AGOFF Donauschwaben and Hungary is the Hungarian genealogy research center for Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ostdeutscher Familienforscher, an East German Genealogy Society with research centers throughout Eastern Europe.
“After the suppression of the Ottomans in the eighteenth century, the depopulated Danube-Tisza lowlands were destroyed by the Carmelian (first Schwabenzug 1723-1726), the Mariheresian (second Schwabenzug 1763-1773) and the Josefinischen (third Schwabenzug 1782-1787) Mainly German farmers and craftsmen. Although only a few of the real Swabians were among them, this term was used in the documents for the settlers from the various southern and south-west German territories. It was only after the Treaty of Trianon of June 4, 1920, which defined the division of the dubious Swabian territories into three successor states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire-Hungary, Romania, and Yugoslavia- The name “Donauschwaben” (“Donauschwaben”) was coined in 1922 for the youngest German Neustamm. It has since then been established, and includes the Germans of the southwestern Hungarian lowlands, Swabian Turkey, Batschka, Banat, Slavonia, Syria, and Sathmar.”
“Before 1945 the Donauschwaben formed the largest group of Germans in South-Eastern Europe, with about 1.5 million people. After the last war, escape, expulsion and expropriation caused them to spread all over the world: in their home country, in Germany, in Austria and the USA, but also in France, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and other countries.”
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