As my son’s worked to earn their genealogy Merit Badge they learned a lot about our family and as politically incorrect as it sounds, Our People.
My dad has become a real student of our family history, he has spent the better part of 2 decades researching, studying, and collecting information on our family and the heritage that it has. For us it is not just about the family, but a people that collectively made up the community in which our family worshiped, worked, and raised generations.
There is an organization called the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
. They are a people that have a long and rich history, that many are unfamiliar with. Locally, Concordia University has dedicated a large library and research center for the AHSGR.
Places like this are great opportunities for Scouts to learn about their genealogy.
Having said that.. another less known historical fact, this event in history had a major effect on my family.
Today is “Remembrance Day”, when 70 years ago Dictator Joseph Stalin effected the mass Deportation of 1.3 Million Ethnic Germans living in Russia. In 1941 he began the Mass Deportation of our people to Labor camps in Siberia and Central Asia.
The “Volga Germans, Unserer Leute” (Our People) were interned or murdered in 1941, few made it to the Gulags.
Jakob, Georg, Adam and Philipp Schleining were Killed on 15 Feb 42 in our Ancestral village of Norka, along with hundreds more of our relatives and Neighbors.
”Remember Us” were the watch word they left us in letters, messages and pleas as they were deported; “Denken sie daran uns”. (Remember us).
Help your Scouts know their heritage.
Have a Great Scouting Day!