[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] German Prussians vs German Russians

Krampetz at aol.com Krampetz at aol.com
Fri Sep 13 19:56:29 PDT 2013

There are two kinds of Germans from Russia too..
    Those that were from Russia (Volhynia) and
    Those from Poland, who gave Russia as their home.  
           -because they  were told they were Russian sometime after 1854(?)
In a message dated 09/12/13 09:40:07 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
hoeserhistory at aol.com writes:

My  four German grandparents all settled in the Dakotahs.

Two of my  grandparents' families were from Prussia, one from Russia, and 
one from  Switzerland. As late as the 1940s, I remember both Prussian 
families telling  their girls that they could NOT date those Russian boys! The 
"German" families  did not want to mingle with the "Russian" families. Not at 
barn dances, not at  church. 

The German Swiss family? They didn't want their children to  date either 
Russians OR Norwegians!! One of their sons loved a Norwegian, and  the Swiss 
parents would NOT let them marry. They ultimately did, but had to  separate 
at the court house. 

When my German Swiss grandfather wanted  to marry my German Russian 
grandmother, the parents again tried to intervene.  This time it didn't work. The 
couple left SD to farm in ND, where they lived  happily ever after until 

And then my mother did it. She married  a German from Russia, which was 
generally frowned upon in ND even in the  1930s. She often times insulted him 
for his background, but pretty much lived  happily ever after.

Me? I married a half German, some French, rest  Scotch/English/Irish with 
maybe even a little Am. Indian in there -  60  years ago, so guess we lived 
"happily ever after". :) Our children skipped  school on "Family Tree" days!

hoeserhistory at aol.com

These stats may not be interesting to all,  but I found them quite 
interesting myself: 
I recently read that ND and SD  had more Germans settlers than any other 
states with MN not too far behind.  Today, South Dakota is 40% German, and 
southern central part of North Dakota  was known as "the German-Russian 
triangle". North Dakota registered the  highest number percentage of German 
immigrants in 1910 for the mid states at  18  percent.
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