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Banat Village Videos [29 Nov 2020]

Sanktanna Village information added, submitted by Alf Kührt: Village History, Catholic Family Registry, Immigration Records, Photo Presentation

Underway on the "global village street" by Nick Tullius [Published at 14 Sep 2015]

Settler villages built in the Banat of Temesvar from the year 1762 until the end of November 1772 [Published at 15 Mar 2015]

SW Romania Bohemian Banat Villages (Map) [Published at 15 Mar 2015]

Danube Swabians - Nationality, Citizenship, and Inter-Ethnic Relations [Published at 2 Jul 2014]

"My Mother tongue - OUR PEOPLE WRITE SCHWOWISCH - MEMORIES OF MY YOUTH IN THE BANAT": Exams in Temeswar & Village Music in the Homeland by Nick Tullius. The Banater Post published these two short stories written in the schwowisch dialect by Nick about his Banat home village of Schandrhaas.  A reminder of days gone by but still close at heart.  [Published at 20 Apr 2014]

Survivor Story: Anni Tissl Turkalak

How that hat got on top of the church
by Nick Tullius [b. Alexanderhausen] The original version of this article was written in the “schwowische” dialect of Alexanderhausen and published in the biweekly newspaper “Banater Post”, Nr. 23-24, of December 10, 2010. The English translation was done by the author. [Published at 02 Feb 2011] 

Threshing machines, steam engines and tractors
by Nick Tullius [b. Alexanderhausen] The original version of this article was written in the “schwowische” dialect of Alexanderhausen and published in the biweekly newspaper “Banater Post”, Nr. 23-24, of December 10, 2010. The English translation was done by the author. [published at 10 Feb 2011, Jody McKim Pharr] 

Settlements in the Banat (1763‑1773) [Chapter 10 from volume 3, of the book "Ethnographie der Oesterreichischen Monarchie" by Karl Czoernig, 1857] Translated by Nick Tullius 27 Oct 2008, [Published at 18 Jan 2009] 

Shift of Languages in the Works of Robert Reiter by Imre J. Balázs (Cluj/Romania). Robert Reiter, later known as Franz Liebhard) was born in 1899 in Temesvar.

The Banat – a “Penal Colony“ of Maria Theresia? by Dr. Hans Dama.  The article was written by Hans Dama in reply to a claim by Wassertheurer that the Banat was transformed into a "Penal Colony" by Maria Theresia. A version of it was published in the Banater Post. [Contributed by Hans Dama, translated by Nick Tullius [Published at 23 Sep 2008]

Ethnic Germans in the Banat: Forgotten —Yet Timely —History By Stefan Bastius [published at 01 Mar 2010]

Short History of the Nitschkydorf Church, translated by Duncan Gardiner [published at 01 Mar 2010]

Villages Lorrains En Yougoslavie
by André Rosambert, 1933 L'Illustration (French Magazine), 01 Apr 1933 N. 4700. Article of interest to Banaters, and all those who have roots from the Lorrain area. A focus on Saint-Hubert, Charleville and Seultour. [published at 15 Oct 2010]

Villages Lorrains En Roumanie
by André Rosambert, 1934 L'Illustration (French Magazine), 24 Nov 1934 - Issue N. 4786 Article of interest to Banaters, and all those who have roots from the Lorrain area. A focus on Triebswetter, Charleville and Seultour and Mercydorf.  [published at 13 Sep 2010]

Banat Villages with German Inhabitants Church name - map keys

The End of the German Banat Villages - The Anton Bedoe Zollner Series

French & German Settlers from Alsace-Lorraine, Luxembourg & Trier - includes 106 family names & a small list with statements of origin by Peter Schiff (Mercydorf 1734-1934)

Civic Culture in Banat and Transylvania (Between 1880 and 1918 an unprecedented demographic explosion happened in the towns of the region. New and numerous buildings were constructed not only in the big cities, but in small towns, too, giving them a European architectural configuration.) The Role of Timisoara in the 1989 Transformation of the Romanian   Political Order. (External Link)

Banat Danube Swabian & the Baragan-Steppe Bărăgan-Steppe

Heimattreffen Mercydorf by Michael Klaus (YouTube) 21 Sept 2013 in Gaimersheim

Danube Swabian in Bulgaria (A resettlement area)

Two postcards that the Romanians created for Hans Dama [published at 15 Nov 2012]

Adam Müller-Guttenbrunn House Museum Tour

Banater Benefit Society & Banater Athletic Club Papers, Cleveland, Ohio, 1911-1960 Erster Deutsch-Ungarischer Unterstutzungs Verein (Banater Benefit Society and Banater Athletic Club Papers, Cleveland, Ohio, 1911-1960)

Original 1921 list of the original members of the Cleveland Banater Club Deutsch Ungarischer Heim Fond

