World in Ukraine: German heritage alive in Transcarpathian Ukraine

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Oct. 14, 2010, 11:32 p.m. | Ukraine — by Kateryna Grushenko

Maria Strauss shares the memories of her life as a German in Transcarpathia during a Kyiv Post interview on Oct. 5. Her grandson, Norberd, does his homework in the background. )
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MUKACHEVO, Ukraine – It may be 7 a.m. in Kyiv, but for Maria Strauss in Mukachevo, the dawn has already broken. Along with thousands of other families living in Transcarpathian Ukraine, she considers herself German and sets her clock to German time – one hour behind Kyiv.
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Anonymous Oct. 15, 2010, 8:12 a.m.    

Germans or Austrian Hungarians? Maybe Ukraine needs to make German and Hungarian an official language also. Along with Ukrainian, Russian, Tatar, Hutzal, Polish and a host of other ethnic languages.

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Anonymous Oct. 15, 2010, 2:39 p.m.    

Hungarian I am always picking up as the major language in the cities close to the border, e.g. Beregovo; German would be a nice option, being German I was aware only in Crimea to be a known historic spot. German time is not MSK, that is one hour ahead of Kyiv

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2010, 1:46 p.m.    

Not far from my father's village in Volhyn, there was a village they the 'colony'. I'm not sure what the reall name was but they called it that because it used to be a village of German settlers.

You could see the difference in the style of houses and layout of the village.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2010, 5:57 p.m.    

Nice article, thanks!

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