Apatin, a Donauschwaben Metropolis on the Danube
By Hans Kopp

     The Danube was the trade route of the Donauschwaben commerce prior to World War II. By 1935 the fleet in Apatin had reached a capacity of 50,000 tons, which was 10 % of the Yugoslavian capacity at the time. By 1940, the ship building industry in Apatin, with several ship yards, took a leading role in Yugoslavia. The fish industry was flourishing. The fish were no small fry along the Danube. Fish were delivered up the river as far as Budapest. The Danube was also used to transport timber, in addition to grain exports to ports connecting the world, Apatin.

Apatin, once the center of the colonization of the Danube Swabians two hundred fifty years earlier, had become the center of the Russian’s Danube crossing in October of 1944. Although unsuccessful, thousands of soldiers lost their lives and the blood they shed made the Danube flow red.

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The idyllic banks and river flow, showing the bustling activities on the Danube.


Part of a large section of the shipyard showing a huge freighter being build.


The busy harbor of the town hinting large activities.


Today’s catch of the fishermen is weighted and recorded.


No small fry was caught in Apatin as this picture proves.


The harbor after the days work.


Transportation of wood on the Danube was often an undertaking.


The famous Apatin Danube Mills, shown here in operation. When the mills were idle they were turned so the water would not actuate the wheel of the mill.



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