Danube Swabian Community


“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.
In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors


DVHH at a glance . . .

Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation exempt from federal taxes under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  DVHH, Inc. received its tax exemption under 501(c)(3) from the IRS on October 26, 2007.

Our Mission is to collect and provide historical and genealogical information for the former Danube Swabian (DS) villages situated in the six regions which were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918: Banat, Batschka, Slavonia - Syrmia, Swabian Turkey, Hungarian Highlands, and Sathmar.

Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands (DVHH) consist of all volunteers, whose desire is to help descendants of the German ethnic group "Danube Swabian" discover their ancestral roots, history, environs, culture and lifestyles. Our website is chock-full of data, having been developed using input from this very forum of volunteers to flesh out all the aspects of the Danube Swabian people.  The DVHH Village Coordinators hope to bring you closer to your ancestral village.

         How the DVHH got started.

Contribute Web Content for Web Publication:

We welcome your submissions for publication. 

DVHH.org prides itself on providing excellent, entertaining, informative and unique articles about the Donauschwaben experiences.  We are fully staffed with editors who will help you to present your story in an accurate, well-written and detailed publication, that will speak to our curious audience. 

Standard Submission Guidelines & Procedures

Authorization for Publishing Copyrighted Material

Material that has already been published elsewhere or is protected by existing copyright shall be submitted for publication on any DVHH website only if the submitter indicates the source of the material: the title of the book it came from, the name of the author, the name of the publisher, the year and place of publication, to the extent that these are known.  It is DVHH policy that any written or graphic material that was copyrighted by another individual or organization will be published on the DVHH website only if it is supported by a proper authorization to republish obtained from the owner of the copyright. For any material taken from old or out-of-print books, the submitter is requested to attempt to contact the author or publisher and obtain an authorization to republish. If the attempt is unsuccessful, the submitter must provide evidence of the attempt to contact. This is necessary to comply with international copyright laws and maintain DVHH in good standing within the internet communication community.

Submit all contributions [stories, articles or images] for publication, following the above outlined procedure to DVHH Community; as well as any questions, comments and concerns regarding the DVHH Policy Statement.

UNIFORM TERMINOLOGY: For the sake of consistency, the terms Donauschwaben
or Danube Swabian will be used throughout the DVHH web site, publications and associated media outlets. More info  

DVHH Editorial, 5 Dec 2005, Updated 10 May 2007
- Nick Tullius
, Sr. Editor

Regional Coordinators:

Banat: Alex Leeb, Nick Tullius, Jody McKim Pharr

Batschka: Dennis Bauer

Hungarian Highlands: Ernest Chrisbacher, John Busch

Swabian Turkey: Henry Fischer

Syrmia: Eve Brown

Slavonia: Robin Grube, Zeljko Lekšić

Sathmar: Volunteer!

DVHH Mascot "Lissi"

2013-2014 DVHH Administration

DVHH Board of Directors:

Dan Larson, President, NY
Jody McKim Pharr, V.P., GA

ose Vetter, Secretary, BC
Noelle Giesse, Treasurer, NY
John J. Kornfeind, Director, AZ
Mary Regan, Director, NY

Jane E Moore UT

Membership Registrar: Jeff Rau, VA

Mail List Administrators:
Eve Brown, MI & Roy Engel, Ontario

Facebook Administrator: Dan Larson, NY

Guestbook Administrator:
Robert "Bob" Horvath
,  Kitchener

Publisher & Webmaster

Jody McKim Pharr, GA

DVHH Publishers Assistant: Volunteer!

Editorial Staff:

Jody McKim Pharr, GA
Rose Vetter, BC
Nick Tullius, OTT
Rose Mary Keller Hughes, NY
Henry Fischer, ONT

DVHH Translators:

Nick Tullius, OTT
Rose Vetter, BC
Henry Fischer, ONT

Vesna Ibrahimovic-Brbaklic, Sombor
Lori Straus,
Roy Engel, ONT

DVHH Correspondents:

Nick Tullius, OTT
Rita Tompkins, NY

Cooking Donauschwaben Style!
Anne Dreer
, CAN - Recipe Coordinator:
Rose Vetter
, BC - Editor

DVHH Website Content Advisors:

Nick Tullius, OTT
Rose Vetter, BC
Henry Fischer, ONT

Rose Mary Keller Hughes, NY

Librarian: Robin Franson Pruter, IL

Public Relations:

Dan Larson, NY
Mary Regan
Nick Tullius, Ott-
Jody McKim Pharr, GA
Dennis Bauer, PA
Rose Mary Keller Hughes,
Beth Tolfree, CA
Alex Leeb, Calgary
Rita Tomkins, NY

Volunteer Support:

Mary Regan NY - Director
Jane E Moore UT
Volunteer Information

Coordinator Web Support:

Jody McKim Pharr - GA - Web Production
Ludwig Keck
- GA -
Village WebWorks



Mein Heimatland, Banaterland
Text by Peter Jung, music by Josef Linster and Wilhelm Ferch.
This was recorded live during a public concert on Dec 16, 1983,
by the Franz-Schubert Chor, Temeswar, conducted by Franz Metz.
We can enjoy this beautiful song thanks to Nick Tullius, who contributed the audio and the below English translation.
Below/left is the original words from the poem by Peter Jung.
Sheet music contributed by Jody McKim Pharr. Published at DVHH.org, 5 Jul 2012.

[Published by Jody McKim Pharr]


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Last Updated: 11 Feb 2014
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