to a Jewish family.
He studied composition at the
Conservatory and at the Music Academy Budapest, composing songs and
chamber music. Conductor at the Budapest Operetta Theater.
Great achievements as an operetta composer with u.a. "The Spouse of
the Miss" (1928), "Victoria and Her Hussar "(1930)," The Flower of
Hawaii "(1931)," Ball in the Savoy "(1932). Left Germany in 1932 and
arrived in Austria, France, England and Cuba, the USA. There
he composed other operettas and wrote film scores. He had a
dramatic musical instinct and a sense of popular melodies and
a strong sense of orchestral technique. In 1936 he returned to
Poet, Catholic Priest,
Politician and Member of the Hungarian Parliament.
Rónay-Augsburger); Born 10 July 1856 in Filipowa, Batschka,
Kaisertum Österreich; died 19 January 1893 in Batsch-Sentiwan,
Königreich Ungarn, Österreich-Ungarn).
Trenton, NJ, USA
Genealogist & Author
Dennis J. Bauer was born in
Trenton, NJ. His paternal
grandparents were Donauschwaben
from the Batschka (Palanka &
Batsch). His maternal
ancestors were PA Germans, Irish
and Welsh. He holds a M.S.
degree and teaches genealogy
Researcher for 35 years.
Speciality is Trenton area
Donauschwaben, esp from Palanka,
Batschka, Austria-Hungary and
also Schuylkill County, PA
research. Authored several
Member of the Trenton &
Philadelphia Donauschwaben, the
Central Jersey Genealogy Group,
the DVHH and the Historical
Society of Schuylkill County,
Bucks County Genealogical
Society, GSP, NGS, APG..
He is presently Vice President of Cultural Affairs
of the Vereinigung der Donauschwaben, e.V. of
Trenton, NJ (www.trentondonauschwaben.com)
and serves as club genealogist and newsletter
editor. He is also a member of the Philadelphia
Donauschwaben and a long time member of the
Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands (www.dvhh.org)
and coordinates the Batschka and the Obituary
BERENZ, Father Adam,
Apatin, Batschka, † 1968 Kalotschau, Hungary
Theologian & Priest
*19 Sep 1898 - † 1968, 21.10.
Kalotschau / Hungary
Adam Berenz was born
in Apatin on 19 Sep 1898. His father was a
basket maker. He attended grade school in his
hometown and was taught by well-known
teacher-principal Josef Keiner. Following his high
school education by the Jesuits in Kalotscha, he
completed his theological studies there at the
As chaplain, Adam
Berenz temporarily served in Batschka Palanka and
Bukin. In September 1922, he was appointed as
administrator of the parish of Nova Gajdobra, from
where he was subsequently transferred as chaplain to
Kupusina, Stanischitsch and Apatin.
BINDER, Friedrich, *1916 Waldnaudorf
Historian, Reporter & Author
1916 in Waldnaudorf (Tiszakalmanfalva)
Batschka. He graduated from the
teachers college of Werschetz and
Universities of Belgrade, Vienna and
Berlin. He became a member of the German
“news report team” 1941-1945 in Hungary.
After the war he settled in Tübingen,
Germany where he became a teacher and
author of several publications on
Author of: Binder, Friedrich:
Johannes Wurtz. Der
zum 75. Geburtstag...
1983. 139 S. mit Abb.
Tfln. (14:21) Kart. — *
1908 in Waldneudorf/Batschka;
Widmung des Verf.
Full Professor at the University of Transylvania in Cluj, Banat; Peoples Spokesperson
& Hungarian Minister for National Minorities 1919-20.
THE POLITICIAN WHO FOUGHT FOR HUNGARY GERMAN DOUBLE IDENTITY
Jakob; Germanist, Volkstumspolitiker; *25 Jan 1874,
Tscheb in the Batschka; † 1933, 05.12. Budapest.
