[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
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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