Village Information


Village Names:

Official: Apatin
German: Abthausen
Hungarian: Apatin
other: Apathin, Upathin, Apati, Nagyarki

In the Serbian province of Vojvodina, southwest of Sombor, approximately 30 km south of the Hungarian border on the
banks of the Danube.

Geographical Map

Village Statistics:

Earliest Appearance in History: 1011 A.D.
Earliest German Settlement: 1337
German Settlement: 1749
Population (Germans): 2004:    20,000 (600)
                              1921:    13,435 (12,252)
                              1910:    13,136 (11,661)
                              1880:    11,973 (10,668)
Village Street Map
click map to enlarge & then a second time.


Apatin Crest

"A sketch showing that part of the Fernbach von Apatin coat-of-arms that came to symbolize Apatin itself.  Sheaves of wheat over a sunny sky with a ship and fishes below indicating the richness of the land."

Genealogy Records:

FHL microfilm numbers:  638035 – 638044  

Church records from 1826-1895 available on microfilm.
    FHL microfilm numbers:  638035 - 638044

Roman Catholic, Diocese of Kalocsa Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

See Apatin Lookup Volunteers and the books they have at:
Volunteer Look-up Guides included on the Batschka Village Index
The Apatin books I have are listed there and I also have:
    Stefan Stader's Sammelwerk donauschwabischer Kolonisten, Vol. II
    - V only (E-G), (H-Kap), (Kar-L), (M-O)

Villages in the Apatin municipality and available genealogical records:

Batsch-Sentiwan (German)
Priglewitz (German)
Sonnhofen (German)
BacsSentiwan (German)
Bácsszentiván / Bacsszentivan (Hungarian)
Szentiván / Szentivan (Hungarian)
Úrszentiván / Urszentivan (Hungarian)
Priglevica Sveti Ivan (Other)
SzentIvan (Other)
Sveti Ivan (Other)
Sentiwan (Other)
Priglevica (Other)
Preigevica Sveti (Other)
Sankt Johann an der Schanze (Other)
Batschsentiwan (Other)
Prigrevica Sveti Ivan, Yugoslavia / Serbia (Official)

Waldau (German)
Szond (Hungarian)
Szonta (Hungarian)
Belsö-Szond / Belso-Szond (Other)
Külsö-Szond / Kulso-Szond (Other)
Kis-Szond (Other)
Nagy-Szonta (Other)
Sonta, Yugoslavia / Serbia (Official)

Szilágyi / Szilagyi  (Hungarian)
Svilojevo, Yugoslavia / Serbia (Official)

Kupuszina  (Hungarian)
Bacskertes / Bácskertes (Hungarian)
(Serbian) Official

Village Heimatortsgemeinschaften (HOG):

(H.O.G. – an organization of former residents)

General information:

Apatin was the largest German colony in the Batschka and was the main base for German expansion in Vojvodina.  Apatin prospered in the 18th and early 19th centuries through trade, handcrafts and shipbuilding.  In 1756 a brewery, which still exists today, was constructed; and one of the largest textile workshops was build in 1764.  Many banks and savings institutions had been established by 1869, and as many as thirty-six brickyards existed at one time.  A railroad connected the city to Sombor and Sonta in 1912 and the shipyard was established in 1913.

Pre-WWI Hungary’s southern border extended to Belgrade.  Apatin was in the Hungarian county (megye) of Bacs Bodrog.  With the 1920 Treaty of Trianon this area was ceded to the Kingdom of Serbs, later becoming part of Yugoslavia, which splintered in 1991.

After WWII, Swabian Germans were killed, expelled or often interned in camps in Serbia or Russia.  Camps near Apatin were Gakowa and Kruschiwl. 

Today there are six hundred ethnic Germans remaining in Apatin.

Map of the 1795 flood in Apatin. . . the area inundated by flood waters is shown in red.

Deutscher Bürgerverein Adam Berenz / German Citizens Association


Apatin Village Coordinators: Beth Tolfree & Boris Masic

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