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10-3 September 2005


The following is a message from researcher Rebecca Strung who is interested in Donauschwaben immigration.

I am an MA student at York University in Toronto. As part of the major research component of my degree I am researching Donauschwaben immigrants in Canada. Specifically my project involves conducting oral history interviews with Donauschwaben immigrants about their life experiences in Europe and Canada. I am particularly interested in those who emigrated from Europe in the inter-war years and just after WWII.

As my own grandparents are Donauschwaben, my interest in this subject is both personal and academic. My grandparent’s stories about the old country and my own ongoing attempt to understand my ethnic origins as a third generation Canadian are what inspired this project. While at present I have enough interviewees for my current project, I would welcome any discussion about Donauschwaben experiences in Europe and Canada in the inter-war years and just after WWII. I would also be happy to hear from any Donauschwaben immigrants who might be interested in participating in an interview in the future.

Thanks very much,

Rebecca Strung


This 1092 page volume has now been published. We had originally submitted an article on Zichydorf. The editors determined that the focus was too narrow and asked for something broader. The end result is an article on “Danube Swabians” with a couple of paragraphs on Zichydorf and Georghausen imbedded. Unfortunately, Zichydorf does not appear in the index. This once again underscores the need for us to write our own history. The encyclopedia of Saskatchewan is available for $125 CAD plus $12.50 shipping, if applicable, from Canadian Plains Research Centre, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK S4S 0A2, Phone (306) 585-5488 Toll Free 1-866-874-2257 Fax (306) 585-4699, Email: Web:


Other commitments have prevented me from concluding this project in time for the planned publication by Christmas 2005. I have many excellent contributions, but there are many families for which I have not yet found a project leader. I believe it is more important to make this book as complete as possible than to rush it into print with many families missing. This book will happen, but not for this Christmas.

Please continue your work of writing your family’s story and contact Glenn as soon as possible to coordinate your efforts. Submit your ideas for a book title and win a FREE BOOK! Please submit your old family traditional recipes to Tim Novak, 2903 Quinn Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, S4P 2W2, Phone: 306-522-2558, E-mail:


At our last Regina meeting I made mention of the Zichydorf web pages created by Helmut Kaiser and Kathy Lara. Despite their appearance in at least one, and probably two newsletters, no one at the meeting was aware of them! I am guessing that most of you reading this now are unaware also. Helmut’s site began as a web copy of the Zichydorf Ortsippenbuch compiled by Peter Noll from the original microfilm and some other sources. Kathy’s site began with the families from Liz Hugel’s translation of Johann Achtzehner’s Zichydorf history book. It appears that she has now added the people from the church records. Look for both URLs below, as well as John Busch’s Zichydorf page. As always, errors can creep in no matter how careful the transcriber is. Check the original records to be sure of any facts.


For anyone new to our group or who has somehow missed hearing about it, we have the Zichydorf church books from 1787 to the 1950s on 3CDs for $30 per set. Order from the address at the end of this letter. I am in the process of obtaining the records for the town of Kudritz, about 20 miles east of Zichydorf. If anyone else has an interest in this town and would like to share the costs please contact me.


1911 census of Canada at

Bremen passenger lists 1920-1939 t

Hamburg passenger lists at

Kathy Lara’s Zichydorf family trees page at

Helmut Kaiser’s Zichydorf family trees page at

John Busch Zichydorf page at

Austro-Hungarian Army 1848-1918

Town of Setschan

German Genealogy

More German Genealogy

Swabian recipes

Donauschwaben deaths in WW II


Some of you may remember a package of two video tapes that we acquired a few years ago. The first tape was a history of the region, while the second was a tour of Plandiste combined with some pictures from the Zichydorf history book. Ray Borschowa has converted this video to DVD format. I would like to make it available to our members, but first, I would like to produce an English translation. Is there anyone out there with a DVD player, a good knowledge of German, and time for this project? Can anyone out there advise whether it is possible to lay a new soundtrack on top of the video? Thanks for any help.


Canada’s 1911 census is now online after a long and difficult political battle. See “What’s On The Web.”


