Dr. Eric Schmaltz speaks at Founder's Day meeting

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Dr. Eric Schmaltz speaks at Founder's Day meeting

April 20, 2010

 Dr. Eric Schmaltz
Dr. Eric Schmaltz

On Saturday, April 17, Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, spoke at the annual Founder’s Day Meeting to members of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) in Oklahoma City.

More than 40 people attended this gathering.

His presentation was titled “The Long Trek: From the Black Sea to the Warthegau.” It focused on the Third Reich’s mass evacuation of 350,000 ethnic Germans from Nazi-occupied Soviet Ukraine to Nazi-annexed Poland in 1943 and 1944 near the end of World War II. Though most of these refugees faced repatriation as Soviet citizens to the remote special settlements of exile in Soviet Siberia and Central Asia at the end of the war, some of them were able to remain in the western Allied occupation zones of Germany.

A number of Schmaltz’s extended family relatives survived this traumatic experience and eventually made their way as Displaced Persons (DP’s) to the United States after the war.

Schmaltz wishes to express his appreciation to the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the AHSGR for their kind reception, especially Mr. and Mrs. Duane and Marianne Long of Edmond.

-NW-