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From: Hannes Graf <>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 08:25:07 +0100

March 31, 2009
(c) 2009 - The Burgenland Bunch - all rights reserved

Our 13th Year, Editor: Johannes Graf burgenland.bunch(at) and
Copy Editor Maureen Tighe-Brown

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This first section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:

1. MEMORIES OF PERNAU (submitted by Steve Geosits)
Ladislaus E. Batthyany)
5. NESTROY'S "DER TALISMAN" IN GÜSSING (From BB-member Heinz Koller)
6. THE TURKS IN GÜSSING (translate by Bob Strauch)


1. MEMORIES OF PERNAU (submitted by Steve Geosits)

Book by Pernau-native BB-member Emmerich Koller
Good Dogs Do Stray: Memoir of An Immigrant from Hungary

John Eberhardt, one of our BB members, contacted me sometime ago for
genealogical help concerning his Pernau ancestors. Based on information
that John Eberhardt already had from his own research, we were able to
"map out" the village house numbers of his ancestors and correlate them to
1857 Austrian house and census maps. By way of thanks, John Eberhardt
generously sent me a copy of the book "Good Dogs Do Stray: Memoir of An
Immigrant from Hungary", which was autographed by Emmerich Koller himself.
A truly wonderful gift.

The book consists of Emmerich Koller's memoirs, and a realistic portrayal
of the way things were during those years. Our older generation of readers
will translate those events happening in Pernau to events that happened at
the same time in their own village. And, for future generations Koller
seems to have captured the essence of a time gone by.

By way of example, the first chapter is titled "The Gathering Storm" which
gives a first hand account of what it was like living in the village
during those turbulent and terrible years of World War II. But, all is not
sadness here. Another chapter is titled "The Best Memories" which provides
a look a the lighter side of village life. The author has also included
about 40 photo images which are truly gems.

Here is an excerpt from p.41 to give you a sense of Koller's style:

"To the right of the entrance was the heart and center of the house, the
living room, or "die Stube". The entire family lived, worked, ate, and
slept in this room. It wasn't very big at all and had only two small
windows facing the street. Talk about crowded and claustrophobic
conditions. Before my arrival in 1942, seven people had to coexist in this
room. How my father and his apprentice also made and repaired shoes is
this same room is beyond my understanding. To put it simply, this room was
shop, living room, dining room, nursery, bedroom, and recreation room all
in one."

And another excerpt from p.163:

"In Pernau security measures along the Iron Curtain became more relaxed.
In fact, now as a thirteen year old, I was allowed to take our cow Shaekl
grazing on Hungary's front lawn. Of course, I had to be vigilant lest she
strayed into the minefield."

Overall, I enjoyed the book very much. But more importantly, my mother
took to it right away. She would call almost every day to tell me what
part she had just read, and then she would tell me exactly what was
happening in our own village of Petrovo Selo (Szentpeterfa) during the
same time period. In short, these stories by Koller contain shared
experiences, and have a universal quality which I believe most of our
readership will appreciate.

Emmerich Koller holds degrees in Philosophy, German and Education. He
retired after 36 years in the classroom and resides in Winnetka, Illinois
with his wife and son.
Web site offers further information:


At the first of march I get following email:
Hi Hannes
My brother Frank and I put together info on the Burgenland LDS Films.
I gathered his hand written work and put it in MS Word.
We are now sending you the list (Attachments) of the work done.
Can you add this to the BB website for us?
Eddie Tantsits
Yes, we can!!!

And after I come back from southern Burgenland, I do it.

I added an "eighth" district, named Borderland with all LDS-films I found,
from the villages beside the border in Hungary. All villages with Hungarian
and German names.

It is a great work of Ed and Frank Tantsits.


The first week at march was a very creative one in southern Burgenland.
Many photos were shot and some interesting meetings done.

One day I was in Rosenberg and found with a little help about BB-member
Heinz Koller the (grand)parents' house of Gerry Berghold. Gerry meet it,
when he was in Austria in 2001.

The next day, I had a meeting at the "sculpture park south" with founder
Paul Mühlbauer about creating a Gerry Berghold sculpture. The first
preparatory works are done. Now the project is on its way.

