Tuesday, April 01, 2008

1941: Volga Germans sent to Siberia and other Russian-Germans to Kazakhstan

Yesterday, I gave a lecture on the 1941 deportation of the Russian-Germans to Kazakhstan and Siberia and their subsequent mobilization into the labor army starting in 1942. One interesting thing I noticed is that the Stalin regime deported most of the Volga Germans to Siberia and most of the Russian-German deportees to Siberia came from the Volga region. The Volga Germans constituted over half of the Russian-Germans deported in 1941 and three quarters of them were sent to Siberia versus a quarter to Kazakhstan. In total Siberia received about half the Russian-Germans deported in 1941 and the other half arrived in Kazakhstan. Most of the Russian-Germans deported to Kazakhstan came from the North Caucasus, Ukraine, Crimea, the Kuban, the Moscow region, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Likewise most Russian-German deportees from these regions in 1941 found themselves sent initially to Kazakhstan rather than Siberia. I had not really noticed this geographical division before.


Melanie Collins said...

Are there actual lists of names of these Volga Germans that were sent to Siberia? Thanks, Melanie Collins

margret said...

I would also like to know if there is a list please. thanks, Margret mcparlin@internode.on.net