Jakob Fleight from Palanka became the first president. Today most of the children of the survivors are professionals, college and university educated with bachelor and master degrees and are doctors, lawyers, bankers or company executives. Anyone may link freely to anything on this page and print any page for personal use. Herbert Haller of the S.
Danube Swabians of North America. There were millions of German refugees from Soviet occupied lands languishing in the overcrowded German army barrack compounds scattered throughout British and American occupied Germany and Austria. They were homeless, hungry, without a job, vegetating from day to day, without hope for the future.
Many refugees remembered the addresses of relatives and friends overseas and wrote to them. Native Americans openly expressed anything German was suspect and sentiment of hatred, fueled by the war propaganda, toward German individuals and associations alike. It took great courage and material sacrifices on the part of the Landsleute in the USA to show concern for and try to alleviate the plight of their brothers in Europe. It is to their credit that they took action.
They sent thousands of food packages to the suffering in the camps in Germany and Austria and they initiated political action in order to have the immigration law amended. Due to the persistent expansionistic tendencies of the Soviets Union, the thinking in the American congress changed in the late s.
Marxism was now perceived as a threat to Western democracies. By early , all hope for the German refugees to return home vanished. It was by no means easy to decide where to go. The Danube Swabians had no other alternative but to look elsewhere to establish new homes and new lives for themselves.
Due to their German heritage, most Danube Swabians could not get permits to emigrate. Before permits could be obtained good relations had to be established with the U. One reason for the denial of permits was the military past of our men. It was a delicate matter demonstrating unfair discrimination against the Danube Swabians at the U. Professor Pater Josef Stefan and Kons. Rat Professor Josef Haltmayer directed efforts in the matter of discrimination.
The collection of documents was the basis for a memorandum written by Prof. The memorandum was distributed to various institutions and organizations concerning the emigration question and the status of the Danube Swabians. The memorandum found recognition at the U. Immigration Department and the barrier of mistrust regarding the Danube Swabians was broken and new inroads were made.
The International Refugee Organization IRO , several religious organizations, American consulates in Salzburg and Hamburg started with the registering, screening and dispatching of ethnic German refugees, the Danube Swabians among them. Every person had to pass a rigid medical examination, get political clearance and have a sponsor in the States guaranteeing lodging and a paying job.
Those accepted left on troop transports, on luxury liners or by airplane, glad to escape the hopeless oppressiveness of war ravaged Europe. The Danube Swabians who came to the USA; they definitely came to stay, to start life anew with nothing but their willingness to work hard, to secure a living for themselves and their families, to learn the language and become proud citizens of this country.
Once established, the immigrants of the 50s searched for their identity. The experience of the last 30 years had shaped them; they could not readily identify with the old-timers, the German-Hungarians. Neither did they accept the second-class label Volksdeutsch. By the early s immigration of Danube Swabians to the US had come to an end.
Those Danube Swabians belatedly leaving Romania, Hungary and Yugoslavia, even today, due to the economic and social support they receive, prefer to settle in the now prosperous Germany.
The war in Korea and the full employment associated with it gave the last immigrants an opportunity to earn sufficient money and lay the foundation for a secure future and beyond. They accumulate wealth, open businesses on small and large scales and become executives and professionals.
Today most of the children of the survivors are professionals, college and university educated with bachelor and master degrees and are doctors, lawyers, bankers or company executives. They have become vital citizens in the country they live in and its future, where they contribute to the benefit of all mankind. We do need your help! But it was simple enough to travel illegally to the ports in Western Europe, there were no passports, and one could sail to America, if one had the money and passed medical inspection.
This was an expensive and arduous journey and most of our people preferred the illegal route to the west. He opens a barbershop on Buckeye Road.
After his retirement of 75 years as a barber, he donates his barbershop to the Cleveland Automobile and Aviation Museum, where it can be seen today. In it became known as the Mansfield Liederkranz. The club reorganized again in , merged with the Mansfield Männerchor.
A ladies chorus was organized in and was active for many years. The men originated primarily from the Banat also included Ungarländische Deutsche singers from other parts of Hungary such as the Batschka. The ad called for the creation of a German-Hungarian Singing Society. The man responsible for the summons was Peter Schlock. Peter Schock became their President.
At the same time, Peter Schock was also the driving force behind the establishment of the United German Singers Sängerbund and was elected as the first president of this parent organization. Nothing stood in the way of further prosperity and with concerts and plays given here, in Cleveland, Chicago the Carpathia Singing Society became well established.
The last President of the Banter Club was Mathias Bohr whose unyielding effort contributed greatly to the relive efforts of his countrymen and the warm welcome of the Donauschwaben in the Banater Hall. The depression in the United Sates affected the Society. However, despite the hardships of the time a Youth Choir Jugendchor , directed by Franz Reschke was formed.
