Deutschbentschek, 1956


Zita Johann in The Mummy

 Did you know?

Bentschekers believe they have the nicest pub," and "the most beautiful Kirchweih hats are worn by those living in Bentschek."  So it was written in the 1924 Donauschwäbischer Volkskalender

The annual Kirchweih festival was held to commemorate the dedication of the village church.  The Kirchweih hats were decorated with flowers by the young women of the village and worn by the young men on the festival day.

The first homesteaders from the Banat to settle in southwest North Dakota—those arriving between 1889 and 1892—came from Deutschbentschek (Dreyer and Hatter).

Zita Johann, film and stage actor, perhaps best known for her starring role with Boris Karloff in The Mummy (1932), was born Elisabeth Johann on July 14, 1904, in Deutschbentschek.  Her parents were Stefan Johann & Magdalena Zimmermann.  The family moved to the United States in 1910.

In 1934, it was a Chicago barber from Deutschbentschek who gave John Dillinger his last shave and haircut.


Agatha Scheirich, my grandmother

My grandmother was born in Deutschbentschek in 1886 and, nineteen years later, left her village for America. 

I hope this village page will bring together people with Deutschbentschek roots.  Please, if you have questions or have information to contribute—photos, stories, sites, historical data, family information—let me know.

     Jane Ehardt Moore

   Village Coordinator




    News & Recent Additions...

March 2019:

  HOG Deutschbentschek Heimattreffen 2019
Karlsruhe, Germany, August 31, 2019
See Bulletin Board for details.

2019 Landesverband Tag der Donauschwaben USA & Canada
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, August 30-September 1, 2019
See Bulletin Board for details.


  The Family History Library's microfilm copy of the original 1799-1852 Deutschbentschek Catholic Church records is available online. (517 pages in Latin, German, or Hungarian)
Included are baptismal, marriage, and death names and dates; witnesses or godparents; residences; and sometimes occupations. The table format facilitates understanding the Latin, German, or Hungarian entries.
Create a free FamilySearch account to view the film online.
    The Deutsche Ungarische Kalendar List is available online. (1192 entries in English)
"The Deutsch-Ungarische Kalendar was a publication produced in the US for immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian territories of the Banat, Batschka, Syrmien, and other co-located regions. The Kalendar subscribers for the years 1943, 1940, and 1952 are included [in the database, along with originating villages and US residences]."
Extracted by Karen Dalton Preston from information provided by David Dreyer.

February 2019:

  New Family Pictures contributed by Elaine Kramer Robbins.


    Elaine Kramer Robbins added to the Family Registry.






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Last updated: June 17, 2019