[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] GERMANS FROM RUSSIAN POLAND ACCENTS
okolewe at me.com
Thu Sep 12 07:00:46 PDT 2013
Remember...Prussian is not German but a stolen name of a group of tribes that faded away. Since my Mom was born in the area called West-Prussia,it was war when my Dad , a Schwabian, called her a Kashub. So...all you proud Prussians are really Balts.
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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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