One afternoon, I spend at the church of St. Emmerich, to photograph the
cemetery behind the church. I tried to take pictures of all gravestones,
but many are hidden behind thornbushes. This costs me my pants and some
bloody hits at my legs and knees. Some gravestones are too unreadable, so
I take away the moss, but some I could not encrypt. I will go there next
time with better tools.

The last day, I spent at the southern-most area of Burgenland at the
village of Neuhaus am Klausenbach, which has two castles. The first and
older one is the castle ruins of Dobra at the top of a cold volcano cone.
It is a good point for a wide overview.
The second is the castle of Tabor, which was built with some stones of
Dobra. You can see one castle from the other.
I plan some articles about the history and background for the next future.
Together I included all of the photos on the Village-Pictures page. Beside
this, when I had some time, I work a little for the railway from Oberwart
to Oberschützen.


4. THE HISTORY OF THE CASTLE OF GÜSSING (courtesy of BB-member and
currently the Castle curator, Ladislaus E. Batthyany)

In 1157, Güssing is already being mentioned and documented. After three
versatile centuries under different dynasties, Güssing, Német-Ujvár, - on
30th of June 1524 - is being obtained by the Batthyánys, who nearly half a
millennium later until this day, are connected and associated with the
castle of Güssing and also carry Német-Ujvár as part of their family name.
Hungarian King Géza II in 1157 called Count Wolfer, probably as he came
from Hainburg on the Danube to Güssing, and presented him with Mount
Kyscen and the surrounding area.

The first wooden castle and monastery is said to have been built by Count
Wolfer; it is thought though that the first building owners of the castle
and monastery were the Benedictines. Already at that time, the name of the
pilgrimage church of Our Holy Mary of Snow is being mentioned, which is
today's Castle chapel.

King Béla III finally had built a strong castle of stone. Since then
Güssing has been called Novum Castrum, (Ujvár = New Castle, from which
Német Ujvár in Hungarian is taken) documented in 1198. In 1246, King Béla
IV for a brief period of time entrusted the castle to the Order of Saint
John (1246) and later to his treasurer Mauricius (1263).

In 1272, Heinrich II from the dynasty of the Counts of Güssing and a
descendant of the first owner Wolfer has been documented as the new owner
of Güssing. The family, though, especially the so-called 'Ivan the
Terrible', had been involved in several wars against the royal dynasties.
They conducted wild raids and were the cause of widespread unrest in the
area. Finally, in 1289/90 Duke Albrecht deprived the counts of Güssing of
their power with the permission of Ladislaus IV.

Under King Sigismund in 1391 the castle went to the dynasty of Cheh de
Sáró and Léva. Their descendants, however, were involved in such heavy
debts that all their assets had to be mortgaged and therefore, Nikolaus
Ujlaki in 1458 came into possession of the castle and rule of Güssing. In
1459, those Magnates who were not satisfied with the election of Matthias
Corvinus had crowned Emperor Friedrich III as King of Hungary at the
castle of Güssing. This, however, remained without success and in the end
Ujlaki had to pay homage to King Matthias Corvinus.

His son, Lorenz Ujlaki, as loyal follower of King Matthew, forcefully and
publicly appeared against his successor the Bohemian King Wladislav II.
This made the King enraged and in 1495, the castle Güssing was heavily
damaged through the King`s forces. This forced Ujlaki to reconcile with
the King. Four years later Ujlaki died childless.

On June the 30th, 1524 finally, Francis I, Batthyány (1497 to 1566)
received Castle Güssing, consisting of dominion and control of at that
time already 60 villages, from his friend of his youth, King Ludwig II.
This was a reward for Francis' heroic defense of the fortress of Jaicza
against the Turks.

>From that time on, Güssing became the main residence and ancestral castle
of the Batthyánys and from then on, Güssing was enlarged to a proper
fortress against the Turkish enemy with a consistent building activity.
Since then the name Batthyány is inseparable with the past, present, and
future of castle Güssing.

When the Turks passed on their way to Vienna for war, they also devastated
Güssing. In order to escape total elimination and spare the fortress,
Franz I had to arrange to side with the enemy, by which to the relief of
the inhabitants of Güssing he succeeded.

>From then on, the fortress was enforced for 75,000 florins and under
Balthasar III, Franz II and Adam I the fortress of Güssing was further
enlarged considerably. Between the years of 1540 to 1580 the round tower
and bastion with fortifications were built. Because of the permanent and
eminent danger of the Turks, the Batthyánys had to hold by themselves
their own garrisons on each of their castles for military reasons. This
cost a considerate amount of money. Between the 16th and 17th century, not
often, up to 3000 people found shelter at the castle.

