Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Guten Morgen! Today is Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dr. Nina Vaschkau, who chairs Russian History at Volgograd State University in Russia, is a major presenter at the International Convention of Germans from Russia this week in Casper, Wyoming.

The convention opened yesterday (Monday, 7/28) at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. The week-long gathering is a rare joint session of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (Bismarck, ND) and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Lincoln, NE). The convention concludes Sunday, August 3rd. About 680 persons have registered so far.

Dr. Vaschkau, a graduate of Chelyabinsk State University, has been a professor at Volgograd State University since 1985. Her message to the Casper group is entitled Deportation of Russian Germans in 1941 and Its Consequences. Her remarks are scheduled for 11:45 a.m., this Thursday (7/31) during the Foundation Luncheon in the Ballroom of the Parkway Plaza.

Nina Vaschkau earned her Ph. D. in 1984. In 1998, she defended her dissertation – Spiritual Culture of the Volga Germans: Problems of Schools and Education -- for a History doctorate at Saratov State University. In addition to chairing the Russian History program at Volgograd University, she is a member of the Russian-German Board on Modern History and serves as Head of the Center of Studies in German History at Volgograd University. She has authored more than 80 publications, including four monographs, based on materials from archives in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Saratov, Volgograd, Bonn, Freiburg and Stuttgart. Dr. Vaschkau has been doing research in the area of the history of Russian Germans for more than 20 years. She has a daughter, a senior at the Law School of the Russian State Humanities University in Moscow.

In addition to her Thursday luncheon address, Dr. Vaschkau will also present a workshop on how to restore a family historyHistory of a Colony. It will be offered at 2:00 p.m., Friday (8/1) in the Tiffany Room of the Parkway Plaza Hotel. It will be repeated Saturday (8/2) at 2:00 p.m. in the American Room.

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