Light in the Darkness: A Story That Took a Half Century to be Told:
The Volga Germans
Vision Video, Worchester, Pennsylvania, 1996, DVD, 52 minutes.
Central North Dakota Library Network
History of the Volga Germans
Here is a moving historical documentary which highlights the spirit
and faith of the Volga German people. These German nationals immigrated
to the Volga region of Russia during the time of Catherine the Great
in pursuit of a dream...the promise of freedom and local self-government
in their newly adopted homeland. In time, these dreams would vanish,
and the promises would prove false.
Joseph Stalin believed that the German Russians, despite their
historical support of the Soviet Union, would not remain loyal to
his regime in the war against Germany. In 1941 they were banished
from their homes and exiled to forced labor camps by the Soviet
premier. Thousands died of starvation and exposure to the frigid
elements; others were put to death by Soviet authorities.
A Light in the Darkness weaves the eyewitness
reports of survivors into a tapestry of heart-wrenching tragedy.
There are stories of families who were torn apart, with loved ones
being sent to different camps. The account of their perseverance
through this horrendous ordeal will encourage and inspire all who
learn about their heroic struggles.
Today, some of these brave people have returned to the Volga Valley.
Others have decided to relocate to Germany in hopes of finding the
Fatherland they had never known. The struggle of the Volga Germans
has not ended. An unshakable faith continues to be an anchor in
their lives...their faith remains A Light in the Darkness.
A Light in the Darkness
DVD is $30.00 plus Shipping & Handling
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