Category: Donauschwaben

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The Donauschwaben, or Danube Swabians, are German-speaking people who settled in and around the Danube River in southeastern and central Europe in several waves through the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Austro-Hungarian Empire, having taken much of the area back from the Ottoman Empire, actively recruited subjects to colonize the neglected lands and make them arable and profitable, and not incidentally, to defend them against Ottoman raids.

It's estimated that around one million ethnic Germans lived in these regions before WWII.

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