Volga Germans

The Volga Germans (German: Wolgadeutsche or Russlanddeutsche, Russian: Поволжские немцы, Povolzhskie nemtsy) were ethnic Germans living along the River Volga in the region of southeastern European Russia around Saratov and to the south. Recruited as immigrants to Russia in the 18th century, they were allowed to maintain their German culture, language, traditions and churches: (Lutheran, Reformed, Catholics, and Mennonites). In the 19th and early 20th centuries, many Volga Germans emigrated to the Dakotas and other states in the Western United States, as well as to Canada and South America.

Nazi Germany rose in part on a pan-German appeal, claiming interests in lands where ethnic Germans had been long settled. After the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 during World War II, the Soviet government considered the Volga Germans potential collaborators and transported them wholesale to labour camps, where many died. After the war, it expelled some ethnic Germans to the West. In the late 1980s, many of the remaining ethnic Germans moved from the Soviet Union to Germany.

Read more about Volga GermansCatherine The Great, The 20th Century, Recent Years, North America, South America, Notable People of Volga German Descent

Other articles related to "german, germans, volga germans, volga german":

History Of Germans In Russia And The Soviet Union - Decline of The Russian Germans
... See also SovietGerman relations before 1941#Volksdeutsche in the Soviet Union The decline of the Russian German community started with the reforms of Alexander II. 1871, he repealed the open-door immigration policy of his ancestors, effectively ending any new German immigration into the Empire ... Although the German colonies continued to expand, they were driven by natural growth and by the immigration of Germans from Poland ...
Ethnography Of Argentina - Ethnic Groups - Volga Germans
... Volga Germans arrived in Argentina around 1878, they were ethnic Germans of Russian origin ... Argentina has more than 2.000.000 Volga German descendants ... Most of them speak German as second language and keep many traditions to this day ...
Volga Germans - Notable People of Volga German Descent
... Geim, physicist and 2010 Nobel laureate German Gref, banking executive and politician Gabriel Heinze, football player Oscar Ibañez, football player Chris Isaak, singer, actor Boris ...
Collective Punishment - History - 20th Century
... British forces in the Boer Wars and the Germans in both the Franco-Prussian War and World War I justified such actions as being in accord with the laws of war then in force ... In 1942, the Germans destroyed the village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) killing 340 inhabitants as collective punishment or reprisal for that year's assassination ... inhabitants — men, women, and children — were slaughtered by the German Waffen-SS in 1944 ...
Germans Of Kazakhstan
... The Germans of Kazakhstan are a minority in Kazakhstan, and make up a small percentage of the population ... Most of them are descendants of Volga Germans, who were deported to the Kazakh SSR (now the sovereign state of Kazakhstan) from the Volga German Autonomous Soviet ... After the deportation, Volga Germans, as well as other deported minorities, were subject to imposed cultural assimilation into the Russian culture ...

Famous quotes containing the words germans and/or volga:

    I think that both here and in England there are two schools of thought—those who would be altruistic in regard to the Germans, hoping that by loving kindness to make them Christian again—and those who would adopt a much tougher attitude. Most decidedly I belong to the latter school, for though I am not blood-thirsty, I want the Germans to know that this time at least they have definitely lost the war.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)

    The Volga flows into the Caspian Sea.... Horses eat oats and hay....
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)