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European Russia
First posted on April 10th 2008

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From the mid 18th to the mid 19th century, German immigrants settled in the region, turning what used to be steppe into farmland. In 1924, the Volga German ASSR was established, carved out of territory which used to belong to Samara and Saratov Gubernia. Capital was Pokrovsk, in 1931 renamed Engels. In 1941 the Volga German ASSR was dissolved, the Volga German population deported, mainly to Siberia.
The territory of the Volga German ASSR was allocated to Saratov Oblast.

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see also History of Russia, USSR

Article Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, Volga Germans, from Wikipedia
Article Wolgadeutsche Republik, from Wikipedia German edition
The Volga Germans
Volga Germans, by Patrice Miller
wolgadeutsche.net, site in Russian, some pages in German
The Volga Germans, a Brief History, from LHM
The Volga Germans, from University of Alberta
DOCUMENTS Historical Population Statistics by Administrative Division : Russia, from : Population Statistics
Flag, from FOTW
Geographic-Administrative Map of the Volga-German ASSR (c. 1920 (!)), from Arwela; from wolgadeutsche.net, dated 1923, site in Russian
Map : German-Russian Volga Area, by Mitch Roll
The Deportation from the Autonomous Republic of the Volga Germans (1941, reports), from Memorial Society, Krasnoyarsk
REFERENCE Fred C. Koch, the Volga Germans (ad from Penn State UP
Publications of American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
Volga German Genealogy Books, from The Volga Germans
Darrel Kaiser Books, from lulu.com

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