Books and Monographs
COLLECTIVIZATION IN THE SOVIET UNION: German Letters to America, 1927-1932 - by Janice Huber Stangl, 2012.
This work presents a more humanistic view of life in the former German colonist villages of South
Russia during the earliest years of the Soviet Union. Most of the letters were written by village
correspondents to German-language newspapers published in the United States. The earlier letters
contain many names, places and family events. Censorship by the Soviet regime in the late 1920s
and early 1930s had become ever more oppressive. Metaphors were often used to disguise description
of events that would not have passed the eye of the censor. Most of the letters published in
this work were written by Jakob Ahl (1873-1936) from Bergdorf, a German colony in Odessa Province,
South Russia. Includes index. Hard cover – 296 pages.