German Diaspora in Ekaterinburg
This is a project dedicated to the history of the German diaspora in Ekaterinburg and its role in the formation and development of the city.

The German Diaspora in Ekaterinburg is a joint project of the Ekaterinburg History Museum and the Consulate General of Germany. It is dedicated to the history of the German diaspora from 1723 to the present day, and how it contributed to the city formation and development.

The history of Germans living in Ekaterinburg is an important component of our multinational city. Germans stood at the origins of the mining industry in Ekaterinburg. Their descendants later became successful mining engineers, officials, and entrepreneurs who played a significant role in the further development of the city. The story started from the most famous representative of the German diaspora in Ekaterinburg, Georg Wilhelm de Gennin, who was born in a German town called Siegen and played a key role in the construction and earlier development of our city.

The project was expected to last four years: 2019 was dedicated to a general review of the history of the Germans in Ekaterinburg from the 18th to the 21st century; 2020–to the history of the German diaspora in the city in the 18th century, 2021–in the 19th century, 2022–in the 20th century. The final festival was to be held in 2023.

Due to various circumstances, only two festivals were held. A thematic map of the city and a new excursion route were developed. Following the link, you can make an online journey through the places and sites that are significant to the history of the German diaspora in Ekaterinburg.

We also invented and implemented the Gennin-Fest, a week-long marathon of lectures, concerts, workshops, and exhibitions, initiated by the Ekaterinburg History Museum and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ekaterinburg as part of the Year of Germany in Russia. The immersion in history of Ekaterinburg of the early 18th century and the German community was comprehensive and exhaustive. The city residents got familiar with the daily life and professional activities of German contractors in the framework of the historical open-air lecture hall, studied European fashion imported to the Urals by visiting specialists, made a virtual journey through fabulous Saxony, plunged into the world of classical German music of the 18th century, folded the building of the mining chancellery out of paper, solved riddles on a quest tour, participated in an immersive theatrical production, and tasted various German dishes.

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