Banat Teacher, Historian, Author, Archaeologist, Museum Curator & Genealogist

Milleker, Felix

 

 

 

 

 

Felix Milleker born 1858 Werschetz/Vršac - died 1942.

Teacher by profession, Milleker first worked in Bela Crkva. When School Council of Vršac called him in 1883, Milleker came back to his hometown to work as a teacher, and two years later, he was offered to be the manager of the Vršac library. The municipal government wanted a Museum to be a part of the City library, Milleker becomes a first curator of the Museum in 1894. He was a great man and he worked alone in Vršac museum from 1894-1942.  He is meritorious for the enrichment of the museum collections, doing the field excavations, purchasing the objects from the collectors, and a considerable number of antiquities have found their place in the Museum, being gifts from the numerous donors.

Milleker is the author of some important big volumes like: History of Vršac, 1886, (published in three languages: Deutsch, Serbian, Hungarian); Archeological Finds in South Hungary I-III, Timisoara 1887-1909 (Hungarian), Geography of South Hungary in Middle Age, 1915 (Hungarian).  He wrote in three languages: Deutsch, Hungarian and Serbian; so he is known as: Felix, Srećko, Bodog Milleker.

Felix Milleker’ s Contributions to the Study of the Antiquities of Banat
between the 1880’s and 1940’s

By Ljiljana Bakić, Keeper of the Coin Collection
Municipal Museum of Vršac

This paper describes the contributions of the historian and archaeologist Felix Milleker (1858-1942) to the study of antiquities of his native Banat, in southern Pannonia, formerly in Austria-Hungary. From the beginning of his scholarly work in the 1880’s until the very end of his life, he published over 200 titles, including 70 books, on the history, archaeology and ethnography of Banat. In the 1880’s he also founded the museums in both Bela Crkva (then Weisskirchen) and Vršac, where he remained director for a very long time.

In 1881 Milleker published his first work on Roman antiquities in the periodical Történelmi és régészeti értesitö in Temesvar. Until the 1920’s he continued publishing in this periodical dozens of papers on ancient history, archaeology, epigraphy and numismatics of Banat, including his studies on paleo-lingustics, paleo-ethnography and Roman mining. His study Dél-Magyarország római régiségleletei (Roman Antiquities of Southern Hungary, 1892) is of lasting value, and was used as the source-book for large-scale rescue-excavations before the two power-plant dams were built in the 1970’s and 1980’s across the Danube between Serbia and Rumania.

In his magnum opus Délmagyarország régiségleletei a honfoglalás előti idökbö (The Antiquarian Finds from Southern Hungary... I-III, Temesvar 1897-1906), Milleker described all the known ancient monuments and finds from Banat. This corpus introduced Southern Pannonia into the study of ancient history and archaeology of Europe, and still provides valuable data for modern researches in these fields.

For his outstanding work Milleker received several prestigious awards, such as the “St. Savvas” of Serbia, and the medals of the Deutsches Ausland-Institut in Stuttgart and the Deutsche Akademie in Munich.

Ljiljana Bakić, Keeper of the Coin Collection
Municipal Museum of Vršac
Feliksa Milekera 19
26300 Vršac, Serbia
Phone/Fax: +381 13 838 053 | e-mail: bakicljiljana@hotmail.com

Permission to republish information and photos at DVHH.org was kindly granted by Ljiljana Bakić.


Bibliography of 250 published and 37 unpublished works of Felix (Srecko, Bodog) Milleker.
Rasajski, R., BIBLIOGRAFIJA RADOVA FELIKSA MILEKERA. Vrsac 1995: Narodni muzej Vrsac. [Pages 154]

Die Familie Weifert und das Brauhaus in Pancevo, 1722/3-1923: Zur Erinnerung an die goldene Hochzeit Georg Weiferts mit Marie Gassner am 9. September 1923; Published 1993 by Donauschwabische Kulturstiftung; ISBN 3926276185 (ISBN13: 9783926276186)

1. Arnold, Nikolaus: Felix Milleker 80 Jahre alt, In: Bela-Crkvaer Volksbl. Jg. 42 (1937). Nr. 4 (24. X l.) S, 1f.

2. B(auer), L(udwig ): Felix Milleker 82 Jahr alt, In : Dt, Volksbl. Jg 22 (l940). Nr. 6194 (13. 1.) S. 6. Auch in: Orawitzer Wochenbl. Jg. 69. (l940), Nr. 3 (21. 1.).

3. Ćirković, S. : Mileker (Milleker) Feliks, Enciklopedija srpske istoriografije, Beograd 1997, 502.

4. Elter, Irene: Versuch einer bibliographischen Zusammenfassung der wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit Felix Millekers, In: Schwäb, Volkserzieher. Jg. 2 (1939 /40 ). H. 3/4, Vrbas 1940, S. 46-53.

5. Huss, R. : Felix Milleker, der Banatforscher, Deutsch-Ungarische Heimat-blätter 1, Budapest 1929, 166-169.

6. Srećko Mileker (Milleker) Srećko (Felix) (1858-1939. sic!), In: Mala enciklopedija, Bd. 2. Beograd (Belgrad), 1959. S. 80. (Es werden nur 3 in serbischer Sprache erschienenen Werke M. s, kein archäologisches, aufgezählt).

7. Milleker Bódog (Felix), In: Magyar életrajzi lexikon. Bd. 2. Budapest 1967. (Als Sterbeort wird fälschlicherweise Salzburg angegeben, ein genaues Todesdatum fehlt).

8. Narodni muzej u Vršcu, 1882. 1972. (Volksmuseum in Werschetz).

9. Scherer, Anton: Felix Milleker (1858-1942), Persönlichkeit und Werk des Archäologen, Polyhistors und Schöpfers des Städtischen Museums zu Werschetz (Banat), München 1983.

10. Scherer, Anton: Milleker Felix, Neue Deutsche Biographie XVII, Berlin 1994, 511-512.

11. Vukčević, Milo: Feliks (Srećko) Mileker, kustos Gradskog muzeja u Vršcu, Glasnik Istorijskog društva IX/3, Novi Sad 1936, 358-361.

12. Willvonseder, Kurt: Felix Milleker und die ur- und frühgeschichtliche Forschung im Banat, In: Neuland. Jg. 4. (1951). 14. 1, S. 4.

13. Willvonseder, Kurt: Felix Milleker (1858 - 1942.) und sein literarisches Schaffen, Salzburg: Donauschwäb, Verl. -Ges, 1953, 21 S. = Donauschwäb, Beiträge, 7. Auch in: Neuland, Jg. 5 (1952). Nr. 42 (19. 10.) S. 5; Nr. 43 (26. 10) S. 4; Nr. 44 (1. 11.) S. 4; Nr. 45 (9. 11.) S. 6; Nr. 46 (16. 11.) S. 6; Nr. 47 (23. 11.) S. 6; Nr. 48 (30. 11.) S 6; Nr. 49 (7. 12.) S. 7; Nr. 50 (14. 12.) S. 7.

14. Rašajski, Rastko: Bibliografija radova Feliksa Milekera, Milekerove sveske 1, Vršac 1995.


 


 

 

 

 

 

Last updated:
25 Feb 2011

 

Felix Milleker, 1858-1942

By Anton Scherer
Personlichkeit und Werk des Archaologen, Polyhistors und Schopfers des Stadtischen Museums zu Werschetz (Banat) (Veroffentlichungen ... Kulturwerkes) (German Edition)

 


FELIIX MILEKER
1858-1942


Katalog
Author: Anica Medaković
Vršac, 2002.
ISBN 86-83911-01-2
COBISS.SR-ID 98450188


 

 

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