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Syrmien [German], Syrmia / Sirmium [Latin], Szerémség / Szerém [Hungarian], and Srijem [Croatian]; The Romans gave the region the name Syrmia (Srem).  Syrmien is in former Yugoslavia, currently Serbia, between the Sava (Save) & Danube (Donau) Rivers, about 80 km long & 50 km wide.  Most of Syrmia is located in the Srem & South Bačka districts of Serbia's Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. A small part of the region around Novi Beograd, Zemun, & Surčin is a part of Central Serbia. The westernmost part lies in eastern Croatia, in the Vukovar-Srijem county. 

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Last Updated: February 25, 2013

NEW: As of 17 Jul 2012, DVHH has discontinued its Membership 'Partner' level. The existing Partner page will be grandfathered into their prospective regions of research for all time. In Syrmia we have:


  New Apr-May 2012: Paula Schleis, our latest Syrmia Contributor has brought to us some
  exciting new photos for the Syrmia section. More to come, so please check back!

“Two Donauschwaben Sisters” or “How we understand each other” by Dragan Gegenbauer [12 Sep 2011]

Eric Schwarz, New Village Coordinator: Schider Banovci / Schidski Banovci. Village [14 July 2011]

Neu-Pasua - Journey to the Other Schwabenland By Johannes Banzhaf. Author Johannes Banzhaf of Gütersloh, Westphalia, in northern Germany, wrote this heart-warming account. During a challenging 2,000 km trip he and his wife, Herta Fisslacker Banzhaf, took in a DKW automobile in 1938, they stopped off in Indija and Neu-Pasua to get acquainted with Johannes’s large extended family. The article was originally published in the Geislinger Zeitung (Newspaper) on July 19, 1939 and in the Stuttgarter Zeitung on August 11, 1939. Translated & Edited by Rose Vetter. Published at 24 May 2011]

Images, Krtschedin summer of 2009 taken by Dorothea Steigele

The Flame Devours Us - From the Diary of Pastor Matthias Rometsch (Chronik Neu-Pasua 1790-1945) Contributed by Gerhard Banzhaf, translated by Henry Fischer and edited by Rose Vetter. Published at 04 Nov 2009]

Neu-Pasua, A Short Homeland Book, By Mathias Huber, translated by Henry Fischer, edited by Rose Vetter. Published at 18 Aug 2009.

Obresch Village Site, Village Coordinator Eve Brown, published 29 Jul 2009; Webmaster: Ludwig Keck

The richest and best preserved wildlife habitats in the Pannonian plain

Images of Lifestyles in Syrmia

Syrmia Village Images Last Updated: February 25, 2013
See Walter Borecki's recent trip images, published at 29 Oct 2008

Agriculture in Surtschin from the book “Surtschin” Ortsbiografie der deutschen Minderheit eines Dorfes in Syrmien By: Michael Schmidt, 1980; translated by Roy Engel, contributed by Eve Brown. Published at 21 Aug 2008.

Syrmia Lookup Volunteers are now listed on the Syrmia Village Index, under the village name.

Tribute to Barbara Scheuer Wolfram, DVHH Village Coordinator for Vodjinci

Professor Oskar Sommerfeld 1885-1973 Academic Painter from the town of India (Indjija)

The Later Migration to the Syrmien village India during the Years 1836-1855 (List of Family Names, and their former residence) by Dr. Wendelin Müller

Surtschin in Syrmien - A summary and translation of portions of Surtschin: Ortsbiografie der deutschen Minderheit eines Dorfes in Syrmien published by the Ortsausschuss der Ortsgemeinschaft Surtschin in 1980. 

Journey to Freedom 1850-1943
Part 1:
(Family background)
Dautermann's of Obresch & Sklena's of Bohemia & Schwarzwald, Germany, Apfeldorf & Kupinovo
Part 2: Obresch to Camp Haid to America

Obresch - “Surtschin” Ortsbiografie der deutschen Minderheit eines Dorfes in Syrmien By Michael Schmidt – 1980, translated by Roy Engel.

Banner photo contributed by photographer Andrea Ballreich, 2007.



Syrmia & Slavonia Map

Reproduced with the permission of the author from the book "Donauschwäbische Lebensformen an der Mittleren Donau" by Hans Gehl, Marburg 2003. © Institut für donauschwäbische Geschichte und Landeskunde, Tübingen 1996 © N.G. Elwert Verlag Marburg 

Syrmia & Slavonia Village Map

Historic Settlement Map of the Danube Swabian by Hans Sonnleitner & Magdalena Kopp-Krumes; Copyrighted Danube-Swabian Culture Foundation (Brochure - April 2004, out of print) - Contributed by Hans Kopp, with permission of by Ernst Jaeger.

Syrmia Coordinator:
Eve Brown

Last updated:
25 Feb 2013 © 2003-2012 Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands, a Nonprofit Corporation
Last Updated: 25 Feb 2013
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