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.
North American Donauschwaben
2014 & 2015 locations announced.
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