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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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Neu Beresina (Glückstal enclave)
- Other Names & Spellings
- Neu Berezina, Malaya Siminovka, Siminovka, Zamanovka
- Earliest known year of German habitation
- Year founded
- Settlement Type
- Current Place Name
- Malozymenove, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine
- Current Country
- 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 with an independent Reformed parish called Hoffnungstal. 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 Karl Stumpp had originally documented them in "The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763 to 1862." Colonies that were known to a part of the Hoffnungstal parish are so noted along with all other known parishes.
— Google Maps, Google, accessed 8 September 2017, https://www.google.com/maps/place/Malozymenove,+Odessa+Oblast,+Ukraine,+email@example.com,30.1937028,2214m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x0:0x0!2zNDfCsDAyJzUyLjEiTiAzMMKwMTInMjQuNSJF!3b1!8m2!3d47.0478!4d30.2068!3m4!1s0x40c8d001c05e3ac7:0xd3a03a24a23c72d0!8m2!3d47.0468243!4d30.2068689?hl=en
— "German-Russian Handbook," Ulrich Mertens (2010), Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) Publications, https://hdl.handle.net/10365/32028, p. 544
— "The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America: A Bicentennial Collection of History, Genealogy and Folklore," Homer Rudolf, editor (2004), p. 152-153.
— "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.