Thanks for sharing the information not only about your family Rose but also
some of the details about this little known aspect of our common heritage as
Danube Swabians and the inter-connectedness of the various areas of
settlement, migration and expansion over the years. It helps to make
"their" story "our" story too.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rose Vetter" <rosevetter(a)gmail.com>
To: "DVHH-L" <donauschwaben-villages(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:36 AM
Subject: [DVHH] Donauschwaben in Bulgaria
Hello Stephanie in Australia,
"My (g) grandparents were originally from Triebswetter and then Sredichte
in Yugoslavia but eventually travelled onto the donauschwaben villages in
Bulgaria-- Gostilya and Badarski Geran".
The above comment you shared about your great grandparents piqued my
interest, because I have yet to hear from any list members who
have Donauschwaben ancestors in Bulgaria and there is very little
information out there except on Wikipedia and a German web page by Dr.
It's a little known fact that there were small, but notable German
settlements in Bulgaria. The reason for this was probably the fact that
these settlers formed part of a secondary migration, as they did not come
directly from Germany, but from Austria-Hungary, Romania and Russia.
Donauschwaben began to settle in several Bulgarian villages in the late
century, following the invitation of King Ferdinand who was of German
Before the turn of the last century, the family of my maternal grandmother
ventured from Temerin in the Batschka to the Bulgarian village of Endzhe
Endje (later named Tsarev Brod) in the province of Shumen, where they were
able to buy cheap fertile land. At that time many Turks were returning to
the Ottoman empire and were offering their land at bargain prices. My
mother was born in this village. However, when she was two years old, her
mother died in childbirth. Her father remarried and returned to the
Batschka with his children and new wife. The rest of the clan eventually
returned to the Batschka as well, with the exception of two of
my grandmother's brothers - one went to America, the other to Brazil.
in Richmond, BC
"homeland of choice";place or region where an individual feels at home but
which is not his original Heimat .
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