Jakob Bleyer was born into a
wealthy Donauschwaben farming
After attending the Hungarian high schools in Novi Sad
and Koldcha he studied German and Hungarian philology at
the University of Budapest, where Gustav Heinrich
(1845-1922) and Gideon Petz (1863-1943) were his main
He graduated in 1897 with a doctorate and a check for
the higher teaching.
After that he taught in Budapest and Sopron.
Das weiße Gold der Batschka, ein nachwachsender Rohstoff heute?
White Gold of
Backa, a renewable resource
A 132 page field report by Martin Butter of
Date published: 2001.
on Demand GmbH.
Martin Butter worked all his life with hemp and has now captured in writing his experience with cannabis sativa. The Danube Swabian recounts the importance this plant had for his ancestors: it cultivated the land, and its fiber, the difficulty of whose production he describes, brought prosperity and wealth as the "white gold" of the Batschka." After the war he had been producing this high quality natural fiber in Germany, until it was displaced from the market by the synthetic fibres. When the drug investigators criminalized the cultivation of hemp, he had to close his business as the last hemp processor in Germany. With this book he makes a contribution to the current discussion about hemp as a renewable raw material. On the basis of his experience, he criticises the too high expectations of a quick and amateur processing of this plant. (Translation by Nick Tullius, 13 Apr 2012)
Born May 31,
1947, Havana, Cuba, is an
American lawyer, writer,
historian, a leading expert in
the field of human rights and
international law and retired
high-ranking United Nations
official. De Zayas'
work into the expulsion of
Germans from their areas in
eastern Germany and Eastern
Europe at the end of World War
II is extensive.
In 1975, he
study in the
legality of the
possibly as many
as 15 million
after World War
II, invoking the
followed by the
at Potsdam (Routledge
und Kegan Paul,
focused on the
of the British
leading to the
Germans. In the
same year, an
published by the
C. H. Beck,
this book, Zayas
approach to the
phenomenon of "population
and examined the
situation of the
from both a
De Zayas was
1764-1874, Pioneer of
the German settlers (Batschka, 1822 Apatin)
EISENHUT, Franz *
Excerpts from "Palanka an der
Translated by Rose Vetter
Franz Eisenhut was one of the most distinguished and celebrated sons of Palanka, Batschka. Palankaers of every ethnic background are very proud to count him as one of their own.
Franz Xaver Eisenhut was born on January 26th, 1857 in Deutsch-Palanka. His mother tongue was German, but he also spoke Hungarian and Serbian fluently. His father, Georg Eisenhut, wanted his son to become a merchant. However, Franz, whose artistic talent had been evident from early childhood, fervently wished to become a painter. Through the initiative of Karl Mezey, a prominent Palanka lawyer, and with the financial support of several Palanka citizens, young Eisenhut was sent to an art school in Budapest and subsequently attended the Royal Academy of Art in Munich, Germany. [more]
ELTER, Josef *
Born October 8, 1926 in Kernei, in Batschka, Yugoslavia; † January 28, 1997 in Zwettl) was an Austrian Roman Catholic priest and at the same time internationally known sculptor and graphic artist.
Started high school in Travnik, Bosnia in 1939. In 1944 was a war participant and Russian prisoner of war, then studied philosophy and theology in St. Pölten. In 1954 was ordained a priest, chaplain in Gastern and Dobersberg and from 1957 chaplain and pastor in Traunstein. He was the Dean of the Ottenschlag, title of professor in 1993 and Monsignor in 1994, He died January 28, 1997, Zwettl. Lots more
The Fernbachs were a
large and influential family in the Batschka and in
Apatin whose origins can be traced to Marlen and
Goldscheuer in Baden-Wurttemberg.
The patriarch of the Batschka Fernbachs was Johann
Georg Fernbach born about 1733 in Marlen. He and
his wife, Magdalena Endt, had ten children seven of
whom were born in Apatin. They were the
great-great-grandparents of Balint (Valentin) Janos
Fernbach born in 1871.
