250 years ago, about 30,000 Germans emigrated to the Russian czardom in hope of a better life. Russian-Germans are a topic present in public discourse since returning to their supposed homeland of Germany, where by now they belong to the largest immigrant groups. Since Germany began taking in late repatriates in 1950, nearly 4.5 million immigrants have returned to the home of their ancestors—a home that the majority only knew from stories. Upon arrival, they had to quickly realize that their identity was no longer purely German. Given their background and long history in the czardom as well as the Soviet Union, specific forms of an independent culture emerged after their return to Germany—neither totally Russian, nor totally German.
In the project “Privet Germania“ (Hello Germany) Ira Thiessen connects the topic of lifestyle within German-Russian culture.