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 Information April 2022

Dear Russian children and friends
This month has also been overshadowed by the events in Eastern Europe.
The purpose of our association is to help Russian children find their fathers and families.
We also try to represent our interests. We have succeeded in doing this on one issue, namely attracting public attention. This is now proving not to be favourable. Apart from insults that some of us have had to endure, the atmosphere has changed. We are now regarded as Russians, are viewed, if not openly, nevertheless as a complicit part of doubt.
It is pointless to fight against this. Let's bear it, because they don't know what they are doing with it.
Along with this, no one contacted us in April.
Nevertheless, the website was clicked on to the usual extent. Likewise, the questionnaire and the filling-in aid for enquiries to the archives in Podolsk, ZA MO, were downloaded.
On 8 May we will hold our annual meeting. We actually planned to visit the usual museum festival of the German-Russian Museum afterwards. It has been cancelled. We plan to have a meal together after the meeting.

Best regards
Anatoly Rothe

 

Information March 2022

Dear Russian children and friends,

 Most important - there is no indication that the Russian archives would not provide information. Let us not be impressed by the current atmosphere here. Don't become hesitant, don't become passive, go in search of your families!

 The director of ZAMO, i.e. the archives of the Russian Ministry of Defence, O. Pankov, wrote us a letter at the beginning of March in which he emphasised once again that information will continue to be provided for authorised persons.

Since 2014, we have been helping Russian children to find their fathers and families. We learned from many that the tracing service of the German Red Cross in Munich refuses to help Russian children. No one was helped by this office during this time. We have therefore deleted this address from our database and replaced it with the recommendation of the Leipzig Consulate of the Russian Embassy:

Search and Information Centre of the Central Committee of the Red Cross of the Russian Federation.

See https://www.russenkinder.de/index.php/suche-des-vaters#ZK_RKR_Moskau

It is recommended that if you are searching in the countries of the former Soviet Union, you contact this centre with information about your father. We think - in Russian. Of course, we will also help with this.

If you are stuck in your search, if you have given up hope of finding your father and his family, write to the Central Committee of the Red Cross of the Russian Federation!

We continue our work because we still think that there is a right for everyone to find their family.

 Our website continues to receive normal traffic. There is also a lot of interest in the questionnaire, which is needed for enquiries.

It is pointed out once again that we do not know who visits our pages. We only see how often.

 Regarding our annual meeting: we are setting it for 8 May 2022. It will be held in Berlin-Karlshorst. The exact location will be announced. The invitation is attached.

We had planned to visit the celebration of the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst together after our meeting. The museum has informed us that this celebration will not take place in the usual form. We are waiting for information on how it will be organised. Afterwards we can still decide about a visit.

 Best regards

Anatoly Rothe

 

Information February 2022

Dear Russian children and friends,

 Times are turbulent, events are dire and have consequences for us that we thought were long overcome.

For a few days now, I have been asked to make a statement on the events in the East of the continent. The suggestions range from condemnations of one side or the other involved, as well as a neutrally written statement in the sense that we are against war. Don't we show this through our commitment, through our work?

Have we in Germany already come to the point of having to make declarations in order to at least be tolerated as part of civil society?

Everyone can participate in demands, I already had a hard time with that in the GDR.

Let's consider that our fathers come from all the former Soviet republics, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic republics, my father from Kazakhstan ...

And let's keep in mind that most of our information comes from the archives of the Russian Ministry of Defence in the city of Podolsk near Moscow.

 I have been called several times and asked about rules of conduct. In the meantime, there have been mobs of Russian children. So far, I hope that these are only a few isolated cases. Some of us had to experience this in our childhood and youth.

To be honest, I don't know. My recommendation is to avoid it. There is no point in starting a conversation. And what about physical violence? Run away as long as you can. At our age, we have nothing to counter this.

On 28. 2. 2022, the programme "How Russian is the East?" was repeated on MDR. Afterwards, our website received an unusually high number of hits. In the meantime, two enquiries have been made, although these do not belong to our core area. Of course we have given our help.

We hope for peace soon!

Best regards

Anatoly Rothe

 

Information January 2022

Dear Russian children and friends,

once again a Russian child found his father's family. Once again a life wish came true. Our destinies are very different, as well as the fulfillment of this wish. Once again, experience teaches - set out on the path! Whatever was, whatever contributed to appeasement, distraction, however you stand by us, we help everyone. Discreetly, of course. We did not go to Facebook, we did not go to Whatsup, Telegram etc. We protect those who turn to us. Maybe this may sound exaggerated, we stick to this precaution.

