Fachportal zur Geschichte und Kultur der Deutschen in Kaukasien

Helenendorf/ Göygöl

Helene (1784-1803), married to Friedrich Ludwig, heir to the throne of Mecklenburg-Schwerin / Source: Wikimedia Commons

Helenendorf (today Göygöl, Azerbaijan), founded im 1819, was named after the sister of Tsar Alexander I., Helen (in German: Helene). "Dorf" means "village" in German. 

"After our stay in Gandschi [editor's note: Gändschä] we visitied Helenendorf, the biggest, most beautiful and richest of the German colonies in the Caucasus.... Our visit turned into a really beautiful, impressive celebration. The village, which was quite big, was decorated by flags and festoons; the church warden greeted us with a speech on the town square where the militia formed a guard of honour; then we were led into the church, where the choir sang and the pastor held a speech. After a genuine Swabian coffee session in the lovely home of the millionaire wine-producing Vohrer family, we went on a tour of the town and visited one of the large winecellars. In the evening there was a celebration in the house of the German society, where both men and women gathered, and there was much talk, music and singing. There was a remarkable amount of pretty girls and women present. For two years the Caucasian wine-growers had not been able to sell their harvests, as there were no opportunities for selling to Russia. A new harvest was approaching, and all barrels were full."

"My Mission in the Caucasus" (1943) by Friedrich Kress Freiherr von Kressenstein, Commander of the German military mission in the Caucasus

 

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19. Lorenz and Lina Kuhn
19. Lorenz and Lina Kuhn

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20. Kindergarten
20. Kindergarten

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21. Stadium
21. Stadium

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22. Brewery of the Vohrer brothers
22. Brewery of the Vohrer brothers

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23. Assyrian School
23. Assyrian School

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24. Winery
24. Winery

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