Buildings at the castle of Güssing like Francis' gate, Adam's gate or
several other towers and bastions (widow's tower, canon hall, turret and
long bastion) still today give evidence of the architectural activity of
the Batthyánys. In 1750, low built prisons among others are mentioned and
until 1800, a torture chamber existed on the grounds of the castle. Under
Francis II the Turks (part of the Bocsay upraising) again invaded Güssing
and devastated the country; however, fortress Güssing managed to defend

Adam I in 1638 finally brought the Franciscans to Güssing and founded the
monastery with the family's burial place and tomb which, since then are
inseparable with castle of Güssing. Adam I also further promoted Güssing
to a renowned place of education for young aristocrats from all over

In 1683, under Christoph II, once more the castle provided shelter for
Güssing's inhabitants to flee the approaching Turks, who were on their
flight after their occupation of Vienna. Christoph and his son Adam II
still pursued the Turks and engaged in their running fight. In 1700, the
castle still served as an Arsenal for the imperial troops.

Times changed and due to the modernisation of warfare, the castle and
fortress of Güssing slowly lost its strategic importance. In 1777, all
guns were removed. Due to the high cost of maintenance and the introduced
roof tax by Empress Maria Theresia, the partial demolition of the castle's
fortifications had begun.

Since the division into Christoph's line (older/princely line) and Paul's
line (younger line) after Adam's I death in 1659, but at the latest since
Prince Louie Batthyány-Strattmann in 1787 made Körmend his main residence
and centre of administration, Güssing had lost its character as the centre
of power for the Batthyánys.

Well knowing the importance of castle, family burial site and monastery in
Güssing not only for the family but for the whole region, Prince Philipp
Batthyány-Strattmann in 1870 established a foundation for the preservation
of the castle and monastery.

Due to the fact that the foundation had lost most of its capital during
the years of inflation after World War I, ways and means had to be found
in order to assure the preservation of castle and monastery also for the
generations to come.

Guided by these motives, in the 1980s, the Batthyánys offered the public
authorities/Land Burgenland the chance to participate in the management of
the Prince Batthyány foundation. That way, important works of renovation
and preservation could take place at the castle and monastery.

The castle continues to be managed by the Prince Philipp
Batthyány-Strattmann foundation. Its trustee is the respective chef de
famille currently the 9th Prince, Ladislaus Pascal Batthyány-Strattmann
who, together with an administrator of the government of Burgenland,
currently Dr. Janics, manage the foundation.

Today on the grounds of the castle, theatre performances, concerts and
readings take place during the summer months. Some rooms can also be
rented for private functions. It is also possible to celebrate one's civil
wedding ceremony and church wedding in the chapel since last year.

The family museum gives only a brief insight into the 700 years' history
of the Batthyánys until today. Additionally one will find several other
interesting exhibitions.

In 2008 the prince handed over the function of the curator to his eldest
son, Ladislaus E. Batthyany.

Opening times

Easter Monday - 31 October
daily except Monday, from 10-17 o'clock

5. NESTROY'S "DER TALISMAN" IN GÜSSING (From BB-member Heinz Koller)

The 'Burgverein Güssing' and their artistic director Laszlo Maleczky
continue their very successful line of Viennese classical popular
theatre-plays started in the year 2006: After the magical tales 'Der
Verschwender' and 'Der Bauer als Millionär' by Ferdinand Raimund, last
year's offering was Johann Nepomuk Nestroy's 'Lumpazivagabundus'.

The 2009 production will be Nestroy's socially critical masterpiece 'der
Talisman'. And the project would not have Laszlo Maleczky's mark if it did
not include a mini-version of the play, or rather a 'mini-musical' played
by children. After the great success of 'Das Mädchen aus der Feenwelt' and
'Lumpazivagabundus' he's decided to put on 'Didus Feuerkopf' - which is a
mini-version, based on this year's play, but completely re-written by the
artistic director himself, and accompanied by lots of music and energy
arranged by his partner Herbert Kopitar. The stage-scenery will be painted
for the first time by the art-painter and graphic designer Heinz Gurdet.

