Donauschwaben Project

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Danube Swabians/Donauschwaben

The Donauschwaben or Danube Swabians [1] is a term for the German-speaking population who lived in various countries of southeastern Europe, mainly the Danube River valley. Most were descended from 18th-century immigrants recruited as colonists to repopulate the area.


The Danube Swabian language is a mixture of many dialects of the original German settlers, mainly Swabian, Franconian, Bavarian, Rhinelandic/Pfälzisch, Alsatian, and Alemannic, as well as Austro-Hungarian administrative and military jargon. Other influences include Serbian and Croatian, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, English, Balkan and South Slavic loanwords like Kukuruts.

Coat of Arms

A black eagle representing the protection of the Emperor of Austria
A blue ribbon representing the Danube River
A crescent moon representing the waning of Islamic influence through the withdrawal of the Ottoman Turks
The Sun representing both Prince Eugene of Savoy and the light of Christianity; and
A fortress representing the fortified city of Temeschburg.

Notable Banat Swabians

Geza von Cziffra, film director
Helmuth Duckadam, football goalkeeper, winner of European Cup and current record holder for most penalty kicks saved in a shootout.
Werner Fricker, President, United States Soccer Federation 1986–1990
Franz Xaver Kappus (1883–1966), writer, poet, newspaper editor
Stefan Jäger, painter
Nikolaus Lenau, writer
Herta Müller, poet, novelist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature
Anthony N. Michel, American engineering educator
Johnny Weissmuller (born Johann Weißmüller), American actor; Olympic swimming gold medalist
Michael J. Wendl, American engineer
Stefan Hell, co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Zita Johann, Austrian-American actress (The Mummy)

Donasuschwaben im Karpatenbecken


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Häring families in Parabutsch and later in Lovas

Are there any informations about where exactly in Baden, Germany this family originally came from?

I have a book titled, Unvergessne Heimat Donauschwaben, Grossgemeinde Drenje Slatinik, Manditschevac, Pridvorje in Slawonien. It contains family trees, village maps with house numbers and names and photos of villagers. Would this be help to anyone?