Non-Chapter Activities and Events


Treffen Tuesday is being held at 9:30 AM CST on June
25th, featuring a special guest in Germany with first-hand
experience of the deportation of the Volga Germans to Siberia.
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Next Tuesday you will have a unique opportunity to meet Adam Schell,
a 96-year-old Volga German man born in the village of Seewald. His
life experience has been shaped by the history of all Germans from
Russia in the Soviet Union in the 20th century. Born as the fifth child
of nine children to Pius and Anna Schell, he lived through the famine
of the 1930s, the 1941 deportation of the Volga Germans, and the
consequent persecution and limitation of rights for all Soviet citizens
of German descent. After twenty-five years in western Siberia, he
relocated his family to his Volga German homeland in 1966. He lived in
Frank, Russia until he emigrated to Germany at age 71 in the late 1990s.
Despite the challenges, he never lost his humor and positive attitude.

In this presentation, Adam will discuss various topics related to his
family's history - and their connection to America - and cultural aspects
of German-Russian life, such as typical foods, the tradition of nicknames
(Beinamen) given to families, and more.

During the meeting, he will be supported by his granddaughter Tanja Schell,
who will assist with translation for Adam and his audience. Dr. Tatjana
"Tanja" Schell is a Lifetime AHSGR member and has presented various topics
related to the history and culture of the Volga Germans in Russia on numerous
occasions, both at the AHSGR Annual Convention and also to different chapters.
She has also contributed to sharing the history of her family in the following
publications by the AHSGR Journal:
"Maria's Story." Journal of the AHSGR. Volume 29.4 (2006): 21-25.
"Celebrating Christmas 2006 in Frank, Russia." Journal of the AHSGR.
Volume 30.4 (2007): 16-18. "Easter in Siberia." By Katrin Schell, Journal of
the AHSGR. Volume 36.4. (2013).

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GRHS 53rd International Convention
July 17-20, 2024
The Baymont Inn & Suites
By Windham in Mandan, ND
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