RussianGermans are probably one of most the most ignored migration groups in Germany. Most people see RussianGermans as Russian people living in Germany, but they don’t know much about the bigger picture, even though about 4 million RussianGermans came back to Germany starting in 1990 until now. This project explores RussianGerman identity in second generation RussianGermans.
RussianGermans are ethnical Germans who migrated to the Russian Empire in the 18th and 19th century. RussianGermans had their own colonies where, over centuries, they paid much attention to preserving their identity in forms of German language, religion and cultural traditions. But times change and the RussianGermans as an ethnical minority had to suffer many periods of suppression particularly after Second World War. These suppressions that mostly concerned German language and religion led to a massive loss of German identity. My main interest in this work concerns the “Second generation” of RussianGermans and their understanding of identity. “Second generation” means RussianGermans who where either born here in Germany or who migrated to Germany when they where small children (around 2 or 3 years old). Do they feel more Russian or German? Or maybe something in between, or do they even feel specifically RussianGerman? How does it feel to be part of this special migration group that is mostly not spoken about in today’s German society? What aspects are important for shaping their identity?
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