretnikov is a lecturer and coordinator of the Technical English program at the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany, and a lecturer in intercultural communication at the Cooperative University of Baden-Wuerttemberg in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Dr. Koretnikov grew up in Saratov, Russia in a Volga-German family and holds degrees from Saratov State University. She did her post-doc study at the University of Wyoming and taught summer courses for K-12 teachers at Otero Junior College, La Junta, Colorado.

Mila Koretnikov has been doing research in Russian archives for more than 20 years helping hundreds of individuals from the USA, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, and Canada find information on their ancestors. In 2016-2019 together with Dr. Brent Mai she led tours to Volga-German ancestral villages in Russia and starting with 2022 – to Volga-German ancestral villages in Germany.

She has lived in Germany since 2006.


June 27, 2023
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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