German: Fibisch; Hungarian:
Temesfüres; Official: Fibis,
Romania; Other: Fiwisch
Fibisch, the German
name. Today the official name is Fibis, Romania, 30km NE of
Temeswar. The Hungarian variant is Temesfüres and another variant
is Fiwisch. Fibisch is a village with a mixed population and
had been up to the Ceausescus administration. As a result of the
territorial restructuring of Romania, in the year 1967, Fibisch became a
municipality of Blumenthal (Masloc), including the Filial parish being
Blumenthal. Fibis has a Railroad station.
Just outside the
village are scenes to take your breathe away. The mountains frame
the vast land, while the quilt-like valleys are blessed with rich soil.
You can see the local farmers preparing their fields, once owned by
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Blumenthal & Fibisch Treffen
Heimatbuch, 2004, 184 pages, 98 photos, 25 euro plus postage. Order
from: Anna Schneider, Graf-von-Stauffenberg-Str. 31, 40595 Düsseldorf
Anton Peter. Herkunftsorte der Fibischer Kolonisten. [E: Origins of the
... colonists]. 1991, city & publisher unknown. 12 pages.
In preparation: Blumenthal/Fibisch
RO-1985 (Family Book)
Purchase from: Michael Stickel, 58675 Hemer, Altenaer
Tel: (0 23 72) 32 13
belongs to German: Blumenthal / Blumental; Hungarian: Maslak; Official:
History Library Microfilms Records for 1771-1848/1858:
Blumenthal #858417 and #858426.
The Last of the German Village of Fibisch by Anton
Original German version:
Fibisch Passenger Records
Emigration from Banat in the National Archives Ship Records
by Dave Dreyer
Banat / Batschka Immigration to America
U.S. Federal Census for Mansfeld Ohio by David Dreyer & John Movius
(Fibisch Residents listed
Who are the
The Last of the German Villages of the Banat...
Fibisch (official: Fibis;
Hung.: Temesfüres) is on the north-east edge of the Banater Hecke, about in
the middle of the Temeschburg - Lippa highway, which goes diagonally through
the village. Fibisch is a village with mixed population. Since the Ceausescus administrative-territorial restructuring of Romania in the year
1967, it belongs to the municipality of Blumenthal
(also called Maslok).
Drinovan states that the village has first been documented
in 1446, the ethnic German establishing themselves around the year 1800.
At that time it was Hungary. In 1821, the village had a
population of 1,300, 260 were ethnic Germans. By 1910 the ethnic German
population was 569, an increase of 23 percent, making it the highest ethnic German population in Fibisch, as just 2 decades later the number of
ethnic Germans deceased to 394, representing 18 percent of the total population.
In the year 1940 there were 466 ethnic Germans counted in Fibisch. Then in
1977 the total ethnic German population decreased to 150 people, along side of the
1,610 Romanians, 195 Hungarians and 21 others. The January 1992 Census
of Fibisch represents of the end of the ethnic German settlement era of
the Banats. Among the 1,630 village inhabitants, only 14 reported to
be ethnic German. On this note one has to acknowledge the fact that in
the last 15 years 136 ethnic Germans returned to their ancestral homelands,
but also 346 Romanians and 185 Hungarians left Fibisch as well.
Nevertheless however, the
ethinic Germans were all gone from Fibisch, as on 13 March 1995, the "Temeschburger Banateana" daily newspaper reported
that the first gas station was opened up on
the highway leading to the village. The article emphasized the
investment to be more than 100 million Lei, by a Romanian-German trade
company called "Nitrobenzen." Owners of this company were a Romanian,
Vasile Mihai from Fibisch and a German, Walter Papp, from Blumenthal.
After the Orthodox priest inaugurated the gas station, the station was open
for business. "Lead free" gasoline had just been granted in Romania
and this was considered a rarity. Lead free gasoline appeared more
important locally than diesel oil. Since the environment was
classified as an important agricultural zone, the locals were happy to have
a gas station located in Fibisch. They were not satisfied with this
"little thing" therefore soon a motel was built in the proximity of the
Romanian-German gas station in Fibisch.
next report on Fibisch appeared in the same newspaper about two years later, on
31 December 1996. The event is relatively unimportant as it concerns a traffic accident, caused
by a sheepherder
of the Fibischer agricultural trade company "Oveg," because he was driving
his herd at night and could not be seen on a country road. The only thing
important in this report for us to know, is how determined sheep breeders
are, while they risk the safety of the animals.
The meadows are the place for the sheep, not to cross busy
Perhaps the new citizens of the Banat want to go back to the days of the grain
chambers of Europe, before the ethnic German settlement days era? Today everything
can be possible in the Banat!
April 1997 Anton Zollner
Translated by Jody McKim
[corrections by Rosina Schmidt]
Original German version:
Fibisch to North America
Ellis Island Port
of Entry - The following entries were compiled by researching at
the Ellis Island site and Stephen Morse -
One Step site, using various spellings for Fibisch. Fibisch, the German name, today the official name is Fibis, Romania, 30km NE of
Temeswar. The Hungarian variant is Temesfüres and another variant is
Fiwisch. Temesfüres is the mostly spelling found in the Ellis records, since it was a
territory of Hungary. This is not
intended to be a comprehensive list of Fibisch passengers.
Hopefully this list will
assist you in locating your people at the Ellis Island website. Since many names were spelled
incorrectly, it can be difficult to locate a record. Sometimes you have to enter
a name exactly as it is recorded to get a hit. The results are from searching
the various spellings for Fibisch and by each alpha letter for a surname, as well
as by ship. Happy Hunting, Jody
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