Volga German Postal History


The Post-Rider was a publication of the Canadian Society of Russian Philately.

Now defunct, the organization published amazing articles dealing with Volga German postmarks and postal history.

Those archives and articles are available online.  Here is a link to the various editions that covered this fascinating topic:

Vol.8, p50 http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076781/0000…h=post-rider

vol.9, p56 http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076781/0000…h=post-rider

vol.12 p.37 http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076781/0001…h=post-rider

vol.53, p. 70 http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076781/0005…h=post-rider

vol.54, p.97 http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076781/0005…h=post-rider

vol.55, p.71 http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076781/0005…h=post-rider


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Klemens: Index


Published in Saratov, Klemens was the official newspaper of the Diocese of Tiraspol.

As an addendum to the newspaper, was an index, published on a yearly basis.

Available are indexes for 1897 to 1907/08, in pdf format here.

Researchers needing access to this publication can find microfilm copies at the archives at the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR).

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Clemens Blatt: 1924


One of publications for those Volga Germans and other “Russlanddeutsche”, was the monthly “Clemens Blatt”. It was named in honour of Saint Clemens, the saint whose name was featured in the Catholic Cathedral in Saratov, the head of the entire Diocese of Tiraspol. The main editor was Father Nikolaus Maier, a Volga German priest who had successfully escaped from Russia, and was published in Berlin.

Subscribers were all over the world, in the USA, Canada and in Argentina.

Sadly, it lasted just one year. But it features articles of historical value for those with Volga German heritage.

You can download the entire year here.


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German village of Semenovka in the Caucasus (Kavkas)

This is an article from 1900 that details the history of the German village of Semenovka, in the Caucasus area of Russia.

Many of the original settlers of this village were Volga Germans.

It’s old Russian…perhaps someone will be able to translate it?


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A German language newspaper, produced to track the many German refugees in the from the First World War and the early 1920’s was “Heimkehr”.


Later on, in the 1920’s, this newspaper had an insert: “Mitteilungen des Vereins der Wolgadeutschen”.

This section dealt with the arrival of many Volga Germans to various refugee camps in Eastern and Western Europe.

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Many of these articles have been translated and are available at:

Heimkehrlager at Frankfurt/Oder

For those interested, here is a link to the pdf scans of the publication.


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Das Wolga Journal

Das Wolga Journal Doctor Valentin Rothermel, and the Wolga-German Aid Society (based in Chicago), in the 1920’s and 1930’s, published a periodical called “Das Wolga Journal” (aka The Volga Journal)

There were regular articles from Russia, news from the Volga, as well as documentation on how the Volga German community in North America was working to preserve their culture and heritage.

Does anyone have access to copies of this publication? AHSGR has some of them, but it would be great to track down additional copies. Please advise and contact us. Thanks!

Those involved in the publication, including “Agents”, those who promoted sale of the publication, as found in the pages of “Das Wolga Journal”, were:

Jakob Klein (Publisher)
Robert Klein (Business-Mgr)

Volga German Benefit Association of Chicago

Dr. V. Rothermel (Editor)
Alex E. Heinze (Business-Mgr)
Fred Ritter (President)
Henry Rusch (Secretary)

John S. Sinner, Portland, Ore
Georg Miller, Newark, New Jersey
A.W. Beisel, Loveland, Colorado
H.P. Stetz, Fresno, California
Heinrich Heinze, Maywood, Illinois
Conrad Okell, Maywood, Illinois
Henry Franz, Maywood, Illinois
Adolf Rohr, chicago, Illinois

Wolga-Deutscher G.U. Verein, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Phil Lichtenwald, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
David Feil, Macklin, Saskatchewan
Jakob Kreis, American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin

Maybe someone connected to these families might have old copies available?

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Brüder in Not!

Brüder in Not!In the 1930’s, specifically around 1933, famine raged along the Volga.

Soviet officials refused to acknowledge the disaster, making it one of the many crimes against humanity that communism is known for.

As famine raged, Volga Germans all over the world received letters from their loved ones begging for money…any help at all.

Documentation was published, claiming that thousands of letter have been received bi aid organizations in Germany.

One of those groups published a pamphlet, entitled “Brüder in Not!”.

There is a scan of that article here.

Also of note is an article that appeared in Die Welt Post, also from 1933.


Information can still be researched at the Ecclesiastical Archive Centre in Berlin. Here is a link to the material they have on the topic of the Volga famine in the 1930’s.

Perhaps someday, someone will be able to explore the treasure trove of information, still held in German archives.


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