Germans from Russia documentary receives coveted Aurora Award
A documentary produced in cooperation with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection at North Dakota State University Libraries recently received accolades. “At Home in Russia, at Home on the Prairie,” the seventh documentary of the Germans from Russia series, received the Platinum Best of Show Award in the historical category from the Aurora Awards.
Only 27 documentaries in the country received the award, which is the highest the group presents for a television documentary. The Aurora Awards is an independent and international film and video competition for commercials, cable programming, documentaries and industrial, instructional and corporate videos.
The documentary was produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting in cooperation with the NDSU Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection. Michael M. Miller, director of the NDSU Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, and Bob Dambach, director of television at Prairie Public Broadcasting, were the executive producers. Dambach received the announcement of the award on Jan. 28.
“This documentary shares the life of the Germans from Russia living in South Russia and their life after journeying to the prairies of the Northern Plains,” Miller said. “It has been a rewarding and enriching experience working with Prairie Public Broadcasting to produce these award-winning documentaries.”
One of the featured persons interviewed in the documentary is the late Helen (Feist) Krumm who lived at Hague (1920-2009). Helen was born in Stassburg, Kutschurgan District, South Russia (today near Odessa, Ukraine). In 1944 during World War II, with her family she had to flee southern Ukraine to Germany. She immigrated to Hague in 1951 from Germany.
Dr. Lewis and Dr. Dona- Reeves Marquardt, Austin, Texas, were the researchers and scriptwriters for “At Home in Russia, At Home on the Prairie.” Lew Marquardt is a native of Linton.
More information about the documentary, as well as DVD ordering information, is available at http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/tapes/kutschurgan.html. The DVD is available at the Emmons County Record for $30 plus tax. Shipping is $5.
NDSU Libraries’Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is a privately funded, specialized archive located in NDSU’s Main Library. Since its inception in 1978, it has become one of the most comprehensive collections of German-Russian resources in the world. Its mission is to collect, document, preserve, exhibit, translate, publish, promote and make accessible resources on the culture, history, folklore, textiles and clothing, and foodways of Germans from Russia. The collection’s focus is Bessarabian, Black Sea, Crimean, Dobrudscha and Volhynian Germans and their descendants in North Dakota and the Northern Plains.
For further information, go to www.ndsu.edu/grhc.