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Newly Updated! Joseph Esterreicher's Surname Research

Danube Swabians in Syrmien, Croatia, Slavonia & Bosnia by Dr. Valentin Oberkersch, translated by Henry A Fischer

Lutheranism & the Danube Swabians by Henry Fisher

Völkermord der Tito-Partisanen" 1944-1948" /"Genocide Carried out by the Tito Partisans" translated by Henry Fischer
Chapter 4: Tito's Starvation Camps - The Cauldron: Slavonia: Esseg-Josipowatz  | Valpovo | Djakovo | Pisanitza

Project Gutenberg's The Birth of Yugoslavia, Author: Henry Baerlein (1875-1960)
Language: English | LONDON, LEONARD PARSONS LTD., DEVONSHIRE STREET. First Published 1922 [All Rights Reserved]

The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1 (English)

The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2 (English)

Release Date: August 26, 2007 [EBook #22414] (

The Treaty of Trianon of 1920 Hungary lost 1/3 of its territory & population to Romania, Czechoslovakia, & Yugoslavia

Emigration From Somogy County To Slavonia and the United States. A sociological take on the disproportionate numbers of Swabians who left Somogy at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries and actually provides information on individuals and villages from that area (including my own grandfather). - Henry Fischer, 15 May 2008

People-German Community - Danube Swabia Homeland Association in Croatia
Ribarska 1, P.O. Box 110
HR 31000 Osijek
Tel./fax 00385 - 31 - 213610
Chairman: Nikola Mak /

Deutsche Genealogy: Donauschwaben in Slavonia [ (Online 1995 to May 2018, no longer active.)].

What is the Difference Between Slavonia, Slovakia and Slovenia?

The Croatian Region

Slavonia is a region in eastern Croatia. Croatia itself has a complex and divided history, and has been separated, re-formed, and re-imagined repeatedly over the past several centuries. The region known specifically as Slavonia is in the far east of the country, and shares borders with Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The region is known as one of Croatia’s four “historical regions” and there is a lot of history that has been preserved there, both culturally and architecturally. In terms of geography, it includes two primary rivers, the Drava and the Sava. It is a fertile agricultural area that is home to about 750,000 people. The biggest cities are Osijek and Slavonski Brod. Most people here speak Croatian.

Slovak Republic

Slovakia, known more formally as the Slovak Republic, is a small country. The capital is Bratislava, and the population is about 5.5 million. The relatively new nation began its statehood when Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993. The split was peaceful, and the two countries are not known to be rivals or antagonists today. Slovakia is bordered by Austria to the west, the Czech Republic and Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, and Hungary to the south. The official language is Slovak.

Republic of Slovenia

Slovenia, or the Republic of Slovenia as it is officially known, was created under much more dramatic circumstances. It was occupied by the Nazi forces during the Second World War, but after the Nazi defeat it fell into Communist rule and eventually became incorporated into the country that would become Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia dissolved in a bloody battle that dominated most of the 1980s and early 1990s, and the region today called Slovenia broke away from the fighting in 1991.  It has a population of about 2 million and the capital is Ljubljana. The country is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the east and Croatia to the south. People here mostly speak Slovene.

Croat letters - The full list of Croat letters, in so far as they differ from the English alphabet, is as follows:

c, whose English value is ts.
ć,   "     "      "       tch.
č,   "     "      "       ch, as in church.
š,   "     "      "       sh.
ž,   "     "      "       s, as in measure.
dž,   "     "      "     j, as in James.
gj (or dj),  "     "   j,     "   "
j,   "     "      "       y, as in you.
lj,   "     "      "      li, as in million.
nj,   "     "      "     ni, as in opinion. - Robert Jerin - E-mail: - Croatian Heritage Museum - Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Croatian Genealogy Newsletter, Issue No. 10, July 2004
This issue presents two new indexes available for Croatian parishes in Istria and Slavonia.

1- Vital Records from south central Slavonia 1714-1898 covering Bogicevci, Cernik, Nova Gradiska, Orioviac, Staro Petrovo Selo, Stivica, and Vrbje
2- STEPPING BACK: a compilation of Indexes of Vital Records from Veli Losinj (Lussingrande) Croatia 1774-1918

Landmannschaft der Donauschwaben in Kroatien; Danube Swabian Organization in Croatia  [ No longer active)]

Croatia 1660-1789 In the Treaty of Karlowitz 1699 Hungary with Transylvania and Slavonia becomes part of the Habsburg Empire.

Croatia in the Habsburg Empire

The Disappearance of Yugoslav Ethnic Germans (Volksdeutsche)

VLÖ - Verband der Volksdeutschen Landsmannschaften Österreichs

Osijek, the biggest and the capital city in Slavonia ©2003 Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands, a Non-profit Corporation.
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