Laszlo Maleczky comes from a Hungarian dynasty of opera-singers. He
continues to be a very successful international opera-tenor: The
classic-pop-group Adoro (accompanied by the Budapest Orchestra) shot
within only a few weeks to the number one place in the German charts and
has since gone gold and platinum. Laszlo is touring with Adoro going from
one live gig to another and from one TV-studio to another. New songs are
already being recorded and of course his time-table for the Güssing
Burgspiele has to be very well organized. In Gussing this year he will be
assisted by the actress and artistic director Mara Kömives, who has many
Nestroy productions under her belt.

The Burgspiele Güssing theatre-group is very ambitious and experienced and
the young actors of the group are very promising (as we know after the
surprising successes of the last two years!). The plays will be performed
on the new stage on the 'Festgelände' at the foot of the castle - with the
Franciscan monastery and the oldest Burgenland medieval castle as a
magnificent stage setting. The place is located near the centre of town,
right next to the cultural-centre and the Aktiv-Park hotel, and there are
parking-facilities nearby. A trip up to the Güssing Castle as well as to
the area's tourist attractions can easily be fitted in to a day-trip
before the evening shows.


"Der Talisman" Premiere Thursday, July 29, 2009, 07,30 p.m.
further July 31, and August 1, 7, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 2009
"Didus Feuerkopf" Premiere Saturday, July 18, 2009, 06,30 p.m.
further on Sunday July 26, and Sundays August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009

Information and tickets

7540 Güssing, Hauptplatz 7
Tel. +43 3322 42102, and/or +43 676 6129776
Purchase order form on the homepage ()

The play:

To be outsiders in a society of intolerance and superficiality is the fate
of the redheaded Titus Feuerfuchs in Johann Nestroys sharply-tongued
satire 'The Talisman'. But 'Destiny' comes to help him - and offers him a
present in the shape of a black wig. (This seems to be a 'tribute' to
Raimund's magical fairy-world - who greatly influenced Nestroy in his
early days). The witty Titus grabs the opportunity and tries to rise up in
the glittery world of 'high society' with all its traps and false promises
which bring him back in the end - to his 'own world', where he's joined by
Salome the red-headed goose-minding servant. But both of them decide not
to let themselves governed by their destiny . on the contrary .

6. THE TURKS IN GÜSSING (translate by Bob Strauch)

The siege of the castle in Güssing by the Turks seemed to go on forever.
The enemy had stormed the castle on the steep rocks in vain. All attempts
to overtake the castle were thwarted by the bravery of its defenders. When
the Turks finally realized that the castle was not to be conquered using
weapons, they attempted to starve the garrison into surrendering.

The siege had already lasted a long time, and despite all restrictions,
the castle's food supply was gradually running out. It became clear to the
courageous defenders that they could not hold out for much longer. In
desperation, the lord of the castle came up with a clever ruse to get the
besiegers to give up and retreat.

He asked for was left of their flour supply, an amount which hardly even
filled a small basket. During the night a large flour barrel was placed
upside down on the outer castle wall. The remaining flour was poured on
top of it, giving the appearance that the barrel was overflowing and there
was still plenty of flour in the castle. At daybreak the lord of the
castle ordered the last ox to be driven around behind the castle wall and
beaten with clubs to make the animal roar incessantly, thus giving the
besiegers the impression that there was still a whole herd of cattle alive
in the castle.

When the Turks heard the continuous bellowing of the ox and saw the
overflowing barrel of flour on the castle wall, they really believed that
the castle still had an abundance of supplies and it would be useless to
wait for a famine. They gave up their siege and left Güssing a half hour
before noon the same day.

In memory of this cunning victory over the Turks, the bells of the old
parish church in Güssing toll everyday at 11:30 in the morning.

Newsletter continues as number 185A.

