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Selz Museum

On Friday, June 02, 2006 I was present at the opening of a German Museum in Selz which commemorates the contributions of the German pioneers in Selz and the Kutschurgan valley. The project was spearheaded by Selz resident Luisa Riesling, herself a German, and local historian and former mayor of Selz, Margaretta Budayev. My grandparents, Konrad Weiss and Brigetta Vetsch, were both born in Selz, and were married in Selz. Many North Americans have contributed funds, as well as family charts and photographs for the museum.


Selz Museum


Cutting the ribbon with Schulmeister Sergei Teninholz and Louisa Riesling of Selz


Schulmeister Teninholz, Louisa Riesling, Merv Weiss


Inna Stryukova, Margaretta Budayev, historian Vladimir Jakovlevich Bukovsky
Alexei Köhler, Valya Fromm


Opening Ceremony Speeches


Merv Weiss on the steps of the German Museum in Selz


Telling the crowd about my ancestors who were born in Selz, with Inna translating


Museum interior


Karolina Fromm, Margaretha Budayev


Museum interior


Museum interior


Museum interior


Presenting a copy of the Weiss family history to the Selz Museum


Robert Schneider visiting with Luisa Riesling and Margaretta Budayev


My good friend, translator Inna Stryukova from Nikolaev