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Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER] BB News No. 165 dtd July 31, 2007
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 21:05:50 -0400
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS - No. 165
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
Our 12th Year - Issued monthly as e-mail by G. J. Berghold, BB Editor
July 31, 2007
(c) 2007 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved
Current Status of the BB: Members - 1459**Surname Entries - 4870**Query
Board Entries - 3758**Newsletters Archived - 165**Number of Staff Members -
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an archive of previous newsletters.
This issue of the BB Newsletter contains only one section, due to
deterioration in the health of newsletter editor Gerry Berghold. It was put
together by Fritz Königshofer and Tom Steichen. We hope that normal
production of the Newsletter can soon resume.
Articles in this newsletter:
1. Remembrance Project, South Bend, Indiana, is Underway
2. Burgenlaendische Gemeinschaft Picnic in Moschendorf
3. Rootsweb Review will Feature the Burgenland Bunch
4. Coplay, PA Saengerbund Turns Ninety
5. BB Connecticut Enclave To Be Featured
6. Burgenland News From The Past
1. REMEMBRANCE PROJECT, SOUTH BEND, INDIANA IS UNDERWAY (by Margaret Kaiser)
The Burgenlanders Honored and Remembered (BH&R) team is adding
Burgenland-born immigrants who settled in the South Bend, IN, region to the
Honoree list. South Bend area surnames identified to date include:
BARKOVICH, BIRSCHITZY, BLEICH, BUCZOLICH, FERENCI, GREGORITS, HARTMANN,
HEDL, HINKLE, HOFACKER, HORVATH, KOELNDORFER, KERTAI, KOVALL, KRIZMANICH,
KUBITSCHEK, KUC, KUZMICH, LAKOVITS, LACKNER, MAGYAR, MAHALICH, MAYERHOFER,
MEDICH, MERSICH, MONDOVICS, PASMANN, PERNEKER, PORAPATICH, PRIKOSOVICH,
SCHEIDL, SCHEU, SCHNEIDER, SPIEGL, TAICSICH, TOMPOS, WUKOVICH, ZEISZ, and
The majority of the above originated in the Oberpullendorf area with others
emigrating from the regions of Neusiedl am See, Eisenstadt and Jennersdorf.
Immigrants appear to have worked for Studebaker and other auto-related
businesses. Many are memorialized in Highland and Sacred Heart Cemeteries.
BH&R would like to honor all applicable South Bend area Burgenlanders but,
first, they must be identified. Your assistance is requested. Please contact
either Frank Paukowits () or Margaret Kaiser
() to contribute South Bend area local history, such
Names of Honorees (your parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, etc.)
Stories about Honorees and the South Bend immigrant experience
Names of churches, clubs, etc. Burgenlanders attended
Photos of Honorees, churches, Burgenland related events, etc.
You can view the BH&R website at
http://hometown.aol.com/nyburgenlaenders/home.htm, or you can access the
site from the BH&R link on the BB home page. The BH&R site lists Honorees,
displays photos, and related information. Honoree nominations from all areas
of the US, Canada, Australia and other locations are always welcome. The
BH&R team looks forward to continuous expansion of the Burgenland-born
Honoree List with your help.
2. BURGENLAENDISCHE GEMEINSCHAFT PICNIC IN MOSCHENDORF (by Hannes Graf)
"Hello all, after some days at the railway, yesterday [July 8, 2007] was
spent at the BG 2007 Picnic in Moschendorf. Right now, I am one day in
Vienna (next to a computer) writing this report. Tomorrow I'll go back to
Burgenland for a week on the railroad. This year, I have spent much more
time in Oberschützen and surroundings than in Vienna!
As for the picnic, please look for yourself at the photo gallery at
The picnic was very nice. There were fewer people than last year, but the
weather was good and everybody seemed to enjoy the picnic. The Vice-Twins
[BB vice presidents Klaus Gerger and Hannes Graf] came together for some
conversation. In his speech, Dr. Walter Dujmovits mentioned related
organizations like the Weltbund [of Austrians abroad] and greeted the
politicians present. As he continued, he told us about a sister organization
named the Burgenland Bunch and its vice president Hannes Graf!! Boy, was I
surprised!!! Next time, I will try to say some words in the name of the
Bunch, hopefully I'll know it beforehand. After some words by others,
someone mentioned the 75th birthday of Walter, and Vice-Governor Franz
Steindl played "Happy Birthday to You" on his trumpet. Then the first dance
was by Walter with Landesrätin (cabinet member) Verena Dunst. We also met
BB-member Rachael White from NY, a very nice lady, and her husband. I don't
know, how many Americans were present, but the major language was
"Burgenländisch" and not English as last year.
