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The Story of Evaliz Shukar Balan: The White Lamb

By Mela Meisner Lindsay

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1976, 288 pages, softcover.


The title words, "Shukar Balan" and "White Lamb," are one and the same. This is what a tall, dark, and handsome Gypsy fiddler called Evaliz, a blond, sixteen-year-old Russian-German peasant girl, at a wedding dance under the stars in Russia, 1893.

Shukar Balan: The White Lamb is the story of a philosophical father and a son who dreams only of the military — who wants to be a skilled horseman exactly like the Don Cossack. But mainly it is the story of Evaliz, the daughter, who wills her life to be different and who longs for America — that land of liberty and freedom which lies far across the sea. But many things have to happen before her longing is stilled.

Shukar Balan: The White Lamb is the story of all immigration and a glorification of the work of the hands. Through the guileless eyes and heart of Evaliz the reader is made aware of the earth and its fruit. The reader will again be reminded how it feels to be in love: the sudden breathlessness and joy, the restless longing, the inarticulate tenderness, and, above all, the bitter-sweet pain.

The author draws vivid word pictures of life on the wide open steppes of Russia, and later, in the overwhelming New World, Ameri­ca! The White Lamb is a book written from a wise and tender mind by a writer of great depth and understanding.

About the Author

Mela Meisner Lindsay was born of Volga-German parents in Kindsvater Chutor on the Don Artchada in South Russia, near the Don Cossack border. Her father, David Phillip Meisner, was born in Tscherbokowka; her mother, Eva Elisabeth Dietz, in Podtschinnaja (Kratzke). The family came to the United States in the spring of 1905, after the Russo-Japanese War, in which her father served as a soldier of the czar. They settled on a farm south of WaKeeney, Trego County, Kansas.



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