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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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- Other Names & Spellings
- Yamburg, Yekaterinovka
- German Origins
- — Jamburg, St. Petersburg Province (today Kingisepp, Leningrad Oblast, Russia)
- Earliest known year of German habitation
- Year founded
- Settlement Type
- Catholic*, Jewish
- Current Place Name
- Dniprove, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine
- Current Country
- Early Black Sea colony, founded prior to Tsar Alexander's invitation to settle the Black Sea area. Founded approximately 10 miles south of Dnipropetrovs'k on the Dnieper by 43 families from Frankfurt, Luck and Porkhovo. It was the only settlement in the Soviet Union that spoke with a Bavarian dialect.
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— "German-Russian Handbook," Ulrich Mertens (2010), Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) Publications, https://hdl.handle.net/10365/32028, p. 737
— German Captured Documents, FamilySearch, accessed 9 May 2018, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSVR-Z9XV-9?i=138&cat=979490
— Wikipedia, accessed 9 August 2021, https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%94%D0%BD%D1%96%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B5
— "Ekaterinoslav (Yekaterinoslav)," The Imperiia Project, accessed 23 August 2021, https://imperiia.omeka.fas.harvard.edu/document/709.