Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve
Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors
by Peter Lang
Translation by Brad Schwebler
Until the turn of the century the living quarters were whitewashed with
lime twice a year, once before Easter and once before the church festival
(Kirchweih) in the fall. In
addition, in the winter the walls were whitewashed each week around the baking
oven and the (Sparherd?). The lime
disinfected there, so not only was beauty encouraged but at the same time its
disinfection was achieved.
After the turn of the century people
gradually switched over to letting a painter paint the living quarters with
color. This was done by the rich at
first and later also by the poor (often themselves).
The German women in Beschka had a keen sense of cleanliness.
They whitewashed often until they fled from Beschka – the outside of
the homes, like the gable which was so high up.
The rich left this work to the painter in the year before the people fled
and mostly yellow color was added to the outside coat of paint on the houses. The pedestal was painted deer-brown (tan) and renewed at
least once a year in the time before Pfingsten (Whitsun), Each week the passageway to the street ditches and the yard
were swept. Most German homes had a
beautiful ornamental garden. Therefore
the German properties as a rule were more beautiful than the Serbs.
But many Serbs in Beschka had in the course of time completely adapted to
the German customs. With their homemade rugs they were even superior to us.