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Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors



A Short History of The Danube Swabians

Le Comte de Mercy: Godfather of the Danube Swabians

The Role of the Imperial and Royal Military Frontier in the Danube Swabian Settlement History

   [Die Rolle der k. k. Militärgrenze in der donauschwäbischen Ansiedlungsgeschichte, Donauschwäbischen Kalender Project]

The Settlement of Tolna County by the Swabians (Swabian Turkey)

Temeschburg in the Battle Against the Turkish Yoke
Prince Eugene and our Old Homeland

The Early History & Development of the Lutheran Congregations & Church District Of Swabian Turkey in the 18th Century

Colonization of the Banat Following its Turkish Occupation [Particular emphasis on emigration from Lorraine & Luxemburg]

The 'Ship of Girls' (Moidle-Schiff)  [Swabian girls from the Black Forest!

Migration Voyage, The Danube & The Ulmer Schachteln

The History of the Batschka
Batschka The History - The Oldest Time [12 chapters]
Prehistory of Syrmien/Syrmia/Srem

Florimund Claudius Graf Mercy (1666-1734) ~ "Count Mercy – Colonizer and Governor"

Lutheranism and the Danube Swabians

Emperor Josef II by Dr. Viktor Pratscher

1747 Map of the Kingdom of Hungary with its Fortresses

Settlements in the Banat (1763‑1773)
The First German Settlers in the Banat Community of Bogarosch [Banat Emigration lists of the Viennese Court Chamber]

The Banat – a "Penal Colony" of Maria Theresia?
The History of the German Lutheran Congregations In the Banat
French & German Settlers from Alsace-Lorraine, Luxembourg & Trier, (106 family names & list with statements of origin)
Danube Swabians in Syrmien, Croatia, Slavonia & Bosnia [History of the Danube Swabian of former Kingdom of Yugoslavia]
Specifications of goods & tools, supplied to a colonist

Szeghegy - Emperor Josef II signing the Settlement Patent*

Joseph Platter's Petition

Histoire de l'Autriche-Hongrie by Louis Léger, 1879 [A History Austria-Hungary From The Earliest Time to the Year 1889]

German Settlements in Eastern Europe by Duncan B. Gardiner, Ph.D., C.G.





Statistical Maps of Hungary [Based on the Census data 1880/81 designed & drawn by Ign Hatsek, published 1882.]

Our Mail in the Changing World (until November 1983)

The Garrison of Dresden was destined to be sent as prisoners of war to the Bannat of Temeswar - 1814

The Petition of Bogarosch of 1849 - [The first political step made by the East Swabians.

The Swabians in Syrmia & Slavonia, [Die Deutshen in Syrmien, Slavonien, Kroatien & Bosnien by Valentin Oberkersch]

Orphans Foundation - 1873, Doctrine for the Orphans of Szeghegy (Sekitsch)

Zarev Brod (Endje) A German Minority Community in Bulgaria




Treaty of Trianon 1920 Now includes the map "German Settlement Areas in History Hungary" by John Koehler, Sr.

A Watershed in Danube Swabian History by Henry Fischer

Diminution of Germans in Trianon Hungary

Hungaria 896-1918 [Mechanical postcard representing the boundaries according to the Treaty of Trianon.] Very Cool!

"Peter Max Wagner" Batschka Donauschwaben Spokesperson - "Founder of "Hilfswerk der Donauschwaben"

The Danube Swabian Crest (Coat of Arms) 1950 - Originator Hans Diplich

Map of the German ethnic minorities in East-Europe in 1932

Villages Lorrains En Yougoslavie by André Rosambert, 1933. [Banaters, a focus on Saint-Hubert, Charleville and Seultour.]

Villages Lorrains En Roumanie, 1934 by André Rosambert. Translation of Article (see above info) 

Banat in the News: Germans March into Rumania to Eat [Newspaper Article 1941] by Theodore Andrica

Treatment of the Germans in Feketitsch by the Serbs, simply titled . . . "Documentary" by Mr. Jakob Göettel (Nov 17, 1944)
Die Verschleppung (the Kidnapping) 1945, by Stefan Jäger Deportation to Russia
Atrocities Against The Danube Swabian in Yugoslavia - Starting in 1944
     Ethnic Cleansing in Europe: 1944-1948 [Civilian Internment Camps; Deportation to Labor & Liquidation Camps.]

