Journal, Vol. 04, No. 1 – Spring 1981

Cover: 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.

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