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Famine Letters
The National Convention of the American Volga Relief Society in Portland, Oregon, June 1924
Volga German famine victims in Marxstadt (1921)
Many letters were written to family members in North America during the 1920s and 1930s famines in Russia. Below is a collection of these letters published in Die Welt-Post (The World Post), a German language newspaper originally established in Lincoln, Nebraska and later published in Omaha, Nebraska. Die Welt-Postwas read by many Volga German families.

Die Welt-Post newspaper articles are on microfilm and held by AHSGR in Lincoln, NE. The papers have been indexed by Samuel D. Sinner in his booklet Letters from Hell published by AHSGR in 2000. In order to obtain the original articles, one must buy Sinner's Index and then order the individual articles. The articles are not indexed by surname. They are indexed by village.

Sinner's documented research shows that between 1915 and 1949 approximately one million ethnic Germans died in Russia and the Soviet Union. During each of these decades, the Soviet authorities murdered about one-fourth to one-third of the entire ethnic-German population. The Letters from Hell publication includes a discussion about the period, including what was known outside of the Soviet Union about the genocide, how the non-communist world overlooked what was occurring, and how this horrible nightmare became a forgotten past. The complete discussion is found in the Letters from Hell booklet which can be purchased from the AHSGR.

Letters From 1922
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 2, 1922 (Wiesenmüller)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 2, 1922 (Norka)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 2, 1922 (Walter)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 2, 1922 (Hussenbach)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 2, 1922 (Kratzke)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 2, 1922 (Frank)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 2, 1922 (Frank)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 16, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Kutter)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Grimm, Kutter)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Kutter)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Franker Chutor)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Frank)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Frank)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Saratov)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Franker Chutor)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 27, 1922 (Strassburg)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, May 25, 1922 (Balzer)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, May 25, 1922 (Gnadentau)
  • Die Welt Post, Thursday, May 25, 1922 (Moor)
  • Die Welt Post, Thursday, May 25, 1922 (Kratzke)
  • Die Welt Post, Thursday, May 25, 1922 (Hildmann)
  • Die Welt Post, Thursday, May 25, 1922 (Friedenfeld)
  • Die Welt Post, Thursday, May 25, 1922 (Bangert)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Tzaritzin, Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Constantinople)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Frank)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Krasnoyar)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Reinhard)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 8, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt Post, Thursday June 15, 1922 (Dönhof)
  • Die Welt Post, Thursday June 15, 1922 (Messer)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, July 13, 1922 (Wiesenmüller)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, July 13, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, July 13, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, July 13, 1922 (Various Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, July 16, 1922 (Orlovskaya)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 10, 1922 (Frank)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 10, 1922 (Balzer)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 10, 1922 (Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 10, 1922 (Frank)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 10, 1922 (Frank, Walter)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 24, 1922 (Wiesenmüller)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 24, 1922 (Berlin)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 24, 1922 (Samara, Various colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 24, 1922 (Mannheim)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 24, 1922 (Katharinenstadt, Boaro)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 24, 1922 (Saratov)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 31, 1922 (Wiesenmüller)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 31, 1922 (Kamyschin)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 31, 1922 (Lauwe)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 31, 1922 (Laub)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 31, 1922 (Brunnental)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 31, 1922 (Rosenheim)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 31, 1922 (Kukkus)
  • Die Welt-Post, August 31, 1922 (Huck)
  • Die Welt-Post, September 7, 1922 (Frankfurt an der Oder)
  • Die Welt-Post, September 7, 1922 (Frank)
  • Die Welt-Post, September 7, 1922 (Kutter)
  • Die Welt-Post, September 7, 1922 (Walter Chutor)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, November 16, 1922 (Norka)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, November 16, 1922 (Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, November 16, 1922 (Frank)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, November 16, 1922 (Multiple Colonies)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, November 16, 1922 (Walter Chutor)
  • Letters From 1923
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, January 11, 1923 (Brunnental)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, January 11, 1923 (Neu-Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, January 11, 1923 (Bohn)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, January 11, 1923 (Jost)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, January 11, 1923 (New York)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 8, 1923(Frank Chutor)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 29, 1923(Wiesenmüller)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 29, 1923(Walter Chutor)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 12, 1923 (Wiesenmüller)
  • Die Welt-Post, June 30, 1923(Laub)
  • Letters From 1924
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, April 3, 1924 (Norka)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, August 14, 1924 (Schulz)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, August 14, 1924 (Wiesenmüller)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, September 11, 1924 (Wiesenmüller)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, September 11, 1924 (Brunnental)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, September 11, 1924 (Frank?)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, September 11, 1924 (Schilling)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, September 11, 1924 (Kolb)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, September 11, 1924 (Brunnental)
  • Letters From 1925
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 11, 1925 (Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 28, 1925 (Beideck)
  • Letters From 1932
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, February 4, 1932 (Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, February 4, 1932 (Maikaduk)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, February 4, 1932 (York, Nebraska)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, February 4, 1932 (Lauwe)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, July 29, 1932 (Norka)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, September 1, 1932 (Walter)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, September 1, 1932 (Grimm, Kutter)
  • Letters From 1933
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 4, 1933 (Norka)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, July 20, 1933 (Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, August 10, 1933 (Dönhof, Kautz)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday October 18, 1933 (Dönhof, Norka)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, October 18, 1933 (Dönhof)
  • Letters From 1934
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, January 18, 1934 (Dönhof)
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, January 18, 1934 (Frank Chutor)
  • Letters From 1936
  • Die Welt-Post, Thursday, June 20, 1936 (Brunnental)