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  Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring 2010)
On the cover: A photograph of
Eduard Janke, a Volhynian German in the Russian army in World War One, seated in the front row center, as prisoner of war in Austria. Articles: “My Father’s Story” by Polly Propp Pratt. Honorable Mention (Adult Division) in the 2009 AHSGR Storytelling Contest; “The Migration of Mennonites to Nebraska: 1874” by James R. Griess; “The Janke Family in Volhynia – and what they had to go through in Russia, Poland and Germany (1860 – 1956)” by Jürgen Erich Janke, Ingelbach, Germany, 2009, as presented at the AHSGR 40th Annual Convention, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, June 15-21, 2009.  PB
  Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Summer 2010)
On the cover: A poster prepared by the White army during the Russian Civil War depicting the slaughter being carried out by Trotsky, Lenin, and the Bolsheviks. Articles: “The Soviet Holocaust” Introduction by James R. Griess; Part I “The Uprising of 1918” by Edmund Imherr, Translated by Joe Gareis; Part II “The Political and Economic Climate of the Stalinist Regime in the 1930s by James R. Griess; Part III “Remembrances of the Displacement of 1930” by E. Sch., Heimatbuch, 1960, edited by James R. Griess, Translated by Cleon Ochsner; Part IV  “The Summary Execution of Perceived ‘Enemies of the People’” by James R. Griess; “Unfulfilled Hopes of a Soviet-German Writer: Dominik Hollmann (1899-1990) by Harry Loewen. 
  Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Fall 2010)
On the cover: The beautiful sandstone sculpture by Pete Felten that graces the front lawn of the Museum of American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Lincoln, Nebraska; the Germans from Russia Pioneer Family that represents our emigrant families. This Journal contains six of the presentations given at the 2010 Annual Convention of AHSGR in Lincoln, Nebraska, August 2010. “A Family Reunion in Siberia” by Allen Salzmann; “GO-The AHSGR German Origins Project: An Introduction and Tutorial” by Dick Kraus; “The Germans of the Volga Region-‘Sons of Israel in Egypt’?”; “The Problem of Preservation of National Identity of Ethnic Germans in the Volga Region and in North America and South America” by Dr. Elena V. Ananyan; “Update on Programs and Activities in Argentina” by Isabel Kessler; “The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia: Its Past, Present, and Future” by James R. Griess.  PB
  Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Winter 2010)
On the Cover
: A photograph of twelve family members, the family of Joan Breit’s mother, Barbara Basgall Urban, Barbara’s husband is George Urban. Articles: The Winners of the AHSGR Annual Storytelling Contest: First Place Winner, “Those Darn Geese!” by Anne M. Stang; Second Place Winner, “A Story of Survival” by Anne M. Stang; Third Place Winner, “Beten Fur Uns – Pray For Us” by Joan Breit; “It’s All Earth and Sky: A Video Documentary” by Dona B. Reeves-Marquardt and Lewis R. Marquardt; “Celebrate: Faith, Family, Tradition” by Jerry McInnis; “In Father’s Home Village – The Bloody Retaliation in Mariental in April 1921” by Emma Rische, Volk Auf Dem Weg, 2009, English translation by Mervin Weiss; “Germans on the Russian-Chinese Border” by Hans Thierbach, Heimatbuch 1965, English translation by Cleon F. Ochsner; “Genetic Genealogy and Medical Screening of Germans from Russia” by Frank Jacobs; “Inaugural Conference on German Russian Studies” Colorado State University Academic Session June 26, 2009, Conference notes written by Lauren Brantner; “‘It is Like an Open-air Museum on Volga German History:’ About a Trip to the Volga German Villages” (an interview with Alexander Spack.) by Tatjana Schell.  PB
  Journal, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Winter 2011).
On the Cover: Alexander Heckmann’s deputy ID card as representative of the Volga German Republic to the Supreme Soviet. Articles: “A Memorial Essay” by Dr. Viktor Krieger, translated by Alex Herzog; AHSGR Storytelling Winners and Honorable Mentions in Adult Division: 1st Place Winner, “The Story of the Schwarze Post” by Richard R. Hoppe; 2nd Place Winner, “In the Dead of Night” by Sheryl Ernst Purol; 3rd Place Winner “The Farm” by Shannon Bickford; Honorable Mentions: “Grandma’s Shoes” by Shannon Bickford; “Great-Grandpa’s Tears” by Patti Sellenrick; “Siberia: Deportation and Survival” by Anne M. Stang; Youth Division: 1st Place Winner, “”Church, Food, Dress, and Family Traditions: My Great-Great-Grandparents’ Wedding” by Victoria “Bailey” Parrish Penner. PB
  Journal, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Spring 2012).
On the Cover: Photo of Catherine the Great in her later years. Articles: “AHSGR to Celebrate 250th Anniversary of the Founding of German Colonies in Russia by James R. Griess; “New Findings about the Immigration to Russia—1766” by Ella Gieg, circa 2008. Translation coordinated by Richard A. Kraus; “My Life as a Soldier” by Conrad Kissler, Translation by Marie Trupp Krieger, June 1994. Originally published in Die Welt Post, February 1932; “Sad Pages of History” by Alexander Spack. Translation by Irina Eccles; “A Genius from the Volga Steppes” by Albert Obholz and Cornelia Schneider Eckert. Translation by Alex Herzog. 
  Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Summer 2012).
On the Cover: Photo of a Black Sea farm compound showing German farmers displaying their prize horses for the camera. This Journal is a Special Edition; a joint project of AHSGR and GRHS. This issue is devoted to articles on “The Economic Contributions of the German Russians to the Imperial Russian Economy” taking us from early settlements of some 300 colonies in the 18th and 19th centuries to 3000 villages by 1914, and the profound effect on agricultural production in the Russian Empire, transforming European Russia into Europe’s “breadbasket.” Industrial pursuits were many, nevertheless all ended when the Bolsheviks, in 1917, seized power. Finally we are brought up to date with Russia, once again, courting Western settlers to revive a farming industry that is ailing in some areas. Will history repeat itself, or will the Putin government’s move toward greater centralization be a sufficient reminder that returning to Russia carries with it many uncertainties?  
  Journal, Vol. 35, No. 3 (Fall 2012).
On the Cover: Illustration of European Russia in early 1763-1773 taken from The Czar’s Germans by Hattie Plum Williams. Articles: Antonino, Kansas: “A Changing Village on the Plains” by Dr. James N. Leiker; “A New Documentary Film: At Home in Russia, at Home on the Prairie” by Dona Reeves-Marquardt and Lewis R. Marquardt, as presented at the 2012 AHSGR convention in Portland, Oregon; “German-Russian Settlements in Canada” by Anne Stang, as presented at the 2012 AHSGR convention in Portland, Oregon; “Return to Voronzovka, 2010 (Michaelstal)” by Dr. Wilhelm G. Doos, as presented at the 2011 AHSGR convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
  Journal, Vol. 35, No. 4 (Winter 2012).
On the Cover: Photograph of a view of Ellis Island with immigrants arriving in America in the foreground; early 1900s. Articles: “Lacquer Bowls and Cedar Baskets: Reflections on the Germans from Russia Northwest Frontier Experience” by Richard D. Scheuerman; “Ellis Island: ‘Gateway to America’” by Jean A. Roth; AHSGR Storytelling Winners and Honorable Mentions in Adult Division: 1st Place Winner, “A Long Way from Rosengart” by Rebecca Epp; 2nd Place Winner, “Gottfried’s Charge” by Robert A. Chesney; 3rd Place Winner, “Christmas in Siberia” by Katrin Schell and Tatjana Schell; Honorable Mention, “Moving on UP at the U.P.” by Barbara Jo Guilford; Honorable Mention, “Finding Ida Lichtenwald Hettinger, a Volga German” by Robert Hahn; Honorable Mention, “Seeking His Own: A Story of My German Russian Family in Early Dakota” by Donald C. Schenk.  PB
  Journal, Vol. 36, No.1 (Spring 2013).
On the Cover: Photograph of
the Ochsner home in Russia, about 1900, as described in the article inside this edition. Articles: “GO—The AHSGR Germanic Origins Project” by Dick Kraus; “Family Aid Society of North Milwaukee of the Volga Deutsche Bund” by Wilhelm G. Doos and Marie L. Korth; “Life on the Ochsner Khutor” by Cleon F. Ochsner; “Researching German Russians in South America” by Susan Hopp Nakaji; “The History of the People in a Biography” by Evgeny Flehmann.  PB 
  Journal, Vol. 36, No.2 (Summer 2013).
On the Cover: Drawing of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia headquarters building in Lincoln, Nebraska; Articles: "Volk auf dem Weg: Transnational Migration of the Russian-Germans from 1763 to the Present Day" by J. Otto Pohl; "One Hundred Years Poiana Micului Today" by Wenzel Hackel; "Verkhnyaya Kulalinka known as Holstein, Verknyaya Galka, and Golstein" Translated and Notes by Dr. Mila Koretnikov; "German Press on the Problems of Public Education in the Volga Area: End of the Nineteenth Century and Beginning of the Twentieth Century" by Nina Vaschkau; "The Family v. Falz-Fein" by A. Prinz.  PB
  Journal, Vol. 36, No.3 (Fall 2013).
On the Cover: Catherine the Great. Articles: "A Manifesto, an Empress, and a People's Odyssey: The Great Adventure Continues", by Timothy J. Kloberdanz, Ph.D; "Life and Fate of the Russian Germans in the 20th Century" by Arkadiy A. German; "The 'German Question' in the Black Sea Region and in Volhynia (1856-1914), by Dietmar Neutatz; "The 'Patchwork' of the Northern Caucasus: the Historical Analysis of the Demographic and the Social Structure of the German Population" by Dr. Tatiana Plokhotnyuk  PB
  Journal, Vol. 36, No.4 (Winter 2013).
On the Cover: A group of young "Messdiener" (Altar boys) in the Volga German colony of Rothammel, Russia. Articles: "The Colonial Reform of 1871 and the Adoption of Universal Military Obligation in 1874: The Beginning of Decline and Anti-German Policies" by Dietmar Neutatz; "Don Germans: History of Colonies before the Revolutionary Events of 1917" by Olga Erokhina, Ph.D. Volgograd; "Easter in Siberia" by Katrin Schell; "Go to a Land I Will Show Thee" by Mary Ruthe Neufeld Carter; "Vanya and the Eleven Horses:A Story from Old Russia" by Harold Benjamin "Ben" Jacques; "The Great Jubilee: How the Volga Germans Celebrated the Founding of Their Colonies" by Maria Appelhans; "Jonn's Journey" by Joan Breit; "From Edenkoben to Worms" by Dr. R. Dale Copsey. PB

Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Spring 2014).
On the Cover: Author Elena Ananyan stands in front of the remains of a German house in Shcherbatovka. Basements and fragments of walls still remind visitors about the long history of the German-Russian colony. Articles: “History of Shcherbakovka Colony” by Dr. Elena Ananyan, translated by  Yulia Tsymbal; “Report of Activities on the Timothy A. Montania Reaserch Projet for Shcherbakovka (Muehlberg)” by Kevin Rupp and Patti Sellenrick; "Russian Germans in ‘The Labor Army’” by Arkadiy A. German; "Celebrating Catherine II’s 1763 Manifesto: An Enduring Legacy 250 Years On: Part I” by Kenneth Rock; “Saratov Region State Archive Documents on the History of Volga Region Foreign Colonists’ Families and Genealogical Inquiries Execution Technique” by Nataliya V. Samokhvalova; "Public Readings of Ida Bender’s Book Help Keep History Alive” by Antonia Domke. PB  


Journal, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Summer 2014).
On the cover: A map of the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (ASSR). The upward arrows indicate Hollmann-Bender family towns: Rothammel (northwest), Marienfeld (southwest), Kamyshin (southwest), and Engels (north). This map accompanies the article “The Life of a Young Volga Woman in Soviet Forced Labor Camps.” Articles: “The Life of a Young Volga German Woman in Soviet Forced Labor Camps” by Alex and Nancy Herzog, translations by Alex Herzog; “Celebrating Catherine II’s 1763 Manifesto: An Enduring Legacy 250 Years On: Part II” by Kenneth Rock; “History of German Colony Neu Balzer from Beginning until Today” by Dr. Elena Ananyan, translated by Yulia Tsymbal.

Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3 - (Fall 2014)
On the Cover: The Music Conservatory in Saratov (1912) in the central square between the Municipal Gardens and the former “German Street” (Nemetskaya Ulitsa) or Kirov Prospect, as it has been known since 1935. The Neo-Gothic roofs and towers of the Music Conservatory are a well-known symbol of the city of Saratov. This photo accompanies the article “Celebrating Catherine II’s 1763 Manifesto: An Enduring Legacy 250 Years On: Part III,” by Kenneth Rock (Page 1). Articles: “Celebrating Catherine II’s 1763 Manifesto: An Enduring Legacy 250 Years On: Part III,” by Kenneth Rock; “The Reiswigs from Walter Fight a Mutant (Gene),” by Gary Reiswig; “The Arrest, Trial and Execution of Jakob Grigorievich Oksner,” by Cleon F. Ochsner; “At the Press Conference of Dr. Heinrich Groth on the Occasion of Resigning from His Leadership Position (Moscow, Russia, December 20, 1993),” translated and edited by Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz

Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Winter 2014)
On the cover: Friedrich and Maria (Beilmann) Karlin were among the earliest Volga German immigrants who came to North America. They settled in Ellis County, Kansas, in 1875. Note Friedrich’s Russian-style boots and the sprig of fresh mint that Maria holds in her left hand. Among the Germans from Russia, mint (especially peppermint) had a wide variety of uses. This photo accompanies the article “Why We Are the Way We Are” by Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and Rosalinda (Appelhans) Kloberdanz (page 1). Articles: “Why We Are the Way We Are: Things Our German-Russian Grandparents Never Told Us,” by Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and Rosalinda (Appelhans) Kloberdanz; “Putting Your Family History in Historical Context,” by Bruce F. Pauley; “North Caucasus—2012,” by Wilhelm G. Doos and Jakob Boger; “An Iron Cross Under My Nose,” by Judy Kaland, co-winner in the 2014 AHSGR Storytelling Contest.


Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring 2015)
On the cover: “The Goddess of Democracy” was established for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. This photo accompanies the article “Soviet ‘Paradise’ Revisited: Genocide, Dissent, Memory and Denial, Part I” by Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz (page 1). Articles: “The German Population of Samara Region,” by Olga Zubova, translation edited by Yulia Tsymbal ; “Germans in the History of Samara Region,” by Olga Zubova, translation edited by Yulia Tsymbal; “The Destiny of the German Colonists during World War I,” by Olga Erokhina, translation edited by Wilhelm Doos and Yulia Tsymbal; “Putting Baby to the Test: How It Was Done in Old Russia,” by Timothy J. Kloberdanz, co-winner in the 2014 AHSGR Storytelling Contest.


Journal, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Summer 2015)
On the cover: Wilhelm G. Doos shot this photo on a road trip from Novosibirsk to Podsosnovo in 1991. Some 45 minutes out of Podsosnovo, they were stuck in mud and had to attach two chains. This photo accompanies the article “Podsosnovo—A Village in Siberia,” by Welhelm G. Doos (page 1). Articles: “Obermonjou: Also Known as Ober-monjour, Ober Monjou, Obermonj. Kivivka, Krivovsk; Today: Krwivovskoye, Marxosvki Rayon, Saratov Region,” by Olga Litzenberger, translated by Alex Herzog; “The Settlement of Bori,” by Alfred Klug, translated and edited by Sophie A. Welisch; “Overview of Materials of Russian Archives on the History of German Colonies in the Russian Empire,” by Olga Erokhina, translation edited by Yulia Tsymbal; “The Road to Canada,” by Sandra Stelter, co-winner in the 2014 AHSGR Storytelling Contest.


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