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

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors
The Course of Life of Reverend Karl Peter

by Peter Lang
Translation by Brad Schwebler

          He was born on the 20th of November 1894 as the oldest son of two children from a respectable locksmith family.  (Reg. No. 1461)  The parents let both children study and both were pastors.  After public school in Tscherwenka he attended grammar school in Halas where he graduated cum laude (with praise).  He frequented the universities in Preßburg and Leipzig where he studied theology.  He spent his time as vicar in Bösing near Preßburg and in his homeland community of Tscherwenka under the venerable Rev. Johannes Stiegelmar.  From Tscherwenka he went in 1921 to look after the orphaned community in Sombor where I had the luck to be a student of the Serbian teacher's seminar and got to know him.  It was a dreadful time for me because I had to convert from Hungarian (in Baja) to Serbian.  The kind of young vicars at the time associated with the youth, which was encouraged by my little fellow German students.  I don't want to leave unmentioned his work in Beschka and in the Syrmian Seniorat after the people fled.  In Bavaria he next looked after a Hungarian prison camp where he was under the highest Hungarian government members and generals.  Then he gathered the Evangelical refugees in Riedenburg and surrounding area and established a new Evangelical community.  Again he showed his organizational abilities and built an adorned church, a parsonage and a youth home.  Finally he also built his own home.

[Published at by Jody McKim Pharr, 2005]

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