From: Hannes Graf <>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 08:23:52 +0100

March 31, 2009
(c) 2009 - The Burgenland Bunch - all rights reserved

The second section of this 2-section newsletter includes:

1. GÜSSING DISTRICT LDS-FILMS (by Ed & Frank Tantsits)
4. CANADIAN IMMIGRATION (by BB-Member Andrea Neumann)

1. GÜSSING DISTRICT LDS-FILMS (by Ed & Frank Tantsits)

Bocksdorf B-M-D 1828-1895 700651
Burgauberg B-M-D 1828-1895 700657
Deutsch Tschantschendorf B-M-D 1828-1895 700693
Gerersdorf Birth 1895-1903 700415
Birth 1904-1920 700416
Marriage 1895-1920 700417
Death 1895-1906 700418
Death 1907-1920 700419
B-M-D 1828-1895 700698
Güssing Birth 1859-1898 700420
Birth 1899-1902 700421
Birth 1903-1906 700422
Birth 1907-1920 700423
Marriage 1895-1906 700424
Marriage 1907-1920 700425
Death 1895-1900 700426
Death 1901-1906 700427
Death 1907-1920 700428
Birth 1907-1920 700429
M-D 1907-1920 700430
Birth 1828-1861 700699
Birth 1861-1895 700700
Marriage 1828-1895 700700
Death 1828-1872 700700
Death 1872-1895 700701
B-M-D 1841-1895 700702
Hagensdorf B-M-D 1828-1895 700673
Heiligenbrunn B-M-D 1828-1895 700733
Kukmirn Birth 1895-1903 700325
Birth 1904-1920 700326
Marriage 1895-1920 700327
Death 1895-1906 700328
Death 1907-1920 700329
B-M-D 1828-1895 700677
Birth 1828-1881 700678
Birth 1881-1895 700679
Marriage 1828-1895 700680
Death 1828-1895 700681
Moschendorf B-M-D 1828-1895 700689
Neuberg B-M-D 1847-1895 700736
Neudauberg B-M-D 1828-1895 700686
Olbendorf B-M-D 1828-1895 700703
Ollersdorf B-M-D 1871-1895 700653
Sankt Michael Birth 1895-1898 700476
Birth 1899-1902Jan 700477
Birth 1902-Jun-Dec 700748
Birth 1903-1906Jan 700479
Birth 1906 Jan-Dec 700480
Birth 1907-1917 700481
Birth 1918-1920 700482
Marriage 1895-1903 700483
Marriage 1904-1920 700484
Death 1895-1900 700485
Death 1895-1900 700486
Death 1901-1906 700487
Death 1907-1920 700488
Birth 1828-1895 700716
Marriage 1828-1895 700716
Death 1828-1851 700716
Death 1851-1895 700717
Sankt Nikolaus B-M 1828-1895 700734
Death 1828-1862 700734
Death 1862-1895 700735
Stegersbach Birth 1828-1870 700730
Birth 1870-1895 700731
Marriage 1828-1895 700731
Death 1870-1884 700731
Death 1884-1895 700732
Birth 1895-1897 700584
Birth 1898-1900 700585
Birth 1901-1903 700586
Birth 1904-1906 700587
Birth 1907-1917 700588
Birth 1918-1920 700589
Marriage 1895-1903 700590
Marriage 1904-1920 700591
Death 1895-1899 700592
Death 1900-1902 700593
Death 1903-1906 700594
Death 1907-1920 700595
Stinatz Birth 1895-1902 700564
Death 1903-1906 700565
Death 1907-1920 700566
Marriage 1896-1920 700567
Death 1895-1906 700568
Death 1907-1920 700569
B-M-D 1828-1895 700706
Strem Birth 1895-1906 700570
Birth 1907-1920 700570
Marriage 1895-1920 700570
Death 1895-1920 700570
B-M-D 1877-1895 700729
Tobaj B-M-D 1909-1920 700600
Wörterberg B-M-D 1828-1895 700753


Editor: This is part of our monthly series designed to recycle
interestingarticles from the BB Newsletters of 10 years ago. Our current
newsletter features the village and castle of Güssing; thus we recycle a
March 1999 Newsletter article explaining some of the information
obtainable or starting from church and civil records in Güssing. Then for
kicks, we throw in a bit of silliness from the same edition. Enjoy!

MARCH 31, 1999


(Ed.[Gerry] Note: I hope all of our BB members will consider similar
answers to any questions they may receive from non-members. Spreading the
BB gospel this way helps all of us.)

Fritz Königshofer writes to William Staar:

Your letter and copies arrived on Wednesday. Sorry it took me till today
to react.There is no question that your greatgrandparents lived in
Güssing, Burgenland (Hungarian name Német-Ujvár). The Aloys versus Alois
spellings are of no relevance... these are simply variations of the same

The first document is a transcript of the Roman Catholic baptismal entry
of your grandfather. It states that he was born in Güssing, house no. 38
(probably where the family lived), to parents Albert Josef Staar, Roman
Catholic, master blacksmith, born in Moschendorf, and Anna nee Gotthard,
Roman Catholic, born in Deutsch Schützen. The baptism happened four days
after the birth (birth on March 16, 1909, baptism on March 20). The
godparents were Josef Nikischer and Johanna Semler.