Valentin Fernbach was called the “Deichgraf” or
“dike count” because he drained swampland between
Apatin and Sonta. He created 10,000 Joch (one Joch
is a little less than half a Hectare) of farmland by
building dikes and pumps so that in case of flood
the water could be drained out of the farmland. In
this way he created his large fortune.
Written by Boris
by Annette Schwindt.
Complete story & photos
Josef Flock. Donauschwaebischer Heimatverlag Aalen,
Wuerttemberg, Germany. 1958.
nee Hoeger *1936 Gakowa
Speaker & Author
Born 1936 Gakowa, married to George Flotz.
Memories from Gakowa
"A Pebble in my Shoe" is similar
to the Memories but much more detailed, etc. It
also contains the story of my husband, George, who is
from Bezdan and whose family left their town in Oct.
1944 before the camps started. His story is just
as interesting as mine.
Hardcover is $25.00
Paperback is $15.00 plus postage/handling. Contact:
Unserer Hande Arbeit: 200
Berufe Der Donauschwaben Aus
Der BATSCHKA (German)
work of our hands": 200
occupations that Danube
Swabians a from the BATSCHKA"
Author: Konrad Gerescher (Language: German) 103
pages. Publisher: Gauke
1981. ISBN: 3879980403.
GRUBER, Father Wendelin
Jesuit Priest, Traveling
Pastor, Missionary, Editor,
The man was a saint!
Father Wendelin Gruber was born
on February 14, 1914 in the
German village of Filipowa in
Batschka. He joined the Society
of Jesus in 1934 and was
ordained a priest in Rome in
On August 14, 2002, he died at
the age of 89 in the hospital in
Claws of the Red Dragon by Father Wendelin Gruber
An account of his experiences and
observations at the hands of Tito's Partisans in
Yugoslavia from 1944-48, regarding
the murder of 200,000 Banat Swabian civilians in Serbia.
Translated by Frank Schmidt
Theologian, Priest &
Born 1913 in Hodschag, Batschka.
He became a theologian and was ordained
as priest in 1936. After the war he
resided at the dioceses in Linz,
Austria. His work in church history of
the Donauschwaben is of great
in Neu Werbass, Batschka
in Neu Werbass, Batschka studied in
Belgrade, Vienna, Heidelberg and
Mannheim. He became on of the
important journalist of the
Donauschwaben. His contributions as such
are near endless. He became one of the
leaders of the refugee tracks and one of
the authors of the Charta of the
by painting János
Hauk 1958, contributed by Yvonne
HOLDEN, Anne Jung
In Search of a Warm Room
An unforgettable story of her
family's life as ethnic Germans in pre-WWII
Yugoslavia. This story of exile and suffering in
Yugoslavia toward the end of World War II
attests to the fact that Jews were not the only
ethnic group targeted during the war.
Publishing (NC) 2002. ISBN:
HOLLINGER, Rudolf -
13, 1910 Temesvár ( German
Timişoara), Kingdom of
Hungary, Austria-Hungary, †
January 7, 1997 Langenau,
Germany ). During the period of
National Socialism, he was the
chief editor of "volkisch
publications" in the Kingdom of
spent his childhood partly in
the countryside, in Banatsko
Veliko Selo and Kikinda in the
former Yugoslavia, partly in
Temesvár. After graduating from
the German State Gymnasium
Timisoara he studied law in Cluj
from 1929-1930, then German and
English literature and moved to
Vienna in 1930. Here he turned
to the study of Italian,
Swedish, ancient Egyptian
language and Sanskrit. In 1934
Hollinger received his doctorate
with the work The Till
Eulenspiegelbuch of 1515. His
spiritual and social problems.
HÜGEL, Christian Ludwig *1915 in Neu Schowe, Batschka
Teacher, Historian & Writer
Born 1915 in Neu Schowe,
Batschka. Graduated from the teachers
college of Werbass and became a teacher
of Germanistic in Belgrade. He became a
POW after the war and moved to Backnang,
Germany where he was active as teacher.
His special interest was youth education
and devoted many hours as writer of many
papers on Donauschwaben history.
