The oldest German village in Siberia has turned 120 Alexandrowka looks back on an exciting history. A German village in the Omsk region - the hometown of Alexander Wormsbecher (1914-2007), teacher, painter and passionate amateur historian. With great dedication and love for details Alexander Wormsbecher documented the history of his hometown. In 1993, in time for the 100th anniversary of Alexandrovka, he presented his book "A German Village in Siberia". The next 20 years brought some tough rehearsals for both the village and the country itself. In these 20 years there have been many changes in the lives of the villagers, because it was mainly the rural area that was particularly affected. More than 20,000 villages have disappeared from the map of Russia forever, another 47,000 are close to it, because there live on average under ten people, mostly seniors. 120 years are a long time for every village in Russia. The longer she is for a Siberian village, which successfully fights the hopeless statistics.
The full Alexander Wormbecher´s book, in bilingual edition –German and Russian – is published online at:
Page 43: List of people affected by repression at different times (according to the villagers) -full list in the book
Page 44: List of rehabilitated persons (according to the 1991 Rayon newspaper)
Page 59: 2/.08.141 Deported list of people from the village Hussenbach of the Frank Rayon of the ASSR of the Volga Germans. They were the following names:
Page 66/70: List of the Trudarmists (according to memories of the inhabitants), 325 surnames listed.
“Successful cultivation of cereals in Siberia
The German village of Alexandrovka, located near Omsk, is 100 years old. Until the 1990s, the Siberian steppes in Russia were considered unsuitable for growing cereals. Mainly for lack of rainfall. But the land crisis in the central part of the Reich had the governing body revise this view. Behind the Urals, a commission was sent by the Tsarist Government, which came to the conclusion that cereals can also be cultivated in Siberia. And peasants moved to the east ... Among the first settlers there were also some German families in Omsk county. In the summer of 1893, they founded a village on the shores of Kos-Kol Lake (Kosch-Kul), which they called Alexandrowka. The anniversary of the village was solemnly celebrated on a grand scale. The preparations had taken a long time, every little thing was considered. The administration of the German National Association of Azov was not stingy with labor or money. After all, it was about the first German village on the Omsk soil. As scheduled, a stadium was completed in 105 Alexandrowka, erected a memorial and opened a museum. Alexander Wormsbecher, the painter who has lived here since 1941 and taught for years at the local school, wrote a chronicle of the village. She appeared in Omsk in German and Russian. The hundredth anniversary of Alexandrovka was dedicated to a number of the district newspaper "Your newspaper" and an edition of this newspaper only in German. The largest part of the latter - around 4000 copies - was sent to Germany with the help of the VDA. And now the party ... Among the guests were representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany. Susanne Richards from the UK. Guests from Omsk and other villages of the county and area were not counted. In the central street of the village rejoiced, hustle and bustle, cheerfulness. The offer at the stalls could be seen. In the culture house ran a video about Alexandrowka. Athletes measured their strength in the stadium. It came to memorable encounters. Five families of the former Alexandrovka arrived with their own cars from Germany for a party. Some reached their former home village by air. Especially since one month the route Omsk - Orenburg - Hannover works. Of course, her skills were shown by amateur artists. The teenagers swung the dance leg. Two jet planes performed aerobatics above the village, parachutists landed on the stadium. That was probably the pinnacle of the festival, which ended with fireworks. New Life newspaper, 1993” (from pages 104/105)
Google translated pages 104/105
Pages 150/155: immigrants list, listed by year
Much more info about Alexandrowka, and a great photo album, at the prementioned link.