[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] german russians?
wjmilner at shaw.ca
Thu Feb 10 10:55:33 PST 2011
A funny thing happened when I started researching my mother's side of
the family and discovered she was born in Rovno, Poland. Looking
through Polish history as found in various publications, there wasn't
much, if any, mention of an ethnic German population. Same thing for
Ukrainian history when I found Rovno was a city in post war Ukraine.
I was somewhat confused, but over time I discovered my mother was a
Wandering Volhynian. Other discoveries:
The Partitioning of Poland
German Migration to Volhynia
The Peace Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.
Polish-Soviet War 1919-1920.
The Aftermath of World War 1 and Revolution in Russia
World War 2 and relocation.
Before all of this, I just told my Ukrainian friends my mother was
German speaking, born in present day Ukraine, but was German, not
Ukrainian. She came to Canada with her parents in 1907. Now I just say
they were ethnic Germans because Germany didn't become a country until
1871. Historically, ethnic Germans from Volhynia were Russian and then
Polish citizens until WW 2.
For some additional interest about citizenship visit:
History has a way to focus only on the subject of interest and some of
the people spoken to by Gabrielle held that focus.
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