Jakob Hunsinger, 78,
of Mansfield, Ohio, died Saturday,
July 21, 2012 at his home. Born
June 17, 1934 in Cservenka,
Yugoslavia he was the son of
Peter and Margaret (Michl)
Hunsinger. He came to the United
States on March 15, 1952. A
veteran of the United States
Army, he retired from Tappan and
was a member of St. Peter's
Lutheran Church. He was also a
54 year member of the
Liederkranz spending over 40
years as their President and was
very active playing soccer and
later serving as
a mentor to the soccer teams
while also participating in the
golf league, bowling league and
the Liederkranz dance group. He
was also a lifetime member of
the AMVETS. [More]
JANJETOVIC, Dr. Zoran
Zoran Janjetovic was born in
1967 in Zagreb. Since 1994 he
has been working as a research
assistant at the Institute for
Modern History of Serbia in
Belgrade. His research
focuses on national minorities,
especially the Germans, in
Yugoslavia during the inter-war
period and during the Second
World War. [More]
Author & Resource Contributor
Swabian and the book he had published "The
Last Generation Forgotten and Left To Die."
the generations who
were denied, the opportunity to learn more about
*1930 Tscherwenka, Batschka
Illustrator & Cartographer
Born 1930 in Tscherwenka, Batschka.
She her education was interrupted
by the war like so many of the children
in her age group. After the war she
lived in Munich and assumed a position
at the Siemens Company there. She became
interested in art and studied painting
and drawings and drew many Donauschwaben
personalities like Ludwig Kremling,
Stefan Kraft, you find here. Her real
talent surfaced as an illustrator of
many publications and the creation of
the many of our wonderful maps you can
admire on this site.
Settlement Areas of the Danube Swabians including
Villages; contributed by Magdalena Kopp-Krunes
Sebastian * 1908 Batschka
was born August
10, 1908 in
early and he
attended the art
1930 to his home
had to fulfill
service in the
When his area
was ceded to
Hungary he then
had to serve in
1943 in the
to draft her
he was assigned
to a German
reporter unit. [More]
Apatin und seine
by Josef Mayer published 1983, brief introduction by
author in German many photos of the community and residents,
and former Apatiners in Germany,
the U.S. and elsewhere.
[out of print]
MARTINI, Adam *
Camp Survivor, Speaker & Resource Contributor
has been very generous with his
time and contributions to the
DVHH project, which generations
to come will enjoy and
Hans Martini translates.
The Collected Works of Adam Martini & Hans Martini
Dr. Viktor *
Die Deutschen der Gemeinde
Feketic-Feketitsch"The Germans of the
Community of Feketic /
by Dr. Viktor Pratscher, 1936
Herausgegeben vom Festausschusz
Translation by Brad Schwebler
His majesty King Peter II
The motto of the Germans of
"Be loyal to the nation and the
(Taschenbuch). ISBN 10:
"What is happening in
your life down there, so
This recurring question of
his children prompted the
author Danube Swabian origin
to the transcript of his
childhood and youth memories
The result is a sensitive
and impressively written
A picture and partial draft
of the ironically cheerful
carefree years, but
eventually learned that in
light of the turmoil of
World War II and the postwar
years a dramatic change.
Last remains only the
Resource Contributor &
has been a part of the
DVHH since it began!
Brad is fluent in English and
German; and has translated
and contributed an enormous
amount of cultural and
historical works for the
SCHWEND, Josef P. *Apatin
Born in Apatin, resides in
Due to Mr. Schwend's enormous
research into the families of Apatin,
researchers worldwide have been the benefactors of
his compilations. His own roots run very deep
Apatin Familienbuch 1700-1945
Apatin Taufregister (all
SCHUY, Jakob *Apatin
ca. 900 pages.
