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

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

People of Feketitsch in Foreign Lands

by Dr. Viktor Pratscher
Translated by Brad Schwebler


     (When one thinks that many families still settled here after 1860, so that the number of those who moved away can still be estimated higher.)

     Especially towards the end of the last century many of our Germans began to seek their luck in a foreign country.  Many more families wandered to Beschka, Hajduschitza, Franz-Josefsfeld, etc.  Besides that our industrious maidens were courted and married there.  Also a slow and constant migration back to Sekitsch could be observed.)  Where from????

     Many went to Germany looking for work, almost exclusively as seasonal farmers in the farmland.  They saved so much there that they could build a house at home.  That is why a "Deutschländer" (Germany) Street existed from 1903 to 1913.  Many finally also stayed in the old homeland.

     However since the turn of the century the destination of our immigrants has been to the praised land of unlimited possibilities: the United States of America.  However, from there there was no easy way back as from Germany.  At the outbreak of the World War there were several hundred of our Germans in America.  For a large part of them their luck good.   They obtained considerable prosperity which they had never achieved at home with God's help and through their German diligence.

     The intimate connection with their homeland village showed that they were prepared to help after the terrible war by donating their gifts to the poor of Feketitsch from whose ranks they had come from for the most part.  They sent 104,350 Kronen for the poor and for the purpose of the church congregation.  The sum with which they thought of their relatives in cash and presents made up many of the above mentioned amounts.  More than a dozen of our American relations bought the Meierhöfe Salasch at home, which a farmer could be proud of.  The largest group of them lived in Brooklyn, where they lived in a city quarter next to each other.  Many others are in Detroit, Cleveland, and in other cities of the United States.  Many were to come back to visit in the old homeland, or let their parents come over.  Several also stayed here, but it cost them trouble to find their local relations again.  Our fellow countrymen are mainly busy in large knitting mills, or are owners of such.  They stand firmly in loyalty to thier homeland, beliefs, and the German mother tongue.  Likely it is to remain so in the future.

      Also, a few dozen Germans who came from Feketitsch live in Canada and Brazil.  However many from these lands were disappointed and returned.

     All of our fellow countrymen in the distance, who call Feketitsch their birthplace and homeland, are remembered at the occasions of celebrations at which we thank our ancestors and are most sincerely greeted!  

[Published at 2004 by Jody McKim Pharr]