The second printing of Dr. Zoran Janjetovic’s book, Between Hitler and Tito, The Disappearance of the Ethnic Vojvodina Germans, is now available from the University of Mary in Bismarck for $25 USD per copy postpaid. This book is a well-written (in English) and well-researched look at the post-war experiences of the Donauschwaben, written by a Serb. It is a rare, impartial treatment of an issue that features strong feelings on both sides. It is 240 pp, soft cover, 5″ x 8 “, ISBN 86-906811-0-8, printed in Belgrade (Title misprint on the cover of the first printing remains!).

Send orders to: Public Affairs Office, University of Mary, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504, Phone 701-255-7500. The books will be mailed individually from Belgrade. Please allow about 4-6 weeks for delivery.


I will be working on the tour through the Fall and will present a plan before Christmas. To avoid harassing everyone with this topic, I will only send tour info to the people who have indicated an interest. If you are not on the contact list, but wish to be included, please let me know. The following people are on my contact list so far: R. Borschowa, J. Busch, B. Harle, M. Hueser, F. Dornstauder, B. Fritz, C. Cincotta, J. Mayer, E. Foulks, T. Novak, P. Engler, S. Erdman, T. Dash, S. Kragh, L. Johnston-Hill, J. Hugel, T. MacMillan, D. Halliday, D. Niedermayer, A. Niesner, J. Griffin, C. Livingstone, and D. Giroux.


No resolution yet, but I will keep working on it. At the last Regina meeting, it was suggested that we place a plaque at the site of the original colony regardless of whether succeed with the one in the city. Although a monument in the country would be invisible to the public at large, it would mark a place for the descendants who are interested. We will keep this option open for the future.


Paid for 2005: E. Flichel, J. Mayer, E. Hugel, S. Weishuhn, J. Busch, J. Molter, M. O’Brien, B. Fritz, J. Schwarz, B. Harle, G. Schwartz, D. Giroux, T. Dash, D. O’Shaughnessy, R. Borschowa, S. Kragh, D. Connelly, .A. Fulford, C. Noll, E. Mildenberger, M. Borkan, C. Ortman, J. Devine, M. Hueser, K. Hohban, D. Halliday, S. Erdman, S. Gibbard, M. Rist, K. Niedermayer, F. Dornstauder, J. Miller, N. Stetner, C. Molyneaux, K. Lambrecht, B, Schwann, J. Hugel, L. Loos, B. Anwender, A. Ritter, P. Engler, J. Meyer, D. Fleury, M. Kainer, J. Lang, T. Novak, J. Stoeber, J. Novak,, J, Hayhurst, S. Osborn-Ryan, J. McNeill, J. Frass, E. Henheffer, F. Sprager, A. Roeslein, D. Nielsen.


Please add the following to the list:

McNeil, Janice, #11 – 1410Cedar St., Okanagan Falls, BC, V0H 1R0; Phone: 250-497-6136; Fax: 250-497-6136; Email: Searching: Weismiller, Fertich

Frass, John, 4824 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC, V5V 4H4; Phone: 604-872-7941; Email:; Searching: Frass

Fleischhaker, Kevin, 1070 Deauville Crescent, Ottawa, ON, K1C 5M2, Canada, Phone: 613 824 6521, Email:, Searching: Fleischhaker, Resources: Comprehensive Family Tree

Nielsen, David, 9070 Birch Place, Delta, BC, V4C 7M4, Canada, Phone: 604-594-5834, Email:, Searching: Krottenthaler.

Keller, Justin, 3 – 2022 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 3R6, Canada, Phone: 403-283-3416, Email:, Searching these family names: Keck, Kleckner, Schonherr, Viome, Niedermayer, Just, Nießner (Niessner).

Please note the following updates and corrections:

C Joan Schwann Email:

C Barb Daniels Email:

C Carol Cincotta Email: 


Regina Branch will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, at Access Communications (Cable Regina), 2250 Park St. (north door by the ball diamonds). Mark your calendar and bring some Zichydorf friends.

Zichydorf Village Association News

edited by: Glenn Schwartz

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