Familienbuch Apatin in der Batschka 1750-1825
$80 (U.S.) includes
shipping (no checks please)
Breslauer Str. 12
SENZ, Josef Volkmar
Historian & Author
Senz was born on February 22,
1912, in Apatin, the largest
German community in Yugoslavia
in Batsckha (as the Senz-preferred
marking of the Batschka
landscape, today in northern
Elementary School in Apatin and
entry into the Serbian-language
Teacher Training Center in
He lost both parents before
completing his vocational
earned a teacher's diploma in Sombor
in 1931, he worked until the
destruction of Yugoslavia (April
1941) from 1931 as a teacher in
Sonta, from 1935 in Filipowa
(now Bački Gračac) in the
In everyday school life and in
evening lectures, he sought to
increase the knowledge of his
own culture and history in the
young Danube Swabians and to
convey to their own sense of
Lectures before teacher
conferences and contributions to
the educational magazines
He published history and home
history in "Our School"
(Neusatz, from 1928), in
(Neuwerbaß, from 1939 under the
writing of Adalbert Karl Gauss)
and in "Volksdeutscher educator"
(Budapest, from 1942).
Senz died in 2001 in a
retirement home in Straubing.
Historian & Author
Born September 21, 1936 in Filipowa, Batschka, today belonging to the Republic of Serbia
Batschka. Son of a teacher
Father Josef und Margarethe Senz, geb.
1941 His father Josef Volkmar Senz was one of
the most important historians of the Danube
Escape of the family via Sudetenland and Saxony to
1947-1956 visit to the Thurmair-Gymnasium in
Straubing, where he graduated.
Studied history, German and geography at the
universities of Munich, Marburg and Würzburg (exam
The subject most interesting to him is the history
of Southeast Germany and thus of the Danube
Substantially influenced by teachers were Prof. Dr.
Harold Steinacker (1875-1965), and Dr. med.
Georg Stadtmüller (1909-1985), who made a name for
himself as a connoisseur of Hungarian history.
Numerous articles, contributions
and lectures on the subject of
Danube Swabians and their
WAGNER, Peter Max
Founder of Hilfswerk der Donauschwaben
Sebastian *1912 Filipowa, Batschka
Dr. Theology & Speaker
Born 1912 in Filipowa,
Batschka. He studied Theology and
Philosophy at the University of Agram.
Toward the end of the war he became one
of the track leaders on flight from the
Russians and settled in Vienna. There he
became a spokesmen for the refugees and
continued his education in Vienna. His
particular interest was in Vojvodina and
the Banat. He contributed in many
varieties of capacities to the cause of
Georg *1929 Filipowa, Batschka
Survivor, Historian & Author
Born 1929 in Filipowa,
Batschka. He became one of the students
of Josef Volkmar Senz in Neu Werbass and
became a slave laborer during the post
war years in communist Yugoslavia. He
managed to flee from Yugoslavia in 1946
and came to Linz, Austria where he
continued his education in Theology and
Philosophy in Linz, Austria, at the
University of Gregoriana in Rome and
later in Salzburg. His résumé is endless
and he received teaching seats at
several Universities. Among his many
works are the four volumes of “Der
Leidensweg der Donauschwaben” known to
us as short version of “Genocide”.
Historian, Sociologist & Author
Wüscht, Johann Born 12 August 1897, Militisch, Batsckha. Died 1976 in Koblenz, Germany.
Head of the Documentation of the Southeast Federal Archives in Koblenz, Ger.
Between the two world wars, Johann Wüscht successfully conducted a social policy that ensured the social survival of the German ethnic group in Yugoslavia, by the establishment and administration of a central association of rural welfare cooperatives. This organization collaborated very closely with similar aspirations of the majority population, respecting ethnic independence. As a sociologist and historian he published basic works on the social and economic structure of the Danube Swabians living in the closest links with other nationalities in a multinational space. After 1945 and after a long stopover in Straßburg, Wüscht joined the Federal Archives in Koblenz, where he has been establishing the "Südost-Dokumentation“ ("South East documentation") since 1957. [More]
to index and biographies were made by
Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Einhorn
30 Oct 2020