The Catholic colony of
Karlsruhe was settled in the years 1809 and 1810,
and was located in the province of Kherson. It was named by Franz Brittner, Mayor of Liebental at
that time, because most of the colonists came from the the Grand Duchy of
Baden, of which Karlsruhe was the capital.
|As most of the colonists were completely
destitute by Spring, the Crown provided them with everything they needed
to build their homes and begin their crops. Only a very few
colonists had brought along enough money from home.
They began working on building their houses right away, and by winter, most
of them were finished.
|In Konrad Keller's book "The German Colonies in South Russia 1804-1904" he mentions one of the main buildings in the colony was the "lovely Gothic Church." This MASSIVE church still stands today. In the early 1930's, it was desecrated by the Russians, had it's steeple, altars and statues destroyed, and was transformed into a grain storage facility. It is still used for storing grain today.|
|In the early years, the front of the houses usually
had small flower gardens and the main street was lined with trees on
either side. The fruit orchards had been started behind the houses,
but were later replaced with vegetable gardens.
Today, you can still see the trees lining the main road that leads out of town and into Landau, as you can see in the background of this picture.
THE KARLSRUHE MUSEUM
|In September of 2003, I was a member of Schneider LLC Tours for a trip to Ukraine. We had the pleasure to experience this museum, and I had the opportunity to visit with the Director, Antonina Melnitskaya.|
|When we arrived, Antonina was waiting for us with the traditional Welcome Ceremony of a baked loaf of bread with salt in an indent on the top, held in a beautifully embroidered cloth. Everyone was to break off a piece of bread, dip it into the salt and eat it. It was VERY GOOD!!|
an important request:
ANYONE who is researching their families from Karlsruhe, PLEASE send your information to her, along with pictures of your family (or anything else you would like to donate) so she can build exhibits of the various German families that worked so hard to build Karlsruhe.
Our German Heritage is being preserved and remembered through the work of this museum!
|This museum has many interesting exhibits, and is recognized by the Ukrainian government. However, money is always short, and any donations would be appreciated and welcomed!!|
|This is what is left of the
headstone of Peter Stein, and is part of the exibit for Vera Hoff's
Vera and her husband, Richard, had the
opportunity to visit their ancestral villages during the SchneiderLLC's 2002
tour of Ukraine.
|Upon returning back home after the tour, Vera
printed out some family charts, rounded up copies of pictures of her
family, and sent them to the museum in Karlsruhe. This a picture of
how they have worked up a display for Vera's family.
It was ironic while we were looking at the various pictures elsewhere in the museum, that my sister and I found a studio photograph of man and his wife, and they were sitting at the EXACT table, with the EXACT background as the one picture we have of our Grandparents, Christian and Barbara (Bernhardt) Renner!
|Museum picture of Peter Stein and
his wife Marianne Berger.
Our Grandparents, Christian Renner and Barbara Bernhardt.
|The mailing address is:
IF you would like to make a donation to the Karlsruhe Museum, there ARE some problems in getting money sent. They cannot cash checks! It is unwise to send cash through the mail! To wire the money, it will cost both the sender AND the receiver a fee so it is not a feasible solution. If you would like to donate, I am willing to collect the funds and make sure they are delivered in your name to the museum. In this way, the museum would get the most out of your contributions!
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Catholic Beresan Villages
|If you are researching any of the Beresan villages of South Russia and would like to join the BDO listserve (Beresan District of Odessa) which is a private listserve, please contact me for a special invitation or for more information. On this listserve, you'll meet many other members that are researching the same family names as YOURS!!|
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