& RECORDING the
HISTORY of the GERMANS FROM RUSSIA
and the GERMAN-RUSSIAN VOLGA COLONIES
Religion played, and still plays a very important
part of the Rural German life. How important was Religion and how did it affect the daily lives of the people
of the German-Russian Volga Colonies?
lived in the small, rural farming
Hoppachshof, Kreis Schweinfurt,
for a little over two years. When I first arrived, I attended their annual
community church party. Everyone in the village comes, and I do mean everyone.
It was a great way to get to know the local people. In polite conversation, I
was asked, "what religion are you?" It got kind of quiet around the table
while they all waited for my answer. I replied that I was born and baptized a
Lutheran. Dead Silence!.. Long extended pause!.. And then someone said,
"Hoppachshof is a
Village, but I was welcome to attend church anyway because a Lutheran is ALMOST a
Catholic, and that after a while they would get me to come back to the Catholic
side." With that, everyone laughed, and the fun continued. The nearest
Protestant church (called Evangelical in
Germany) was about 5 miles distant in a Protestant village. This illustrates the
importance of RELIGION even today in rural
Germany. Religion is a day-to-day part of their lives. The bells ring on the
hour, and ring even more often to call the villagers to the church for worship.
more on RELIGION see my first book
& ANCESTORS FAMILY KARLE & KAISER OF
THE GERMAN-RUSSIAN VOLGA COLONIES
even more information on Religion see my second book
OF GERMANY AND THE GERMAN-RUSSIAN VOLGA COLONIES
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