Liebe Grüsse, Hannes"
3. ROOTSWEB REVIEW WILL FEATURE THE BURGENLAND BUNCH
Jana Lloyd, editor of the RootsWeb Review, an Internet newsletter, writes:
"I was going through my old emails this morning and found this. Somehow it
slipped through the cracks earlier. I know this comes a long time after your
original email, but I would still like to print it in the Review. It will
probably go out in the 1 August issue. Sorry for the oversight and best of
luck with your Burgenland research. Looks like you've put together a
Here is a reprint of the cited article (originally submitted to RootsWeb
Review by Gerry Berghold in February 2007):
The Internet Family History Group known as the Burgenland Bunch (BB), which
specializes in the Austrian Province of Burgenland, is now entering its 12th
year of operation. The Burgenland was formed in 1921 from the Hungarian
Counties (Megye) of Vas, Sopron and Moson. Ethnicity comprises people of
German, Croatian and Hungarian origin, who settled in this region over
periods spanning hundreds of years, with much subsequent emigration to the
Americas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The BB Website, containing over 500 pages of subject surnames (4680 names),
village and ethnic data, links and archives, has just had a complete
overhaul. New features have been added, including links to a new site which
features immigrant cemetery data from Burgenland ethnic enclaves in the US.
The BB will be releasing its 160th email newsletter on Feb. 28. In two email
sections of 4 to 5 pages each, it is distributed monthly to listed members
through the courtesy of Roots-L. There are archives of all of the previous
The BB web site also has a link to a Query Site (WorldGenWeb-Burgenland)
courtesy of RootsWeb, now showing over 3500 Burgenland family history
queries and answers.
Burgenland Bunch members' names (almost 1400 world wide) are listed with
family surnames, villages of origin and places settled. They can be
contacted via email in order to exchange information. Membership is ongoing
and the site is maintained by 15 specialty editors in the United States and
If you are a descendant of immigrants from the above mentioned area (there
were over 40,000 immigrants for the period 1880-1924 alone plus more
following WWII) or feel you may have a link to such, you would do well to
visit this site.
4. COPLAY SAENGERBUND TURNS NINETY
Source: "Whitehall - Coplay Press", June 28, 2007
Coplay club members celebrate with dinner, dance, songfest
by Al Recker, press writer.
[From the acting BB editors: Readers will note the mentions of Robert
Strauch whom we are happy to recognize as our BB staff member Bob Strauch.]
The Coplay, Pennsylvania Saengerbund celebrated the 90th Anniversary of its
founding Sunday with a dinner, dance, and songfest, reminiscent of when the
club founding fathers met on borough corners singing songs of their
homeland, Burgenland, Austria. The festivities, known as the 'Stiftungsfest"
[celebration of the founding], were held before a packed crowd in the club's
auditorium. The Saengerbund's mixed chorus, maintaining the traditional
customs and folk songs of the German-Austrian heritage, performed, as did
the Hianz'nchor and the Reading Liederkranz Chorus. Following the choral
concert, the Joe Weber Band provided music for dancing in the club's outside
The club's founding dates back to when men and women immigrated to these
shores and sang songs from the "Old Country." On December 17, 1917, at the
Coplay House, Second and Hokendauqua Streets, there were 36 founding fathers
present and the Saengerbund was born. (Gerry Berghold's grand-uncle Samuel
Wallitsch was one of the founders.) Today's membership exceeds 5,000.
Originally there was a barroom and two bowling alleys. Today, the club has a
dance hall in the lower ballroom, a complete kitchen and bar, music hall and
bar on the second level and a grove/pavilion adjacent to the club.
The Saengerbund chorus began the afternoon, under the direction of Joseph
Weber and accompanied by Kathy Alonzo, with the "Star Spangled Banner,"
followed by "Willkommen", "Der Spielmann", "Ich grüß' dich, Land der
Lieder", "The Complete History of Western Music (Abridged)", "Bayrisch
Herz", "Waldlied", and "Stars and Stripes."
Chorus members (check all those great Burgenland names!) are Cathy Boyer,
Vickie Boyer, Dolores DiSante, Clara Glover, Hilda Koetting, Frieda
Peischler, Marcia Theiss, Ida Bartholomew, Stella Eberhardt, Elsie Kroboth,
Cathy Marx, Helen Vetrok, Lauren Zwetolitz, the Rev. Tim Boyer, Pat DeMilio,
Alfred Lederer, John Mikitsch, Steve Rosko, Jeremy, Joe Geosits, John Toth,
and John Wechsler.