Displaced Persons' Camps in Post War Europe

From the West to the East and from the East to the West: identity avatars of the French Banaters

The Destruction of German Lutheranism In Swabian Turkey (Tolna, Baranya and Somogy Counties)

The Fate of the Germans in the Banat After the Coup of August 23, 1944 by Wilhelm Weber

Banat Danube Swabian & the Baragan-Steppe [Twice victimized of deportation, in 1945 & 1951 Baragan-Steppe]
         Compulsory Relocation to the Baragan
         Deportation to the Bărăgan 1951-1956 [Konschitzky]
         And Over Us The Endless Blue Sky [Weber]: Baragan data, incl.: map, deaths; deportees; & new village plans
         Situation in the (Romanian) Banat in the 1945-1950
         The Village of Klopodia & the Baragan Steppe
         Deportation to the Baragan - 50 years on
         Mass Horror, 1952 (Referring to the Deportation to the Bărăgan 1951-1956)
Communist Ghosts by Anonymous
Journey Into The Unknown "1983" by Anton Bedoe Zollner

The Inter-War Years and the Fate of the Danube Swabians in Yugoslavia





Posted March 2, 2020

Hans Dama and the Banat Encyclopedia

The Timişoara branch of the Romanian Academy of Sciences invited Hans Dama to work as a contributor to the "Banat Encyclopedia" (“Enciclopedia Banatului") to coordinate the contributions on various topics such as educational institutions, educational systems, history, church, art, tourism, administration, folklore, science, etc. as well as German personalities from the undivided Banat, with the help of compatriots from various expert groups. Dama sees this as an opportunity to present more deserving Banater personalities and their merits to the cause of Banat Germans in the encyclopedia and thus also familiarize the Romanian-speaking readers with them. ~Nick Tullius

Well deserved Hans!

   Remembering the deportation of Romania-Germans to the USSR: a European legacy
       Luxembourg photographer Marc Schroeder met and photographed 40 survivors.

    The current situation of the Hungary-Germans

International exhibition of the colonization of Swabians (300 years), at the Banat Museum

"Dunai Sváb Falvak Segítő Kezei. Kötelékek, amelyek világszerte összefűznek" [E]: "Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands - The Ties That Bind – Worldwide" was written for the Hungarian "Honismeret" historical journal, in the celebration of the 300th anniversary of  the colonization of Danube Swabians. Translated to Hungarian by Erik Glässer. See pg 16 of the article, along with other Danube Swabian articles.

Ethnic Germans in the Banat: Forgotten—Yet Timely—History [The Barnes Review, 2003]

Banat Swabians, Danube Swabians and Their Future, 2005

100th Year Banater Swabian in Austria 1907-2007 Photo Collection

100th Year Banater Swabian in Austria 1907-2007

Danube Swabian Memorials & Monuments

Danube Swabian Museums & Theatres

2011 DVHH Gets Mention in Prestigious Genealogy Magazine

2011 Nov - German-language theatre scene in the Banat. Organizer: Hans Dama

Ute Ritz-Deutch, "Victimhood & Memory: Danube Swabians & the Ethnic Cleansing Campaigns in Yugoslavia, 1944-1948"

Ann Morrison, The Forgotten Genocide, 2010, A documentary about the ethnic cleansing of the German populations in Eastern Europe after WW2. 1st viewing Feb 2010 Millions Cried . . . No One Listened . . .

The Danube Swabians, A Documentary Film, Written and Directed by Marko Cvejic, Mandragora Films, Serbia

O Podunavskim Svabama / Uber die Donauschwaben /About the Danube Swabians (Book Review)

  Danube Swabians in Bulgaria, Coordinated by Rose Vetter and Anton Laigep


External Links: 

Die Donauschwäbische Kulturstiftung (DKS) [Danube Swabian issues, particularly changes in the Vojvodina/Serbia.]

Proposed law on restitution: Non-Official translation ["Draft Law on Property Restitution and Compensation"  Attention: All those Germans who lost property after World War II, are eligible to apply for restitution or compensation. All who do not have documentation of property ownership may seek in the Serbian archives. Best regards, Boris Masic, DVHH Apatin Village Co-Coordinator. 16 Aug 2011]

Corvinus Library - Hungarian History www.hungarianhistory.com/

Landsmannschaft der Banater Schwaben e.V. (Territorial Association of the Banat Swabians) www.banater-schwaben.org/

Austro-Hungarian Land Forces 1848-1918 www.austro-hungarian-army.co.uk/index.htm

Civic Culture in Banat & Transylvania (Between 1880 and 1918 an unprecedented demographic explosion happened in the towns of the region. New and numerous buildings were constructed not only in the big cities, but in small towns, too, giving them a European architectural configuration.) The Role of Timisoara in the 1989 Transformation of the Romanian Political Order.

Published at DVHH.org by Jody McKim Pharr

Last Updated: 25 Feb 2021

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