Information August 2021

Dear Russian children and friends

in our work there was a certain calming down. Few inquiries reached us. What we wrote before, a correlation to the call of the website is not given. Nevertheless our web page was called above average. More than nine thousand times.

There is a longer list of submitted inquiries to the army archive ZAMO in Podolsk. All of them are waiting for answer, we will report about it immediately when we have information.

As announced, we will hold our annual meeting on November 6, 2021 at the German-Russian Museum in Berlin-Karlshorst. All those interested in our topic are cordially invited to attend.

We cannot predict today what the circumstances will be at that time. Therefore we will inform about restrictions in due time. However, we hope that all our members and friends will be able to attend the event.

The invitation is attached.

Our thinking for the annual meeting for 2022 is to schedule it close to May 8. The Museum is busy with much preparation for the Museum Festival during that time. Perhaps we will switch to other rooms for the meeting and attend the festival together afterwards.

 Best regards

Anatoly Rothe


Information July 2021

Dear Russian Children and Friends,

the past month was marked by requests for five older cases that had somehow stalled, but have now come back into focus and are now being revisited. Needless to say, we appreciate this

 and are once again helping. There is no question, even if searches drag on, were interrupted by whatever reasons, whatever, we stand ready to help further.

In such cases - do not hesitate! Get in touch!

Our annual meeting is scheduled for November 6, 2021, as usual at the Berlin-Karlshorst Museum. Invitations will be sent in due time.

I have always found it unfortunate to schedule the Association's Annual Meeting so late in the year. We give an account of the past year, which was already ten or eleven months ago.

There was a factual reason for this. The tax office gives for associations their confirmation of the tax return only after the month of July. Of course, we wanted to present everything properly, including our financial conduct. After that there is vacation time. Before everyone is back on board, time has passed, too.

 Thus the months October / November came as accountability of the board before the association members.

The tax office conceded us an exemption from the annual tax return. This gives us the opportunity to schedule our annual meetings earlier. Of course our finances are audited. We had recruited our member Barbara Hartmann as cash auditor, who performs this office thoroughly and reliably.

Here is our proposal - to schedule these annual meetings for the first weekend in the month of May. Certain  agreements

 are still needed for this. We will work on it.

Best regards

Anatoly Rothe

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Information June 2021

Dear Russian children and friends

We would like to report once about a case of help in search of the father and his family. We know that people have different characters and ways of acting. Some read something once, understand it, act accordingly. On the other hand, some are not able to sort out their things by themselves. We have been consulting people for over six years and have helped in various different cases.

Here, many phone calls were made, explained what was necessary, accompanied the collection of papers. There was an almost 70-year-old birth certificate with the note "For official use only". We organized to obtain a new one.

After all the papers were together collected, we translated them into Russian. The translation and certification of the two certificates was done selflessly and without charging any fees by Galina Loheit, who has her office in the House of Russian Science and Culture. The control of all documents was done by our board member Eckehard Liebeck, I prepared the compilation for ZAMO and sent the papers for signature. Last week the application went to Podolsk by mail.

I am describing this in such detail because from the very beginning our aim was to help all Russian children. Simple or difficult case - we help all of them.

We have new members, one of them submitted a generous donation. Many thanks for it!

We mentioned several times, the interest in our website is unbroken. This does not always correlate with the questions and inquiries to us.

More frequent requests from Russian children do not necessarily go hand in hand with more hits on the website and vice versa. In any case, we serve a great need.

Best regards

Anatoly Rothe

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Information May 2021

Dear Russian children and friends

When our association was founded, one of its aims was to represent the interests of Russian children, which of course includes the image of our public appearance.
We had already referred to it several times, written a statement, it had become quieter for a while, now there are more inquiries about the study on occupation children by the University of Leipzig and its statements.
Here is our statement once again:
A short summary of our criticism:
1. the data basis of Glaesmer and Kaiser, the two authors of the study, is just 0.07%, i.e. not even a tenth of a percentage point, for an estimated 200,000 occupation children. This is simply too low to make a halfway reliable statement.
2) Figures have been manipulated.
3. a number of statements were made that were not backed up or even proven.
The central statement - children of the occupation were psychologically much more damaged than the normal population.
Since it was made without evidence, this is an insult and disparagement of occupation children.
The fact that a few Russian children take part in this is difficult to understand.
The media are picking it up again. A keyword or two entered into a search engine, results appear that show the realities. And realistic reporting is what viewers and readers want.
Many affected people have asked us to take action against this and to take a stand.
Every Russian child has contributed its share to the development, first of the divided and now united country. Such disparagement damages our reputation. It also harms our efforts to courageously go in search of father and his family.
Whatever happens, we keep our heads up. We are to be reckoned with further on this issue.

Another significant anniversary is coming up. It is 22 June. On this day 80 years ago, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. It was the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, which ended with the downfall of the aggressor on 8 May 1945. This victory was the basis for us, the Russian children, to be born.

Sincere greetings
Anatoly Rothe

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