|New book on Soviet collectivization published|
Ron Vossler's eighth book, "Wedding in the Darkness," has been published.
Subtitled "Three Accounts from Collectivization and the Great Terror, 1928-1938," the book draws on several hundred hours of survivor interviews, along with secret police reports, and numerous personal letters sent from Soviet Ukraine to the Dakotas in the 1930s.
The author, a senior lecturer in the English Department, and a recent appointee to the International Commission of the Ukrainian World Congress, draws on some of the same material as his film "We'll Meet Again in Heaven," one of an award-winning series that has premiered on Prairie Public Television.
The picture that emerges from these accounts is the manner in which Marxist tactics, including formation of Committees of the Poor, were instrumental in the wholesale repression in the ethnic German villages in the former Soviet Union.
Vossler's next research trip to Ukraine in May 2008 will focus in part on the role of the self protection units from German villages in the mass murder of Jews in 1941-1942 -- which is part of the focus of his next book, "German Ghosts."
Michael Miller, director and bibiographer, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Library, P.O. Box 5599, 1201 Albrecht Blvd.,
Fargo, N.D. 58501-5599, or e-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu
-- Ronald Vossler, Senior Lecturer, English, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-218-779-68