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"A Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve Eckert Koehler



Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors
     

GROSSSANKTNIKOLAUS has the most churches; the most church-going parishioners live in NEUSANKTANNA; the church which lies furthest from the centre of the village, i.e. at the edge of the village, is to be found in MERCYDORF; the oldest village monastery is in PERJAMOSCH; only ALEXANDERHAUSEN church has two steeples and the villagers are proud of it; the very best choir is in KARONSEBESCH; the largest village choral society is in SCHOENDORF; the largest village church stands in DEUTSCHTSCHANAD; the tallest steeple is in GLOGOWATZ; the lowest steeple is to be found in SEGENTHAU; the DETTAers can rightfully claim to have the most beautiful church; the oldest and best preserved church building stands in NEUBESCHENOWA; FREIDORF has the oldest parish;  the prettiest cemetery is in DETTA.  This commentary is found in the 1924 Donauschwäbischer Volkskalender, titled: Our Danube Swabian Banat Villages Have Their Own Character By Prof. Nischbach, subtitle: Various characteristics of the Banat Swabian Villages.

A beautiful prayer in gothic script from the 1880's

  Prayer for today

Lord, set boundaries to the abundance
And make the boundaries superfluous.
Let the people make no false money
And the money no false people.
 
Take the last word away from the wives
And remind the husbands of their first.
Give more truth to our friends
And more friends to the truth.
 
Give the government a better German
And the Germans a better government.
Lord, see to it
That we all get to heaven,
But not just yet!

 

(Prayer by the parish priest of Saint-Lambert church in Münster, 1883)
Translated by N.Tullius 2010/03/01

 Kirchweih

Kirchweih Homepage = "Consecration of the church"

The consecration or blessing of a church usually took place on a weekend.  The date celebrated was determined by the date the church was blessed. As an example, if a church was blessed on Sunday, October 15, 1850, and October 15 in 1853 would fall on a Wednesday, the Kirchweih would be celebrated on the Sunday following that Wednesday. Some Kirchweih dates were later moved to the fall, so that they would not interfere with the work in the fields. Eventually Kirchweih became the most important annual secular festival in every village.  To accommodate visitors from other villages, Kirchweih was celebrated on a different weekend in each village.

 Banat

The History of the German Lutheran Congregations In the Banat by Henry Fischer

Methodist in Werbass, Batschka by Elfriede Drumm (1937-1944 Danube Swabian congregation)

Maria Radna Basilica Restoration & Collection of Votive Pictures of Maria Radna

The Religious Life in Glogowatz by Sofia Gruber née Merle

Banat Church Images by Heinz Vogel

First communion photograph of a Kori in Hatzfeld. ~ Sandra Bruns
 

 Batschka

Batschka Churches by Josef Schramm

Methodist in Werbass, Batschka by Elfriede Drumm (Danube Swabian congregation)

The History of the Evangelical Church Community A. B. by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Formation of the Evangelical Congregation by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Evangelical Teachers by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The First Site of the Church Service by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Church by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Bell and the Tower Clock by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Church Appliances by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Pastor’s Living Quarters and the First Pastor Salaries & The Pastors by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Administration of the Congregation & The Church Chancellery by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The History of the Evangelical Seniorates by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

 
Cemeteries by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Pastor and Choirmaster Field by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Church Associations: History of the Evangelical Men's Choir by Friedrich Weber

Supplements by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The 100 Year Jubilee of the Congregation Mixed Couples by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The History of the German Reformed Congregation by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Formation of the Branch Community 1820 – 1850 by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Branch Community 1850 – 1921 by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Church by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Independent German Reformed Congregation by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The New Buildings (parsonage and church) by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Teachers and Choirmasters of the Community by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Servants of the Word of God by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Church Fathers and Presbyters by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Communion and Baptismal Implements by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Cemetery by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

The Church Choir by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Some Things about the Give and Take by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Baptists, Methodists, Nazarenes, Catholics by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Living Together with the Different Denominations by Peter Lang

The Cemetery by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

Protestant neighbor villages in the Batschka Torschau, Peter Haas

 Hungarian Highlands

   

 Sathmar

Church Life by Stefan Schmeid

Pastor Johann Ettinger by Stefan Schmied

Scheindorfer Kiarbe by Stefan Schmied

Scheindorfer St. Anne Hymn  by Stefan Schmied

Roman-Catholic Cathedral in Satu Mare, Romania

 Swabian Turkey

Lutheranism and the Danube Swabians by Henry Fischer

The Early History & Development of the Lutheran Congregations & Church District Of Swabian Turkey, 18th Century by Gustav Schmidt-Tomka The Destruction of German Lutheranism In Swabian Turkey (Tolna, Baranya & Somogy Counties) by Heinrich Keri

Correspondence With Pastor Ronald Lommel (Lutheran Parish, Nieder-Gemünden, Hesse) by Henry Fischer

The Structure of the Village by Josef Hoben

A Brief Church History in Hӧgyész by Josef Hoben

German Evangelical Lutherans From Tolna, Somogy & Baranya in Hungary to Steelton, PA by Henry Fischer

 Syrmia & Slavonia

Rev. Weber, a Forerunner for the Protestant Daughter Communities in Croatia by Peter Lang

Beschka and Krtschedin Form an Evangelical Parent Community by Peter Lang

The Evangelical Church Croatians, Slovenians in Past and Present by Josef Pindor, Essegg, 1902 by Peter Lang

The Evangelical Church & School in Beschka After 1900 by Peter Lang

Teacher and Pastor in Beschka (also under schools) by Peter Lang

The Course of Life of Reverend Karl Peter by Peter Lang

The Nazarenes by Peter Lang

The Catholics in Beschka by Peter Lang

The Serbian-Pravoslavic church in Beschka from 1860-1968 by Peter Lang

The Reformed Church Community of Beschka by Peter Lang

Living Together with the Different Denominations by Peter Lang

Surtschin in Syrmien (Ortsausschuss der Ortsgemeinschaft Surtschin in 1980)

 Literature

LEHMANN, MICHAEL - Die katholischen Donauschwaben in den Nachfolgestaaten 1918-1945; im Zeichen d. Nationalismus. Freilassing: Pannonia-Verlag 1972, Erstauflage, 529 S.

 

[Published at DVHH.org by Jody McKim Pharr]

 Last Updated: 18 Sep 2017

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