Treffen is a German word meaning to meet or a meeting. Treffen Tuesdays provide an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the culture, history and experiences of the Germanic people who migrated to Russia (areas of the former Soviet Union) in the 18th and 19th century, and their descendants.

Treffen Tuesday is held the last Tuesday of the month. Presentations cover a variety of topics from researching German Russian families, archiving and preservation of treasures, famous Germans from Russia to the deportation of all Germans from Russia in the 1940’s – and much more.

The presentations are held virtually via Zoom at 5:30PM central time. Treffen Tuesday is open to all, but pre-registration is required. Announcements of upcoming topics and pre-registration information are sent to AHSGR members and posted on and social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

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For the Germans who remained in Russia by the 1930s, collectivization forced them to give up their farms to the state. This became yet another horror of communist rule. Unfortunately, more misery was to come, as the manmade crop failure and resulting famine killed millions of people in 1932 & 1933, including many Germans. Garman will tell the story of this tragedy and how it affected our German ancestors left in Russia.

This presentation details the history of the Holodomor 1931 to 1933 in Ukraine and other parts of the USSR. It is told from the perspective of the Germans who lived through the tragedy.

The following topics will be presented:
• Forced Farm Collectivization in the Soviet Union
• Russian politics and Joseph Stalin’s rise to power
• Causes of the Holodomor famine
• Letters from Germans to the new world during the 1930s
• How the Soviets suppressed news and information of the famine
• Long term effects on Germans left in Russia

• Anne Applebaum, Red Famine, New York: Doubleday, 2017.
• Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands, New York: Basic Books, 2010.
• Stephen Kotkin, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941, New York: Penguin Books, 2017.
• Elena Osokina, Stalin’s Quest for Gold, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2021.
• Ronald J. Vossler, We’ll Meet Again in Heaven, Fargo, ND: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, 2001.
• Mr. Jones, directed by Angieszka Holland, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2019

• AHSGR Letters from Hell series
• GRHS Letter Archive
• Harvard University Great Famine Project:
• Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC), University of Alberta:

Wayne Garman grew up on a mixed farm southeast of the town of Allan, Saskatchewan, Canada, a predominantly Germans from Russia town near Saskatoon in central Saskatchewan. Both of his parents were descendants of Germans from Russia. His father’s family came from the villages of Elsass and Strassburg of the Kutschurgan region northwest of Odessa. His mother’s family is Mennonite, and came from the Chortitza region, northeast of the Black Sea, from the village of Neu Chortitza. History has always been one of Wayne’s interests. Upon semi‐retirement, he completed a Masters of History degree from Texas State University. Historical research and writing are his retirement career.



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