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

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

Teacher and Pastor in Beschka (also under schools)

by Peter Lang
Translated by Brad Schwebler

      In the Krtschedin homeland book it was also reported by Michael Medel, who came from Beschka to Krtschedin in 1907.  How long he was in Beschka I could not determine.  The same Michael Medel was in Neupasua from 1917 to 1920 and after that he was in Krtschedin again where he retired in 1921.  But before all this happened Beschka had an Evangelical and a Reformed teacher at the same time around the turn of the century.  From World War I until 1926 there was not a single German teacher.  Until 1927 the Slovakian Karl Lilge instructed in German.  He was also the Evangelical organist.  Rev. Karl Peter and the church inspector Georg Sehne made numerous trips to Belgrade to receive a German teacher.  Their efforts showed its first success when teacher Heinrich Bächer was named to be teacher in the fall of 1926.

   He came from the teachers’ learning institute of Werschetz in the Banat.  He attended the grade school in Neuwerbaß (further information in the personnel register).  A year after that he went to Altpasua and was replaced by Karl Lilge.  Rev. Peter and inspector Sehne were again frequent visitors in the Belgrade Cultural Ministry, where they thought of the proposal of carrying out a transfer from Tscherwenka to Beschka.  At first I received a refusal, and while I was at the weapons practice my appointment to Beschka came as a complete surprise.  Two scant weeks after I entered service I was surprised by the revocation and transfer back to Tscherwenka.  The revocation came without my hearing something about the transfer back.  My transfer back succeeded because the government candidate in the parliament election on 11 September 1927 did not receive enough votes from the Germans of Beschka.  So it looked like democracy at the time.

   Rev. Peter also did not remain idle in the future.  He undertook steps constantly, this time with Anton Bobosch, to receive another German teacher.  They first succeeded in 1938.  In the fall of 1938 the teacher Friedrich Kühbauch came as the third German teacher to Beschka.  Teacher Kühbauch remained until the fall of 1941 and was then a partner in the “Office of German School Ways” in Essegg.  Teachers Bächer and Lang remained until the people fled.

   Rev. Peter was Consenior after Senior Keitenbach died and outgoing Consenior Binder was made Senior (Dean) in Syrmia.  As Binder was chosen after Altker, the Syrmians chose Rev. Karl Peter to be Senior in 1937.   He now became a Seniorats vicar, at the time pastor in 8852 Rain/Lech, and Heinrich Bubenheimer from Beschka until shortly before World War II.  He was chosen as pastor to Schajkasch Sentivan around 1940.  At this time he is pastor in Steinsfeld near Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  After Rev. Bubenheimer, Johannes Poglitsch came from Franzfeld to Beschka as vicar.  He remained true to us until the end of 1942.  From 1941 on he was also an excellent German teacher at the trade school in our village.

   After Poglitsch, Vicar Peter Groß came from Beschka.  He remained until the people fled.

   Rev. Peter was the best helper and protector of the public and Evangelical interests besides Rev. Weber and Rev. Gretzmacher.  Rev. Weber served 14 years for Beschka, Gretzmacher served 38 years, and Peter served 20 years.  These three should be praised, but the others are not named because they served too short a time.  Polereczky still stood in the shadow of the powerful Weber.  Both teachers Gesell and Schumacher were well known.  Gesell oversaw the training of many teachers and was finally a representative in the Burgenland parliament.  Schumacher was later a pastor in Semlin, Senior in Syrmia, and a “Skupstina” representative in Belgrade.  (further information in the personnel register).

   It must also be briefly mentioned that the teacher was also an organist and choir leader.  But from 1942 on Miss Katharina Filippi, the organist took over, which was after she had already led several church choirs from 1931 on.  


[Published at by Jody McKim Pharr, 2005]

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