[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Please recommend a good history book(Dick B.)

Richard Benert benovich at imt.net
Fri Apr 27 17:45:34 PDT 2012

One more book! And this should interest everybody.  Lavern Rippley has 
finished translating Dietrich Neutatz's "Die 'deutsche Frage' im 
Schwarzmeergebiet und in Wolhynien." (The German Question in the Black Sea 
Region and in Volhynia).  I've been hounding AHSGR to get it translated for 
15 years and it's finally done.  There are still some kinks to be ironed 
out, but Jerry Siebert tells me that it should be ready for press later this 
year.  I can guarantee that if we all take it upon ourselves to read this 
book, the level of our online conversations will go up many times over.  It 
treats the "German Question" very broadly--the legal side of it, to be sure, 
but also the cultural and social aspects as well.  He puts qualifications on 
some popular assumptions, so I'm sure that reactions to it will not be of 
the ho-hum variety.  As is evident, I'm excited about this, and I'll put out 
the word as soon as it is out of the press.


From: "Freda Stobaugh" <fredabecker at yahoo.com>
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Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Please recommend a good history book(Dick 

> Dick,
> Thank you! This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for. A 
> couple of others recommended Don Miller's books, including Mr. Miller 
> himself, for which I am very grateful. My ancestors were Lutheran, 
> nonetheless, the Miller books I'm sure have excellent historical accounts 
> that will be relevant to my studies.
> Regards,
> Freda
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> Freda,
> You have now discovered the sad fact that there is a shortage of 
> book-length
> treatments of Germans in Volhynia in English. But there are a few. At the
> top of the list I would put  Kate Brown, "A Biography of No Place. From
> Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland" (Cambridge, 2004).  It deals with 
> all
> the ethnic groups in Volhynia, not just Germans, but for that reason will
> give you a more complete picture than our ethnically-centered approaches
> usually provide.  Another book in English which touches on Volhynian 
> Germans
> in the World War One period is Eric Lohr, "Nationalizing the Russian 
> Empire.
> The Campaign Against Enemy Aliens During World War I." (Cambridge, 2003).
> Also, from AHSGR in Lincoln, NE, you can get Leona Janke's translation of
> Alfred Karasek-Langer and Elfrieda Strzygowski's "Introduction to the
> Legends of the Germans in Volhynia and Polesye" (Posen, 1938).  It appears
> to have been published by AHSGR in 2009, and for Volhynian German culture,
> there's nothing like it.  If the story of German Baptists in Volhynia is 
> of
> interest to you, see Don Miller's two books, "In the Midst of Wolves" and
> "Under Arrest".  The AHSGR Journal has occasionally included articles
> relating to Volhynia, most notably some short pieces about 
> JulJanow-Boratyn
> in Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter, 1987), and of course Ewald Wuschke published
> "Wandering Volhynians" throughout the 1990s, if you can somehow get access
> to them.
> This should give you enough reading for awhile, at least!
> Dick B.
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