The Hianzn'chor, directed and accompanied by Robert Strauch on button box
accordion, sang "Steig' ich den Berg hinauf", "Auf der Heide blüht ein
kleines Blümelein", "In einer kleinen Taverne", "A Büscherl von Edelweiss",
"Hoch soll er leben", and "Ich schenk' dir nur rote Rosen." Singers were
Pauline Albert, Ida Bartholomew, Stella Eberhardt, Gisela Herrmann, Joseph
Geosits, Josef Giedl, Marie Giedl, Eleanor Kovalchick, Alfred Lederer,
Catherine Marx, John Mikitsch, Frieda Peischler, Reinhold Radke, Margaret
Roma, Stephen Rosko, William Rosner, Anna Marie Schanta, Judith Snyder,
Dorothy Trinkle, Helen Vetrok, and Reginald Wrona.
The Reading Liederkranz Chorus portion of the program, directed by Elizabeth
Hinkle, included "Hi Neighbor", "Wir singen unsere Lieder", "Am Mühlenbach",
"Fußreise", "Im Zigeunerlager", and "This is My Country." An added highlight
was an official letter of congratulations that was received from the
Lieutenant Governor of Burgenland, Franz Steindl, and read in German and
English by Hianz'nchor director Robert Strauch. Steindl had been part of a
government delegation from Burgenland that visited the Lehigh Valley last
April and presented the Saengerbund with an award from the Burgenland state
5. BB CONNECTICUT ENCLAVE TO BE FEATURED
A correspondent recently asked if we had any data concerning Burgenland
immigrants to Connecticut. We are aware that this was one of the minor
Burgenland enclaves but have little information other than that there is an
Austrian social club in New Britain. If any of our members have any
information, please forward to Gberghold(a)Aol.com. We would be interested
in any of the following:
1. First Burgenland immigrant to Connecticut - individual or family?
2. Other family names?
3. Where did they work and reside?
4. Local clubs and churches?
5. Immigrant descendants?
6. What were the major Burgenland villages of origin and causes of
7. Have any returned to Austria?
6. HISTORICAL BURGENLAND NEWS REPORTS (from Margaret Kaiser)
The following is from the August 30, 1921 issue of the Ogden
Standard-Examiner, Ogden City, Utah. The articles were from Associated Press
service reports and were printed in similar format in other newspapers.
HEJJAS LEADS WEST HUNGARY IN REVOLT
REBELS RESIST OCCUPATION BY AUSTRIA FORCE
APPEALS TO ALLIES
Vienna, Aug. 30. - Burgenland, a narrow strip of territory situated along
the Hungarian border, which was awarded Austria by the treaty of St.
Germaine, is apparently in possession of Hungarian insurgents with
Lieutenant Hejjas enacting the role of Adalbert Korfanty in Upper Silesia or
Captain Gabriel d'Annunzio in Fiume. The government is not receiving any
news from the district where on Sunday night irregular Hungarian forces
attacked Austrian gendarmes sent to occupy the district. Austria's
Commissioner Davy, however, reports from the town of Mattersdorf that he
narrowly escaped being killed in Odenburg.
Fighting Reported. There are unconfirmed reports that one officer has been
killed or wounded in the fighting in Burgenland.
Lieutenant Hejjas is reported to have posted placards throughout the
district calling to the colors all men under 45 years of age. It is also
reported that 3,000 Hungarian regular troops have arrived and are encamped
near Odenburg. A detachment of 200 Austrian gendarmes is reported surrounded
RELY ON ALLIES
An official statement issued here says that Austria is relying upon the
allies to prevent any conflicts in Burgenland and to see that the treaty of
St. Germaine is carried out. A statement says that military posts in
numerous small towns of the district have been overpowered by Hungarian
regulars and irregulars.
Two non-Hungarian speaking persons have been executed in the forest of St.
Margareten, a dispatch received late last night said. Forty-eight strangers
in Odenburg are reported to have been arrested by the residents of the town
and thrown into the barracks.
Vienna, Aug. 30. - (By the Associated Press) - the Austrians have met
resistance from Hungarians in the occupation of Burgenland. Sunday night
Lieutenant Hejjas, a recalcitrant leader in West Hungary, heading a large
detachment of his irregulars, seized the railway station at Odenburg. One
detachment of 170 men advanced to Pinkafeld, where they were met with hand
grenades and machine guns by incoming Austrians.
END OF NEWSLETTER
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