Neu Berlin Colony

Type of Settlement: Daughter

Founded: 1860/67

Religion: Lutheran

Wolost: Hoffnungstal

District: Tiraspol

Province: Cherson

Other Names and Spellings:

Ukrainian:

Russian: Воробьевка

Also: Vorob'evka, Vorobiivka


Current Name:

Vorobiivka, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine


Coordinates:

47.1123, 30.2578


History of the Colony

Neu Berlin was a daughter colony that many sources say was founded in 1867. However, there are EWZ records noting births in Neu Berlin as early as 1861, and the colony did appear on an 1860 map. Because of the appearance on a map, the earlier founding date is included here.


Neu Berlin consisted of 3,536 dessiatins [1 dessiatin = 2.7 acres] of land. In 1886, there were between 26 and 50 households was known to be a place that had fruit and grape orchards [Tiraspol-1886]. It was a part of the Neu Freudental parish. It had a school for grades 1-4, and a library in 1926 [Mertens, p. 544].


Karl Stumpp referred to the place as Neu Berlin, but all listings in the Odessa Kalender identified it as Berlin, and letters published in German-language newspapers simply identified it as Berlin [Glückstal-2004]. On maps, however, it is consistently labeled Neu Berlin beginning in 1860.



Surnames

The following surnames appear in the GCRA Points-of-Origin [Glückstal-2021] and in EWZ records [BSGR, www.blackseagr.org....mybirthplace=Neu Berlin] related to births/baptisms in Neu Berlin:


Arnold, Bahnmüller, Barth, Bauer, Bender, Beutelsbacher, Bippus, Bitsch, Boerkirchen, Borth, Brahm, Braun, Dammel, Dick, Ehly, Eipert, Eippert, Fink, Fischer, Gaier, Gall, Ganther, Gieck, Hannemann, Harsch, Heer, Helm, Henemann, Hennemann, Hohloch, Horch, Jäger, Kaefer, Kaierleber, Keplen, Kludt, Koeplin, Koepplin, Koeppling, Kollert, Kraemer, Kreis, Kurtz, Lang, Losing, Mattheis, Moessner, Moser, Nathan, Neher, Neumueller, Pfaff, Renner, Reule, Rieger, Roehm, Roth, Schaal, Schaffner, Schall, Schauer, Scheu, Schlaht, Schlechy, Schmidt, Schmied, Schock, Schwaderer, Schweitzer, Siegmund, Siffermann, Solotarenko, Stefan, Steinbachoh, Strohmeier, Tetz, Wetzel, Whittmayer, Wiessner, Witmeier, Wittmaier, Wohl, Wolf, Wolgemut.

Population


Year Pop.

1881 367

1882 372

1883 417

1884 407

1885 401

1886 481

1887 367

1888 367

1890 367

1892 297

1894 477

1896 477

1897 437

1898 437

1900 478

1901 478

1902 478

1903 498

1904 498/505

1905 541

1906 540

1907 505

1908 445

1909 450

1910 512

1911 512

1912 512

1913 532

1914 524/452

1915 524

1919 645

1926 680

Mayors

1881-83 Johann Heer

1884-86 Heinrich Fischer

1887-1890 Eborb. Strohmaier

1892 Johann Heer

1894, 96-98 Heinrich Fink

1900-02 Johann Eippert

1903 F. Wittmaier

1904-06 Johannes Eigert

1907-09 Johannes Heer II

1910-12 W. Eippert

1913-15 Daniel Schall


Schoolmasters

Neu Freudental Lutheran Parish

1881-82 Emm. Heinrich Kludt

1882-90 Heinrich Kludt

1892, 1894 Johannes Bippus

1896-1915 Jakob Wetzler

Photos

n.d — Neu Berlin Lutheran church. [Schnurr1] p. 356
1910 — Map of Neu Berlin[Vlasenko]



1940 — Map of Neu Berlin[Retromap-1940-14194016]
1998"Farmers working in the fields cutting hay near the former Black Sea German village of New Berlin."[GRHC-JHT]

Bibliography

[Arcanum-1872] – “Russia (1872).” Arcanum Adatbázis Kft. maps.arcanum.com/en/map/russia-1872. 1872. [This map, although not identified on the website, is probably the work of Theodor Friedrich Schubert (1789-1865) a.k.a. Fedor Fedorovich Shubert. The 1860 and 1872 versions of this map appear on other map websites identified only as by "Schubert."]

[BSGR] – “Black Sea German Research.” Website. n.d. www.blackseagr.org/.

[Glückstal-2004] – Rudolf, Homer ed. The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America: A Bicentennial Collection of History, Genealogy and Folklore. Pierre, SD: State Pub. & Printing, 2004.

[Glückstal-2021] – Glückstal Colonies Research Association. Glückstal Colonies Research Association 2021 Data Drive. Frisco, TX, 2021.

[GRHC-JHT] Germans from Russia Heritage Collection Journey to the Homeland Tour Photo Collections, 1996-2019. Collections available on Flicker website, www.flickr.com/photos/ndsu-libraries-grhc/collections/72157637054248256/ and NDSU Repository website, library.ndsu.edu/ir/handle/10365/26147.

[Mertens]Mertens, Ulrich, Allyn Brosz, Alex Herzog, and Thomas Stangl. German-Russian handbook: a reference book for Russian German and German Russian history and culture with place listings of former German settlement areas. Fargo, ND: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) Publications. 2010. Digitized version.

[OdKal] Neuer Haus- und Landwirthschaftskalender für deutsche Aussiedler in südlicher Russland auf das Jahr ... [New house and farming calendar for German emigrants in Southern Russia for the year ...] Odessa: Druck und Verlag von L. Nitzsche, [published 1863-1915]. Digitized versions of 1906, 1909, 1910 and 1913.

[Retromap-1940-14194016] – 1940 Map of the Red Army (RKKA) [Composite map of the European part of the USSR with variable scale with sheets from 1936-1947 on scales from 1:100,000 to 1:4,000,000.] Digital repository: retromap.ru/14194016

[Schnurr1] – Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das Religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen: Evangelischer Teil. [Churches and Religious Life of the Russian Germans: Protestant Part.] 2d ed. Stuttgart: Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, 1978.

[Tiraspol-1886] – “Карта Тираспольского уезда с обозначением населенных пунктов и земских дач, принятых за единицы исследования, и виноградников.” [Map of Tiraspol County with the designation of settlements and zemstvo dachas, taken as survey units, and vineyards.] Russian Empire. https://bit.ly/tiraspol-district. 1886.

[Vlasenko] – Vlasenko, Petro. "Topographic maps of the early 20th century. Third Military Map of Austria-Hungary." Website. n.d. https://maps.vlasenko.net/historical/topo1910/ 1912.

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