Your grandfather received the baptismal rites from the famous Father
Gratian Leser who headed the Franciscan Convent in Güssing and is
unforgotten to this day due to the "village series" he wrote about the
history of Burgenland villages and other historical articles about the

The second paper is a transcript of the birth entry from the civil
records. It puts the birth of Albert Josef Staar also on March 16, 1909;
it was recorded on March 21. It lists father Alois Staar as a blacksmith
("Schmied"... as you can see, this is his profession, not his origin),
andthe parent couple as living (and possibly belonging to) Güssing. This
entry provides the age of the parents, namely 47 years each. I believe
that the rightmost column simply states that the birth was reported by the
father (Alois Staar) and entered in the records by Emil Hollo, likely the
town's notary.

William, you stand an excellent chance to unravel data on your ancestors
via the microfilms that can be ordered via the Family History Centers of
LDS. Check the so-called Salt Lake City Library index (on fiche) for
Austria, Burgenland, and Güssing. Go for the civil birth records, starting
with 1909 (your grandfather's birth) and working your way backwards. The
civil recordings before 1907 were much more detailed, i.e., provided
possibly more data on the origin and age of the parents. Assuming the
couple had lived in Güssing over a longer period.

I believe you should also check births after 1909 to see if any older
siblings of your grandfather were already married themselves and had
children. You may also scan the death records for siblings who died young
or other members of the household like grandparents who may have lived
with the family, also the marriage records for marriages in Güssing of any
siblings.Especially the girls would most likely have married in the town
of their parents, i.e., Güssing.

The civil records span Oct. 1895 through the end of 1920. They are in
Hungarian. If you run into any problem of interpretation, please let me
know. The records of Güssing are quite voluminous and you face a challenge
in scanning through them. However, I find this kind of hunting emotionally
very rewarding.

For the time before October 1895, you may order the Roman Catholic church
records, especially if you have not accounted for all 9 or so siblings yet
when you reach the start of the civil records. Then you should study the
Roman Catholic records of Moschendorf (Nagy-Sároslak) in about 1862 for
the birth of Alois (Alajos) Staar, and the Roman Catholic records of
Deutsch Schützen (Német Lövö) of the same period for the birth of Anna nee
Gotthard. The marriage of the couple might have been held and recorded in
Deutsch Schützen, or Güssing, Moschendorf, or yet another place. Try first
to come close to the prospective marriage date by finding the earliest
possible child births to the couple.

Let me also mention that there is a group in the Internet who share a
common interest in the Burgenland. The group is the Burgenland Bunch, and
was founded by Gerry Berghold (originally from Allentown, PA, now
Winchester, VA) who edits a biweekly newsletter. If you have not done so,
you may want to take a look at our web site at [old address deleted; new
is ] and the other material there. This is an
entirely non-commercial joint venture and I feel very much at home with
the co-members of the BB. In any case, please keep me updated how it goes.

Best regards, Fritz


Two recent notes which I thought would be of interest:

(1) In a message dated 99-03-18, Ron Bunch writes:

Is anyone in the Burgenland Bunch researching the Bunch surname?

Answer: No, but I can see why you thought we might be. The Burgenland
Bunch (Bunch here being synonymous with group) are 300 people involved
with family history in the Province of Burgenland in Austria (Hungary pre
1921). Our European correspondents also have occasional problems with our
choice of a name which doesn't translate well in German. G. Berghold

(2) In a message from Alex Tschaar:
To all of you, WOW!!! You can double that WOW!! The trunk full of
information that I received is beyond my highest hopes, believe me. For
the past couple of months I have been trying to break down the brick wall
I had come up against, lo and behold, it took the BURGENLAND BUNCH to do
it , it was like seeing the Berlin Wall coming down all over again. Thank
all of you so very,very much. YOU ALL ARE THE GREATEST!!! Sincerely, Alex

(Ed.-this is the gentleman, a new member, who said he'd like to know
something about his ancestors before he joins them!)