It became increasingly more difficult to function as German organization the membership began to decline, since many members disassociated themselves from the society, citing political pressures placed upon the population of German extraction as their main fears. Pesch became the president, Mr. John Deppong became treasurer. The founding members were: John Stier is elected as its first president. The Immigration of the Danube Swabians to the United States Across the pond in Salzburg is Pater Father Warenfried van Straaten, whose fundraising activities became a fixture in the communities there.
He recruited young men from Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Austria and other countries to donate their time to build houses, old age homes, orphanages and hostels.
He also extended his work to other countries. From early on it was only possible for Danube Swabians who had relatives living in the United States, most of them came during the post war years of WWI , who could sponsor them.
On behalf of many notable persons and their efforts in Austria, Germany and the United States and US Congress Legislations it was possible that 54, refugees of the , registered in Austria, were able to come to the United States. When immigration to the United States became a possibility, many of these refugees who came to St.
Louis joined the Society, as did many other immigrants from Germany and Austria. Through the personal efforts of their leader Peter Max Wagner, his influence in the White House and his relationship with President Harry Truman proved to be of great value in the Congress to pass vital legislations. The delegates voted for Nick Pesch as president and John C. Meiszner as executive secretary. He addressed the problems of thousands of our children orphaned and left to suffer in Yugoslavia without parents, grandparents or caring relatives.
It was the first time the world took notice of the problem and with the cooperation and the help of the International Red Cross, thousands of children were allowed to leave Yugoslavia to be reunited with their families in Austria, Germany, USA and other countries.
With the cooperation of religious organizations, the first immigrant arrived in Chicago on December 20 th. It made it possible for more than , refugees to come to the United States which created many hardships in family separations; while it was possible for some family members to immigrate it was not possible for others. Stephens and Danubia unite under the name Danubia and became very active in the youth soccer development among the communities of the Donauschwaben.
When father Lani left he had managed to create many organizations; The St. Stephens and later the Danubia and the Youth Brass Band. Jakob Fleight from Palanka became the first president. Anton Kremling named the following people present at the meeting as founders: Herr from Chicago; Anton K. At this meeting a constitution was conventionalized, the Charter accepted and officers elected. The officers were as follows: President - Peter Max Wagner; 1.
Vice-president - Anton K. The organization provided the new arrivals with an opportunity to meet socially to promote German heritage, culture, and language. Herr was elected as president and new memberships granted to Rochester, Akron, Aurora, Detroit und Harrisburg. Good progress was reported by Youth director Eugen Philipp, the women auxiliary under Helene Lindenmeyer, music under director Peter Glatt and sports under Franz Dietrich.
According to a report from Anton Kremling efforts are being made for such Donauschwaben who came to the United States from Austria to also help them to become eligible for reparations from Germany. The Old People's Home can no longer be maintained was closed in It was reopened after three years of renovation as our cultural museum of Danube Swabian artifacts. Donauschwaben Cleveland to form the first Youth Soccer team in Ohio. The first coach is Franz Schönberger.
Georg Flotz became their President and Katherine Flotz the secretary. He holds this office for 30 years. Under his guidance the Society grew in leaps and bounds, the Banater Club becomes too small. Donauschwaben Cleveland becomes a vital link in the development of High School and community soccer in the Greater Cleveland areas.
This was the beginning of the formation of the Milwaukee Donauschwaben youth group. Donauschwaben, Cleveland becomes the first youth soccer commissioner in Ohio. Donauschwaben, Cleveland was selected to tryout for the National Youth Team. Georg Adam elected as first president. The Chicago Kickers Soccer Club is a not-for-profit organization, which is dedicated to promoting the game of soccer for youth and adult players of both genders.
Society of the Danube Swabians - Chicago. The official web site of Cincinnati's Donauschwaben Society. Donauschwaben German-American Cultural Center. Anton Krebs was willing to become President of this newly created soccer club. Mike Blasius lived near Stuttgart, Germany prior to moving to Detroit, and he suggested the name Kickers, after the German professional team Stuttgart Kickers.
Joe Wellinger mentioned since we are from Detroit, we would be named the Detroit Kickers. So the name was born. There is a problem with online access. New web site URL: Old web site URL: United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee Donauschwaben Schwabenhof Restaurant.
The German Cultural Society of St. Louis is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the German culture, customs, and language through the cultivation of German music, songs, and dances. Verein der Donauschwaben, Philadelphia. Verein der Donaudeutschen, Rochester. Karlsdorf Vergnügungs Club contact: