[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] GERMANS FROM RUSSIAN POLAND ACCENTS
okolewe at me.com
Thu Sep 12 06:45:03 PDT 2013
Prussian...not. German. Baltic tribes exterminated by the brothers of the cloth...Teutonic Order...after the Crusades.The DNA markers of the Prussians would be interesting.I think they faded into the back woods of White Russia and Lithuania.
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On Sep 12, 2013, at 8:27 AM, DANWWAGNER at aol.com wrote:
> A short question with a long wind up.
> My father's father was an ethnic German, Lutheran, raised in Volhynia:
> Gustav Wagner, born 10 May 1885 in Redufka. The family spent several
> generations in Volhynia, mostly living in Roschischtsche. Some family members
> (including my grandparents) left Volhynia for Elsenau (then in Germany) in the
> late 1890's or the 1910's. Elsenau is a manoral village east of Berlin in
> present-day Poland. I suspect that Elsenau, or nearby Loosen, was the
> Wagner's ancestral home before the migration to Russian-occupied territory in
> the late 1700's (yes, that early). My father was born in 1915 in Chicago
> just one year after his parents immigrated from Elsenau, and Dad learned
> German at home.
> My father used to make a point of telling me that he pronounced "ich" like
> "ish." I think he went on to explain that his pronunciation came from
> Prussia. Does that tell us anything? Prussian dialect, low German, Volhynia
> dialect? What little German I learned was in high school. Anyway, "ish"
> is just one tiny detail, but it's stuck in my memory for decades.
> Thanks. Dan Wagner
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