Two buses left
Braunau Austria for Neu Slankamen on June
2nd arriving near Beska on Friday night. We
stayed at two hotels on the Danube. The
buses were met by a representative of the
Serbian tourist bureau and he stayed with us
the whole time. We took our rental so we
could travel on our schedule.
night after our diner we were entertained by
a local band. Saturday we
went to Neu Slankamen. We were greeted by
the town officials as well as many of the
We had a special mass at the
Catholic church. Our group donated $1,000
Euros to the church. After mass we were
treated to desserts by the church women. We
were also presented with a painting of our
church will be displayed at our museum in Braunau.
||Interior of Church
We then went
to the cemetery, unfortunately it had
started to rain and I could not take many
The buses then
went into the village where people could
wander around and look at their old homes.
Many people were welcomed into their old
homes for a look see.
fortunate that we still has Croatian friends
who decided to stay after the last conflict.
One has the house next to ours and the other
has their home just down the street.
|Our First House
We also found
out our house had been purchased by a German
who had married a Bosnian Serb and we were
given a complete tour. They are restoring
the house to its original condition and we
will be providing pictures from the 1940's.
fortunate to find the old cemetery but could
not explore it because of the rain. This
cemetery has not been maintained for over 60
||Our Family Tomb
In the evening
we were treated to a talent show at the town
hall by the young children and teenagers. I
was very impressed on all the performances.
Sunday was a
day of touring the village again or going to
Belgrade. We stayed and toured our old house
and were treated to a feast by our old
At the end of
the day we toured the fire hall which had
been started by our German ancestors in the
1930's. The plaque they had erected was
thrown out but was found in the town dump
and brought back. As the person stated this
is also part of our history.
As you might
imagine this area is still very economically poor and
they welcome any visitors and their money.
problem we had was in our hotel there were
two weddings, on Saturday and Sunday night
so we had very little sleep. If you are
going to stay in the area always check to
see if there is a wedding.