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Germans from Russia collection director to work on documentary in Argentina

Michael M. Miller, director of the NDSU Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, is scheduled to travel to Argentina Sept. 22-Oct. 17, for final filming and interviews for a documentary on Germans from Russia in South America

The documentary will be produced in partnership with Prairie Public Broadcasting. Miller will travel with Bob Dambach, director of television, and videographers Barb Gravel and Dave Grant.

Miller will be involved with interviews conducted in English and German. He and Dambach visited southern Brazil in April for filming and interviews, including families of Bessarabian, Black Sea, Mennonite, Volga and Volhynian German ancestry. In Argentina, they will film persons of Volga, Mennonite and Black Sea German ancestry.

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, many Germans from Russia immigrated to South America, especially to Argentina and southern Brazil. At the same time, other German-Russian families immigrated to North and South Dakota and the Northern Plains. As a result, many of these Germans from Russia in Argentina and Brazil have relatives in Canada and the United States.

“The story of the Germans from Russia community in South America will unfold in this documentary project,” Miller said, noting it will be the eighth documentary of Prairie Public’s award-winning Germans from Russia series, and will premiere in 2015.

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