Kleinjetscha in Banat


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The Schwaben Joy 
We Schwabens like to make merry
And today we rejoice in life
We want now at the sound of music
In happy spirits [celebrate] life with song
We happily sing the Schwaben joy
We sing it with all our hearts
We also sing many a song
In which the Schwaben pride blooms
Therefore we call out loud
Schwaben folk
Life is a joy
  Die Schwaben Lust 
Wir Schwaben wollen lustig sein
Und Heute uns des Lebens freuen
Wir wollen jetzt bei Musik Klang
In froh sin Leben mit Gesang
Wir singen froh die Schwaben lust
Wir singen sie aus voller Brust
Wir singen auch so manches Lied
In welchen Schwaben Stoltz aufblüht
Drum rufen wir Hoch
Schwaben Leut
Das Leben ist a Freut

A dance performed in Schwaben costume in the Kleinjetscha meadow
Taught by teacher Anna Schiepper to Barbara Hui and translated by Kathy Plourde


    Did you know?
  Johann Braun, the first known homesteader from the Banat to settle in southwest North Dakota, was born in Kleinjetscha in 1857.  In 1889, he filed his claim for land in Stark County, North Dakota (Dreyer and Hatter).

In 1866, there was a reading club with 25 newspapers in Kleinjetscha (Zenz 1969).

Between 1890 and 1910, the Kleinjetscha boys choir toured and performed in Europe and America (
Giel 2001).

ccording to the 1924 Donauschwäbischer Volkskalender, "the best bone doctors are in Kleinjetscha."




Johann Ehardt, my grandfather


My grandfather was born in 1880 in a Banat village he called Nemeth. His parents and three generations of his grandparents, however, had lived in Kleinjetscha.
I hope this village page will bring together people with
Kleinjetscha roots.  Please, if you have questions or
information to contribute—photos, stories, sites,
historical data, family information—let me know.


 Jane Ehardt Moore
 Village Coordinator


News & Recent Additions...

March 2019:

  2019 Landesverband Tag der Donauschwaben USA & Canada
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, August 30-September 1, 2019
See Bulletin Board for details.

Thirty-eight 2017 village photos added to Norbert Neidenbach's Kleinjetshcha web site.

The Family History Library's microfilm copy of the original 1799-1852 Kleinjetscha Catholic Church records is available online. (554 pages in Latin, German, or Hungarian)
Included are baptismal, marriage, and death names and dates; witnesses or godparents; residences; and sometimes occupations. The table format facilitates understanding the Latin, German, or Hungarian entries.

Create a free FamilySearch account to view the film online.

 The Deutsche Ungarische Kalendar List is available online. (1192 entries in English)

"The Deutsch-Ungarische Kalendar was a publication produced in the US for immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian territories of the Banat, Batschka, Syrmien, and other co-located regions. The Kalendar subscribers for the years 1943, 1940, and 1952 are included [in the database, along with originating villages and US residences]."

Extracted by Karen Dalton Preston from information provided by David Dreyer.

New Family Photos and Village Photos contributed by Kathy Plourde.





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Last updated: April 29, 2019