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

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

by Peter Lang
Translation by Brad Schwebler

     The most meaningful industry in Beschka was Kniesel’s motorized mill which was driven by Sauggas?, which was already reported to have a daily capacity of 200 double hundred weight of fruit supplied from the farm.  Besides that there were three round brick ovens which however were not employed with machine power.  The bricks predominantly supplied Belgrade for an ice rink.  J. Strecker, 24 Pavelic Street, established a knitting and weaving factory which was sold after his death in 1928 to Paul Weiß, a Jew who brought the factory into full swing.  Paul Weiß died before World War II.  His heir Katona and his wife were abducted in the war by the Ustaschas in connection with the Jewish persecution at the time.  The fortunes of 121-123 Eisenbahn Street were seized by the Croatian state and administered by a marine officer.

   The Kniesel Brothers and Friedrich Dietrich enriched the neighborhood community of India with two large businesses.  The Kniesel brothers built a new mill in India about 1935.  Friedrich Dietrich married the daughter of the successful furrier Knebel in India.  From this connection of the competent salesman with the just as competent furrier existed a meaningful enterprise in which furs and parachutes were produced.  Dietrich had a new factory built in Austria after he fled in which he has 500 employees working today.  Austria honored him with the appointment to the commerce council.

[Published at by Jody McKim Pharr, 2005]

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