The Germans From Russia: Who are the Germans from Russia?

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The Germans from Russia have a unique heritage of immigration, first from German to Russia, then from Russia to America.  The story of the hardships of their migrations, and their lives on the steppes and on the prairies, is told.

Catherine II, a German-born princess, ascended to the Russian throne in 1762.  She issued a manifesto offering free lands along the Volga River to European settlers, along with exemption from military service.  What followed was a great wave of immigration of German settlers into Russian lands, with more than 3,000 German villages established.

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Bob Dambach (Producer); Dave Geck )Videographer)


The Germans From Russia. Prairie Public Broadcasting (1999)

Grade Level

2 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies, Science

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