Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve
Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors
Friedrich Kühbauch &
The German Public School
By Peter Lang
Translated by Brad Schwebler
He took the first service examination in 1937 at the German training
institute in Neuwerbaß.He started his first position in Beschka on the 15th of
took the second examination in 1942 at the newly established German teaching
institute in Essegg.Since 1962 he has been active as a training teacher of the PH Reutlingen
at the Eduard- Pranger School in Reutlingen.
German Public School
In 1941, that is after the German armed forces marched into Yugoslavia,
the public school was separated into German and Croatian-Serbian sections.I, Peter Lang, was entrusted as the local group leader with the
leadership of the German public school.Starcevic, who had been principal up to then, remained leader of the
Croatian public school.However at the suggestion of Starcevic I also took over the actual
leadership of the Croatian public school, and was so until 1941 at which point
all of the schools in Croatia were separated.The three German teachers Bächer, Kühbauch, and Lang came to the German
school as well as the young teacher Otto Fäller from Beschka (vgl. Reg. No.
Ewinger (vgl. Reg. No. 458b), the graduate student Otto Ewinger (vgl. Reg. No.
458b), and teacher Mayer (from Neupasua?), so that the German public school was
well supplied with teachers for seven years.However during the summer vacation in 1942 Otto Fäller and Otto Ewinger
were inducted into the Nazi SS, teacher Mayer was transferred to another school
and teacher Kühbauch was a colleague in the newly created Office for the German
Schools in Essegg, so that only teacher Bächer and I remained of the original
luck, as already mentioned, Rev. Bellmann joined with a full teaching
three teachers were active until the people fled.But in addition there were also teaching assistants, namely Plechel from
Slankamen, Elvira Klumpner from Slavonia, Else Hanff from Eßlingen, Anni
Pfeffer from India and finally teacher Henn (vgl. Reg. No. 798) from Beschka.At the same time there were never more than four teachers ordered for the
seven years in Beschka.Each teacher therefore had a double teaching commission.The number of children in May 1941 amounted to about 450.Later many parents moved with their children as workers to Germany, so
that after that there were only about 350 students to be instructed.However in May 1944 this number increased again through the addition of
the Partisan-threatened Germans from Darkovatz and Paleschnik.Now the number of children amounted to about 450 children again.The refugee children received special instruction during the vacation.