4. CANADIAN IMMIGRATION (by BB-Member Andrea Neumann)

I'm a member of the Burgenland Bunch. I also am on the Board of Directors
at the University of Minnesota for the Immigration History Research Center
representing the Croatian Community in the Twin Cities. I found the recent
question of the Lutheran Immigration Board interesting and although, there
isn't information about it at the IHRC, there may be other resources there
for people who are doing historical research. In the meantime, I had sent
the original question and transcript over to the IHRC to see if they could
help with any information too.
Here is a link to the web site that will describe in more detail what is
The other thing to note is that there are unadvertised fellowships and
scholarships for students wanting to study immigration further. See this
link here:

My family is in the process of creating a Croatian Studies fellowship at
the University of Minnesota and I am sure that anyone from the Burgenland
area interested in studying further immigration issues would be a good
applicant as well. I noticed that it has been removed from the list so am
not sure of what the status is. I will need to check into that further too.

additional forwarded email

From: Daniel Necas necas001(at)

Hi Andrea,
I have finally had the time to read those inquiries more closely. I see
that the emails forwarded by you do not contain the email addresses for
either Mike Huber or Fritz Königshofer, so I was unable to respond
directly to them.
I have not been able to locate anything in our holdings on the Canadian
Lutheran Immigration Board. From what I can see on the web, it sounds like
the Canadian Lutheran Immigration Board was established in1923, originally
to assist German Lutherans emigrating from Russia. After making it
gradually more and more difficult for these people to leave the country,
the Soviet government finally stopped that emigration completely in 1930.
I could not find out exactly when, how and why the LIB began to assist
Lutherans from Austria in their resettlement in Canada.
I will keep this inquiry on file and let you know as soon as I have any


Chicago Tribune (IL) - July 20, 2007
Deceased Name: HOEFLER, DOROTHY M.
Dorothy M. Hoefler, born in Burgenland, Austria, to the late Joseph and
Theresa, nee Wolfl; loving sister of Louis (Marie), Theresa (John) Hoenig,
Joseph, Marie (Anthony) Schranz, John, Robert (Helen), and Sr. M.
Bernadette, S.S.N.D.; beloved Aunt Dee to many. Visitation in church
Saturday, 9:15 until 10 a.m. Mass, at St. Gregory the Great Church, 5545 N
Paulina, Chicago. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove. In lieu of
flowers, donations to St. Gregory Church or School Sisters of Notre Dame.
For additional information, call Barr Funeral Home 773-743-4034 or sign the
guest book at

Chicago Tribune (IL) - 1982-05-04
Deceased Name: BINDER
Samuel Binder, born in Burgenland, Austria, beloved husband of the late
Anna, nee Heisenberger; loving father of Ann (Jack) Metke and Ellen (the
late John) Fleck; fond grandfather of Bob (Mary) Fleck and Marilyn Fleck.
Visitation at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer Av., Tuesday 2 to 9
Lying in state at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4200 W. 62d St., Wednesday
from 10 a.m. to time of services 11 a.m. Interment Evergreen. 735-7521.

I am sure I know the descendents of Samuel Fleck. He could even be the
ancestor of present BB members researching this name.

Chicago Tribune (IL) - September 26, 2006
Deceased Name: KLOPSCHEK, ANNA
Anna "Oma" Klopschek, nee Schendl, age 94, born in Burgenland, Austria.
Beloved wife of the late Frank; loving mother of Anne (the late Patrick)
Cleary; dear grandmother of Patrick (Hilary) Cleary, Margaret (Edward)
Pocius, Kathleen (Jack) Ferraro, Frank and Anne Marie Cleary;
great-grandmother of Anthony and Megan Ferraro, Nicole and Rachel Cleary,
Alexandra and Matthew Pocius; fond sister, preceded in death by Theresa,
Josef, Mary, Frank and Stephanie; also survived by many nieces and nephews;
caregiver and friend, Anna Pakos. Funeral Thursday, 9 a.m. from BlakeLamb
Funeral Home, 5800 W. 63rd St. to St. Symphorosa Church. Mass 9:30 a.m.
Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday, 3 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday,
5 to 9 p.m. For info. 773-284-7201.