From experience we see that rumors, any narratives from those involved who have passed on unsecured information have little relevan←z. We see that only corroborated information will help us. As it has been stated for a long time, these sayings like -our fathers were imprisoned, taken to Siberia or even shot because of having a child with a German - have not been confirmed even once. Therefore, the suffering that resulted from this is infinitely sad to see.

These victims should also go on a search. Jump over your shadows, discard this nonsensical misinformation!

We have only this one life. Let's use it to overcome completely unnecessary discord in families. Those who follow our work will see how we help. No names, no information to others.

Likewise, we know from experience that for many the application is a problem. There, too, we have gathered enough experience in the meantime.

We know it, concentration on the essentials, classify the available information, compile and formulate accordingly.

For years the archive of the Russian army has been asking for information why it should answer the applicant of all people. Here, too, we have known for years what to do.

Overcome yourselves! Ask, we will help!

Our founding member Herta Petersen celebrated her 95th birthday on 1/30/2022 surrounded by her family.
We would like to join the many congratulations. Her life's work and her commitment to the association are to be commended. May she still
experience many happy hours.

All the best!

Sincerely greetings

Anatoly Rothe

 

Information December 2021

 Dear Russian Children and Friends,

a successful year has come to an end. Despite Corona, our work continues.

It started with the two repetitions of the programme "How Russian is the East?" A large number of contacts arose who asked how to find their father or family. We were very happy to make this "extra effort", as it helps to bring more families together.

ZAMO, the central archive of the Russian Ministry of Defence in Podolsk, continues to provide information about our fathers. In the meantime, it has expanded its website. This led to photos of the father for two of us. In both cases, the resemblance could not be overlooked. It concerns fathers who had fought in the Great Patriotic War. If anyone knows the name of the father who took part in the Great Patriotic War, they can go to these pages and investigate. Those who do not know how to do this or do not have a Cyrillic keyboard at their disposal can contact us, we will of course help in these cases as well. Just try it!

We are sometimes asked why the war has this name. The battle against the Napoleonic army in 1812 is called the "Fatherland War". It was successfully led by Field Marshal Prince Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov-Smolensky, or Kutuzov for short. Prince Lev Tolstoy wrote his novel "War and Peace" on this subject 50 years later. An extraordinary work, which gave him world renown.

Our website has been visited more than 120 thousand times this year, more than any year before. The central point here is the "Search of the Father". With this information, everyone can start their own search.

Our different language versions, our information to objectify the problem of Russian children, our individual fates, as well as our monthly information and the many other pieces of information we make available are accessed worldwide.

In total, our pages have been viewed over 630 thousand times since 2014.

We held our annual meeting in November and were able to recruit former senior lecturer Eckehard Liebeck to our board. He is a real asset in our work.

In 2022 we will continue our work as we did last year. Our two focal points: Public relations work to encourage more affected people to search and providing assistance in the searches are our main focus.

Many thanks to all those who have supported us in our work!

A Happy New Year to all!

Best wishes

Anatoly Rothe

 

 Extraordinary Important Information December 2021

Dear Russian Children and Friends,

In our recently sent monthly information November 2021 we wrote: "From Podolsk there were answers to enquiries. The archive continues to enable us to search for our families. For this we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"

There was a reaction that this lie, put into the world in 2015, that the Russian archives would not provide information, continues to circulate.

This is disgraceful because it prevents affected Russian children from searching for their fathers, their family and half-siblings.

 We resolutely opposed to this at that time and will continue to do so in the future.

The most important precondition - the name of the father is known.

In 1997, in response to a simple request from ZAMO, I received information about who my father was, his background, his military career and, finally, a passport photo.

This information was available until about 5 years ago. At that time, older laws were already used and seemingly bureaucratic hurdles were set up for us. We did not immediately understand what was required and why.

What was the troube?

The archive demanded proof that we were entitled to make these requests. Only authorised persons receive this information, according to the relevant Russian law. So we recommended that our requests should enclose a birth certificate, a registration certificate, officially translated of course, and a copy of the identity card. See:

https://www.russenkinder.de/index.php/suche-des-vaters#AngabenzumVater

In the meantime, a questionnaire has been added, probably for faster processing. With this we prove that we are relatives of the wanted person. There is nothing else available to us. Podolsk accepts this and provides information.

