Title: Children of the Danube
Author: Henry A. Fischer
Media Type: Book
Lending Status: Borrow
How Acquired: ZVA purchase for SGS
Review/Description: Henry A. Fischer grew up in a Donauschwaben home in Canada surrounded by stories of the homeland. As an adult he has invested more than two decades in Donauschwaben genealogy and history. Fortunately for him, he is comfortable in the German language, but he saw a need to bring the many German language sources to an English audience. Children of the Danube is the result. Henry uses his own family history to tell the story of the Donauschwaben in general. The book begins with a few chapters of historical fiction describing the migration to and settlement in Hungary. Then it becomes more of a conventional history describing the development of the Donauschwaben people through to their eventual demise after World War II. Henry’s book focuses on his own Lutheran family in Hungary, but much of his story applies equally to the Roman Catholics in Banat.