or not, even such a small village as Kleinliebental sometimes made the
headlines beyond its boundaries. The following seven articles are the best
evidence. They all come from the so called "Odessaer Zeitung",
a German newspaper for the colonies of South Russia, that was published
during the years 1863-1914 and 1914-1918, first three times a week, later
daily except Sundays and holidays.
Some of the volumes can be found (on microfilm) in
the library of the
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen in Stuttgart, Germany.
I scanned the articles and beside each original article I placed an
English translation. Many thanks to my Aunt Juliane and to Mrs. Dickenson
for helping translate the partially Russian articles into German and then
Sometimes I had difficulties with the old Gothic script or the copies were
so bad that I could not decipher single words or even whole paragraphs.
That is why you will find some "[?]" in the texts. If someone can decipher
any words better then I did, or if somebody finds a better translation,
please let me know.
Finally it should be said that some of the articles,
particularly No. 3 and 4, probably will require a long downloading time
since they are rather extensive. Therefore I did not scan the original
article No. 5. This article probably would need hours to download
completely. Here you will just have to be content with our translation.
Why are there always two different dates on
the top of each article?
In 1582 Pope Gregor XIII introduced a reform of
the calendar and set up a refined leap year regulation. This new
so-called "Gregorian Calendar" was immediately adopted by most Catholic
countries. However, most Lutheran states and also Russia, did not follow
for years. In fact, Russia did not follow until 1918. Instead, it kept
using the old "Julian Calendar" which was 13 days behind the Gregorian
If you would like to know more about this interesting topic, have a look
So according to these informations, I figured out
that the two dates on top of some of the articles are nothing else then
the Julian date followed by the Gregorian date that has to be 13 days
more. So for example the date "February 11 (February 24) 1911 means that
the article was published on February 24 according to our current
calendar. If there is only a Julian date, then you can determine the
Gregorian date by using some of the formulas that you will find on the
page I mentioned above, or you could just add 13 days ... .