Franz Schneider earned his
living as a teacher, but he also
dedicated a huge part of
his life to gathering and
compiling information for the Deutschbentschek
Born in Deutschbentschek in 1926
and educated there and in
Temeschburg and Bukarest, Mr.
Schneider was a teacher in the Banat
from 1949 until his family
relocated to West Germany in
1977. He then taught
school near their new home in
Düsseldorf until his retirement
Mr. Schneider completed Volume I
(1793-1852) of the
Deutschbentschek family book in
2003 and, for another eight
years, continued his work with
Volume II (1852-2011).
After he passed away in 2012,
family—especially his nephew Amin Müller—and HOG
Deutschbentschek finished Volume II
and published it in 2013.
Zita Johann in
Did you know?
believe they have the nicest pub," and
most beautiful Kirchweih hats are worn by those living in
Bentschek." So it was written in the 1924
festival was held to commemorate the
dedication of the village church. The Kirchweih hats
were decorated with flowers by
the young women of the village
and worn by the young men on the
The first homesteaders from the Banat to settle
in southwest North Dakota—those arriving
between 1889 and 1892—came from
film and stage actor, perhaps best known for
her starring roll with Boris Karloff in The Mummy
was born Elisabeth Johann on July 14, 1904, in
Deutschbentschek. Her parents were Stefan Johann
& Magdalena Zimmermann. The family immigrated to the United
States in 1910.
In 1934, it was a
Chicago barber from
Deutschbentschek who gave John Dillinger
his last shave and haircut.
Scheirich, my grandmother
My grandmother was born in Deutschbentschek in 1886 and,
nineteen years later, left her village for America.
I hope this village page will bring together people with
Deutschbentschek roots. Please, if you
have questions or information to
contribute—photos, stories, sites, historical
data, family information—let me know.
Deutschbentschek Family Book Vol II
a few copies are still available for purchase.
Wilhelm Kuhn, HOG
Chairman, for purchase details.
Jane Moore for lookups.
Names of those who
died in WWI, WWII, and Soviet
labor camps listed on a new page:
of the village grape harvest.
village photos and
2014 North American Donauschwaben
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA:
dates and reserved
hotel rooms announced.