We recommend that all those who have received a negative answer, and even if it was some time ago, tomake this request again under the given requirements.

There is no reason not to do it. So let's get on with it! Get on the computer, get the certificates and get going!

Anyone who has questions about this, anyone who is unsure, get in touch with us. We will help everyone!

Best regards

Anatoly Rothe

 

Information November 2021

Dear Russian children and friends,

we held our annual meeting. We were able to present a successful work. During the discussion it became clear that there are different ways of life and views on our problem. We tolerate this, because our life circumstances have shaped us, which could be very different.

The board was discharged and newly elected. The members Rothe, Lerche, Dr. Thomas were re-elected. The Senior Grammar School Teacher Liebeck was newly admitted. Thus we were able to expand the board by another Russian.

There were new inquiries from Russian children inquiring about the possibilities of finding the fathers and families. Of course we informed about the possibilities and offered our help.

From Podolsk there were answers to inquiries. The archive continues to enable us to search for our families. For this we would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts!

We are preparing an appropriate letter to the archive.

We have experienced the impact of finding our father, his family and half-siblings. But in the same way some searches have to be ended, because a lot of time has passed over it, traces cannot be found anymore. This conclusion also has a good side, one closes a chapter.

Surprisingly, this month there was again an unusually high demand for our website.

Best regards

Anatoly Rothe

 

Information October 2021

Dear Russian children and friends,

 the preparation of the annual meeting is in progress.

Events can be reported.

An editorial assistant who works for the RTL program "Missing" contacted us. It was about the fact that there are many requests from Russian children, she had already asked around and researched, but no one could give her proper information about how such a search can be carried out.

We had a long conversation. She confirmed that many had previously contacted the International Search of the German Red Cross, but never received an answer from there. We know why.

Now I pointed out to her the search options. So the usual, you need the name of the father, the petitioner himself must ask for information in the archives, the relevant papers in Russian are attached and if the army archive archive does not bear the man, contact the RGVA in Moscow.

I asked for two things: 1. to forward to us those Russian children whom they do not include in their program, so that they too can start searching themselves. And 2. to make public who has competence and great experience in this field, so that also those concerned can be addressed, who have not yet gone on the search.

 Our website shows unusual behavior from time to time. It has been disturbed several times, twice completely destroyed. This month there was an occurrence that we have not had before. One page was accessed over 6,600 times in one day.

 I would like to remind you that on Saturday, 6. 11. 2021 at 10.30 a.m. our annual meeting will take place in the German-Russian Museum. Corona-related 3G rule. Vaccinated, recovered or tested.

 Until then best regards

Anatoly Rothe

 

Information September 2021

Dear Russian children and friends,

 there is a development that we thought would happen much earlier. The requests concerning the search for the fathers and their families is decreasing strongly. This does not mean that they will continue to exist, we sometimes see that Russian children went and go on the search independently of us, without contacting us.

The oldest among us are now over 75 years old. In this age group there are quite a few who do not know how to use computers. To some of them we send the monthly reports by mail so that they can also be informed and, as we learn, they feel a sense of belonging to the community.

The younger ones had the opportunity to meet the fathers, to visit the families. Anyway, it was possible for them to know at least the address.

This is how our work will continue.

There are some inquiries in Podolsk, we are waiting for answers. The time duration cannot be influenced by us.

An inquiry concerning our annual meeting place resulted in the following answer:

 "Dear Mr. Rothe,

please let us talk on the phone in the 2nd half of October. The rules are subject to constant updating depending on the legal provisions and the currently applicable Corona rules in the house. However, one point applies today: please send a list with the name, address, mail, phone of all interested persons who want to participate in the meeting by the end of October at the latest. We need the information of all interested persons for contact follow-up in case of illness. The data will be deleted two weeks after the event.

 Kind regards,

 Uta Mühlisch"

 So, if you would like to participate, please send your coordinates to me by mid-October.

 Best regards

 Anatoly Rothe

 

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:
https://www.russenkinder.de/index.php/zur-studie-besatzungskinder-der-universitaet-leipzig-von-2015
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

The authoritative German version at:

https://www.russenkinder.de/index.php/monatliche-informationen


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