A Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve Eckert Koehler

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors
Rev. Weber, a Forerunner for the Protestant Daughter Communities in Croatia
by Peter Lang
Translated by Brad Schwebler

          Rev. Weber was born in Bulkes in 1799.  He studied theology in Germany.  First he was chosen to be pastor in Sekitsch.  However this election by the Senior was not confirmed. (Gleich darauf).  In the same way in 1827 he was chosen to be pastor in Neu-Pasua.  However this election by the Senior also was not confirmed, but this time the confirmation was favored by the bishop in Budapest.  Up to the year 1882 he served there.  He achieved his greatest reward when he was honored with the golden Merit Cross by Emperor Franz Joseph.  From 1860 on he was also responsible for Beschka.  He died in Neupasua in 1883.  His gained his merit from the branch communities in Croatia for his battle for the acceptance of the Protestants.  Croatia is not mentioned in the Settlement Patent, so this land was not open for settlement by the Protestants.  Also to allow for the settlement of the Protestants in Croatia, there were heated political arguments, the first of which was successful with the Protestant Law under Emperor Franz Joseph in 1859.  This law was prepared by the Synod in 1791 and was extended to include the Evangelical and the Reformed churches.  About the year 1855 the petitions to the emperor were always more urgent.  The Hungarian Reformed church chose a real energetic tone.  Admittedly they asked "most subserviently", but the change "we are very bitter" did not sound exactly "most subservient".  The Hungarian Reformed church, which at the time possessed great political influence above all others in Hungary, demanded the release of all rebelling pastors who had languished in dungeons since 1849.  In these arguments the settlers of Pasua who had settled there in 1791, simply to be driven out with military strength.  The colonel also succeeded in impudently calling himself on imperial command when it was not to be Rev. Weber.  This was noticed by General Lontscharevitsch in Peterwardein that the colonel had no imperial order.  The people of Pasua were allowed to stay but new colonists were allowed to come to Pasua from Croatia beginning in 1859.  The Slovakians there at the time in Old Pasua were not bothered.  It can be accepted that measures were taken against the Germans and not the Protestants.  Rev. Weber was accused by his office brothers that he only put in for Protestants to be Senior.  A truly shabby reproach.  Rev. Weber was a fighter for freedom and justice.  He also protected the sects in Pasua.

Source: Beschka Homeland Book by Peter Lang; Translated by Brad Schwebler. Ortsmonographie der Gemeinde Beschka in Jugoslawien aus der Sicht der ehemaligen Donauschwaben 1860-1944; Erzhausen, Leuchter 1971 Originalleinen 155 S. u. Personenstandsregister, 26 Tafeln Erstausgabe

[Published at by Jody McKim Pharr, 2005]