An interesting note about the East Germans since the
German reunification. The former West Germans" call them
"Ossies" meaning, Easterners.
There has been a problem with very high unemployment in the former East
Germany since 1990 because of shutdown of inefficient factories and
introduction of new methods.
Those who had cousins who were among the approximately 700,0000
Sudetens who ended up in East Germany (they were not permitted to form eimat
Societies like those in West Germany and many of them lost interest in their
own ancestry and traditiion) may now face an even more difficult
circumstance when trying to track them and their descendants if their descendants are
working as guest workers in the Balkans and Tyrol as well as in Scandinavia
(Scandinavia actually sends work recruiters to Germany).
I have not studied resources about the families that ended up in East
Germany. I know that Herr Rainier Maas, who may be a list memnber, is aware of
genealogical records of Sudeten families compiled in Dresden (Saxony). The
reference to the Saxon accent that the German guest workers have may indicate
that Saxony is one of the German areas where many of them originate.
Some if these guest workers may end up staying in the countries in which
they work and "feel at home" very quickly.
If there are any German list members who can tell us how Germany is
documenting the migrations of the "Ossies" it would be important information for
members with connections to those families.
Cross posted from the H-GERMAN list:
As Christiane Wilke notes, the emigration patters of "Ossis" is much
more complex than Prof. Weinberg suggests in his initial posting.
"Ossis" are not only recruited to work in Scandinavian countries but
also to labor in Austria. Thousands of "Ossis" are now the
"Gastarbeiter" of choice for the Austrian winter tourism industry.
They wait tables in Kitzbuehl and Maierhofen and work as chamber
maids in Saalfelden and the Alberg resort towns. Unlike the former
"Gastarbeiter" in the tourist industry from the Balkans, the "Ossis"
encounter no language barriers (other than "Saechsisch" sounding like
a funny accent in the Tyrol). It's like British kids coming to work
in U.S. summer camps; they may feel at home rather quickly.