New Banat Map by Günther Philipp and Hoefer Verlag had developed this Banat Map and kindly contributed it to the DVHH.  Click the image to the right to open into a PDF file.  You may save this map to your computer.  (Günther Philipp b. Neu-Arad) [published at 10 Feb 2011, Jody McKim Pharr]

Neue Banater Bücherei by Anton-Peter Petri, 1982-1992 Series Index [published at 17 Aug 2011]

Prayer for today - A beautiful prayer in gothic script from the 1880's. (by the parish priest of Saint-Lambert church in Münster, 1883) Translated by N. Tullius  [published at 01 Mar 2010]

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

Alexanderhausen Village Photos taken the summer of 2008 by Nick Tullius

Books & Reviews   UP

Banater Kalender 2014 - The Banater Kalender 2013 is a book-type calendar with 312 pages of text and high-quality photos, on heavy, glossy paper. It is a real high-quality  piece of Banat history, than can be enjoyed  even without reading the German text.

Stefan Jäger Wandkalender 2013 (Wall Calendar) Stefan Jäger - Bilder unserer Heimat.  With 13 color prints after paintings by Stefan Jäger. Practically every month, and on this page: our name days. Order the book from or by e-mail to for 10 Euros (8 Euros cost + 2 Euros shipping).

Din Banat în Canada - Cronica unei călătorii de-o viaţă, Romanian version of Nick Tullius' - "My journey from the Banat to Canada"

Kirchweih Fest: A Donauschwaben Celebration from Europe to America by Elizabeth Walter - An illustrated narrative about the Kirchweih Fest. [published at 15 Mar 2012]

From Franzfeld to Mansfield, A Journey Through Tito’s Death Camps by Edna Schuster Becker

Banater in Südostrumänien 1951-1956. Sterbefälle im Baragan, Uwe Detemple. 1951 decreed the Romanian Interior Ministry to relocate "dangerous elements" of a 25 km wide zone along the border with Yugoslavia. 12,791 families with 40,320 persons were deported to the Baragan level in southeastern Romania. After the abolition of forced stay 1955/56, many families returned to their villages in the border region. In Baragan remained not only their homes and fields, but also their deaths. The comprehensive documentation of all 1000 deaths of Banatern from 121 villages of Banat.

Städte und Dörfer (Towns and Villages)  Editor: Elke Hoffmann, Peter-Dietmar Leber and Walter Wolf. Contributions to the settlement history of the Germans in the Banat. Series: The Banat and the Banat Swabians, Volume 5, published by the Landsmannschaft der Banater Schwaben, Munich 2011, ISBN 3-9229979-63-7, large format, 670 pages + 1 map, price € 45 - plus shipping costs.

My journey from the Banat to Canada by Nick Tullius.  In the first part of this volume, the author describes life in a Banat-Swabian village during and after the Second World War.  The second part of the book deals with the migration of the author to join his father in Canada, and his integration into the new environment.
[published at 23 Jul 2011, updated 9 Sep 2011]
Review by Hans Gehl | Review by Jody McKim Pharr 

The Shadow of Herta Müller at the Nitzkydorf Cemetery By Viorel Ilişoi, Translated by Nick Tullius 28 Oct 2009 [Published at 30 Oct 2009]

Herta Müller, 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature Recipient!  Born in Nitzkydorf, Banat.  Info and publication list.

Magdalena (Leni) Gärtner Martin *Setschanfeld. Author of "Sheltered in the Shadow of Your Wings" -review by Arlene Prunkl [published at 13 Jul 2010]

News & Notices   UP

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

Families of Barbara Hilderson - BAUER, BIER , DAMM, DIX/TIX, EDELMAYER, EICHERT, ENGELMANN, HAFNER, HEIN/HAIN, HENZEL, JOCHUM, JOST/JOSZT, KULBURG, KUHLBURGER, LAUT, MAIER, MORITZ, OCHSENFELD, PFEIFFER, SCHMIDT, SINGER, STEMPER, TASSINGER, WEBER, WEINHOFER, WELS/WELSCH, WINDENBERGER, WOLZ/WOLCZ from Banat Villages: Alexanderhausen, Arad, Baratzhausen, Billed, Bogarosch, Lenauheim, GrJetscha, GrKikinda, Hodon, Johannisfeld, Knees, Temeschburg: Fabrikstadt, Franzstadt, Warjasch.

Families of Susan Sander - Sander/Szander, Reichert, Schlee, Weisenburger, Steger, Hettman, Schmalpach, Schneider, Freher, Groo, Stolcz, Folcz, Kastner, Haiberger, Umerlin, Lais,Gruber, Lump, Hacker, Wisbar, Neu from Banat Villages: Glogowatz, Neupanat ©2003 Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands, a Non-profit Corporation.
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