14 June 2017

On This Day, 14 June 1766

Catholic Mother colony Rohleder was founded on 14 June 1766 by LeRoy and Pictet, a co-operative company commissioned by Catherine the Great to recruit and settle Germans in Russia. The village included a cooperative store, an agriculture kolkhoz founded with loans, a machinery kolkhoz and a school with grades 1 through 4.

Today, the remains of the colony are within the town limits of Raskatovo, Saratov, Russia.

Location of Rohleder. 

Learn More: 
Center for Volga German Studies - Rohleder
LeRoy and Pictet
Volga German Institute - Rohleder
Volga Germans Germans from Russia - Rohleder

2017 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Mother colonies along the Volga River. There are many events throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary, and the Germans from 
Russia Settlement Locations project joins in the celebration of this rich Volga German heritage.  

The German immigrants that came to the Volga region were among first colonists to take up Catherine the Great on her manifesto. They came from Hesse, the Rhineland, the Palatinate and Württemberg.  They are also among the most well researched and documented groups of German colonists in Russia. Thus far, the Volga Mother colonies settled between 1764 and 1767 are the only colonies that have precise dates they were settled.  

For more historical and current events related to Germans from Russia, see our calendar page or link to our public Google calendar.

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