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German Russian Villages History
On December 4, 1762, Catherine the Great issued a Manifesto inviting Western Europeans to settle in Russia. However, it was her second Manifesto of July 22, 1763, which offered transportation to Russia, religious and political autonomy, and land that incited many Western Europeans, mostly Germans, to migrate to Russia.
The first wave of migration occurred in the Volga River region beginning in 1764. By the late 1760s, some isolated settlements were already founded in South Russia. Hutterites first settled in Russia in 1770 and Mennonites began to settle in Russia by 1789. Settlements in the Bessarabian and Black Sea regions were being established in the early nineteenth century.
German Settlements & Resettlements
In the mid-nineteenth century, the areas of Volhynia, Crimea, and the Caucasus were being settled by Germans. Beginning in the late nineteenth century and continuing into the first decade of the 1900s, settlements were being founded by Germans in Siberia. Russia had a population of approximately 1.8 million Germans at the end of the nineteenth century.
There were about 3,500 German villages in Russia before 1941 when the Soviet authorities issued a decree resulting in a forced evacuation of the villages and resettlement of villagers to Siberia and the Asiatic Republics (Kazakhstan).
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Hoffnungstal (Glückstal enclave)
- Earliest known year of German habitation
- Year founded
- Settlement Type
- Current Place Name
- Tsebrykove, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine
- Current Country
- Hoffnungstal was considered a part of the Glückstal Colonies in Karl Stumpp's "Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763 to 1862." Because of its close association among the Glückstal colonies, Hoffnungstal was included in the bicentennial book published by the Glückstal Colonies Research Association. The parish that would be formed in 1837 would serve other colonies that were daughter colonies of the Glückstal Mother colonies. This project originally had the colony of Hoffnungstal, its daughter colonies, and chutors grouped together. Further research indicated that they were mixed in the Glückstal enclave. Historical societies and research organizations in the United States in the 1980s separated them into two enclaves, presumably for research purposes. Under the umbrella of this project, they are grouped together as Stumpp had originally documented them.
— 1872 European Russia (Schubert), Retromap, accessed 11 July 2021, http://retromap.ru/1418726_47.147115,30.106658
— Google Maps, Google, accessed 11 July 2021, https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tsebrykove,+Odessa+Oblast,+Ukraine,+firstname.lastname@example.org,30.0692902,10204m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x0:0x0!2zNDfCsDA4JzUyLjEiTiAzMMKwMDYnMTkuOCJF!3b1!8m2!3d47.1478!4d30.1055!3m4!1s0x40c8d68533be354d:0x1aacc1b9b39064ab!8m2!3d47.1469844!4d30.1055485!5m1!1e4
— "German-Russian Handbook," Ulrich Mertens (2010), Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) Publications, https://hdl.handle.net/10365/32028, p. 397
— "The Hoffnungstal Odessa Newsletter," Vol. 11, Issue 2, October 2003, pp. 15-16
— "Kherson," The Imperiia Project, accessed 23 August 2021, https://imperiia.omeka.fas.harvard.edu/document/701.