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Germans from Russia documentary receives Aurora Award

A documentary produced in cooperation with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection 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. 

The honor is the highest award the group presents for a television documentary. Only 27 documentaries in the nation received the award in 2012. 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. 

“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.” 

More information about the documentary, as well as DVD ordering information, is available at

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