Thank you for your interest in the Oregon Chapter of The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR). Our organization is a resource for learning about the rich history and heritage of this ethnic group.
Migrating primarily from the German speaking areas of Western Europe beginning in the 1760's, these colonists settled in many parts of the Russian Empire where they built stable communities, established farms, churches, schools and businesses in their new homeland.
In the late 19th century, many of these ethnic Germans looked to the Americas to find new opportunities, escape political repression and preserve their way of life. By the early 1880's these pioneers were moving west and many made their new homes in the Pacific Northwest. The Germans from Russia became an integral part of the diverse fabric of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
We hope that you will join us to explore the culture, history and heritage of the Germans from Russia and become active in its preservation.
February 21st at 2 p.m.
On 28 August 1941, a government decree abolished the Autonomous Republic of the Volga Germans and banished the German population to Siberia and Central Asia. Many of our relatives remained in Russia when our ancestors came to North and South America and they were subject to this deportation decree. Steve Schreiber has researched the journey of his relatives who remained in the colony of Norka, and will share their story.
This program will be held at The Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University which is located on the third floor of the George R. White Library and Learning Center.
March 19, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Tanja Schell will present on her research of personal letters written between families and friends living in Russia and in the United States during the famines of the 1920s and 1930s.
Tanja grew up in Siberia. Her ancestors had been deported there in 1941 from the Volga German colony of Sewald following Hitler's invasion of Russia. She and her family moved to Germany right after she completed high school. In 2010, Tanja graduated with a Master's degree in English from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University in Munich, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at North Dakota State University where she teaches English composition classes.
Tanja remains in close contact with her friends and family who remain in Russia and Germany.
Last updated January 16, 2016