Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1 – Spring 2000

over: Maps from the New Encyclopedic Atlas and Gazetteer of the World.


The Gross and Schmidt families of Kansas reunited with their family in Russia after 120 years of separation in “Against the odds: A Family Reunited” by Gerald F. Schmidt. These families originated in Mariental and Katharinenstadt in the Volga Valley of Russia.

“Memorable Events in the History of the German Colonies in Bessarabia” by Adreas Widmern, translations by Joseph Stach and Frederick Bolgert

“One of Ours Essays on the Cultural History of the German Autonomy on the Volga, Eminent Men of Culture: George Dignes” by Elizabeth M. Ierina; translated by Max Maximov

“From the Days of Suffering by the the German Volga Colonies” by Friedrich Bier and Alexander Schick, translated by Herman G. Rempel

“Introduction: About the German Heritage on the Volga” by Dr. Karl Esselborn

“Bolshevism, Crop Failute and Famine” by Friedrich Bier

“The Return of the Great-Grandchild” by Alexander Schick

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