This is a relative of John Radostits. She could have been from Neuberg or

Chicago Tribune (IL) - April 11, 2007
Deceased Name: CLEARY , ANNE S.
Anne S. "Nonnie" Cleary, nee Klopschek, age 73, born in Burgenland,
beloved wife of the late Patrick J.; devoted mother of Patrick (Hilary),
Margaret (Edward) Pocius, Kathleen (Jack) Ferraro, Frank and Anne Marie;
proud "Nonnie" of Anthony and Megan Ferraro, Nicole and Rachel Cleary, and
Alexandra and Matthew Pocius; loving daughter of the late Frank and Anna
Klopschek; dearest sister in law of Bridget (Martin) Lenihan, Mary (late
Bill) Meskill, William (Nancy), Catherine (John) Woods, John Joe of Ireland
and the late James (Marge Prior) and the late Tom, Annie and John; also
survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral
Thursday, 8:45 a.m. from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home,5800 W. 63rd St., to St.
Symphorosa Church. Mass 9:30 a.m. Rev. William Corcoran officiating.
Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday,
3 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation
would be appreciated. To celebrate Anne's life, visit Info,

The same for this one. I think we saw some of these before. I can forward
to Frank Radostits,

Chicago Tribune (IL) - 1974-05-27
Deceased Name: GAGER
Anna Gager, nee Arthofer, beloved wife of the late Martin; fond mother of
Martin, Louis (Betty), Ann (John) Vallee (changed from the common
name of Wally-Hungarian I think) and the late Frank Gager; grandmother of
11; great-grandmother of 15; sister of Karl of Burgenland, Austria and the
late Fred. Funeral Tuesday, 9:15 a.m., from McPhee Funeral Home, 7133 S.
Western to St. Adrian Church, Mass of the Resurrection 9:45 a.m. Interment
St. Mary's Visitation after noon Sunday. 776-0777.

I have this obit. She is a relative of BB member Susan Gager Dunn & was
born in Lockenhaus. I will bet my grandparents knew her since she lived
less than 2 blocks away. My grandparents were waked at McPhee & my
granfather's 2nd wife also went to St. Adrian, the Irish church rather
than Nativity the neighborhood's much larger Lithuanian church.

Chicago Tribune (IL) - 1971-12-12
Deceased Name: Pratscher
John Pratscher, beloved husband of Johanna; fond father of Louise [John]
Chaney, Lillian [Michael] Gabriel and Mildred Kulovitz; grandfather of Alan
Kulovitz, Carol Howlett, Janet and Jeftery Gabriel and Jeffery Chaney;
sisters in possibly Holzschlag Burgenland, Austria. Services Monday, 1
at O'Donnell-Bartz Funeral Home, 1811 W. 103d St. Interment Evergreen. In
lieu of flowers, memorials to Peace Memorial Church Building Fund
appreciated. BE 3-0551.

I am familiar with Kulovitz/Kulovits & Gabriel families. Too bad they have
0 interest in genealogy. I see used to Olga K at some of the dances. I
know that Gabriels were from the Holzschlag area, but Kulovitz who married
into the family were Croatians from Neuberg. This was definitely a Fuller
Park mix/arrangement.

Chicago Tribune (IL) - January 8, 1985
ROBERT UNGER, 87, a longtime leader in Chicago's Austrian community,
operated a grocery and meat market in the Fuller Park area, on the South
Side, for 32 years and was president of the businessmen's sector of the
Kenwood Improvement Association. In the late 1930s, he helped fend off an
attempted Nazi and German-American Bund infiltration of the Austrian lodges
in Chicago
Mass for Mr. Unger, a resident of Downers Grove, will be said at 10 a.m.
Thursday in St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church, 53d Street and South
McVicker Avenue. He died Monday in Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove,
after a long illness.
Mr. Unger, whose father was a tailor and grocer, was born Jan. 12, 1897, in
the Burgenland town of Kohfidisch. He was in the Austro-Hungarian army in
World War I, on the Russian and Italian fronts.
AFTER THE WAR, he moved to Vienna, where he worked as a clerk in a
delicatessen. While there, he became a leader in the movement to transfer
Burgenland (then known as German West Hungary) from Hungary to Austria.
His father, Johann, working in the province for this cause, was twice jailed
when the Hungarian authorities attempted to crush the movement.
Mr. Unger saw the movement attain its goal in 1921 as a result of the
of St. Germain. He then emigrated to United States, arriving and settling
the Fuller Park community of Chicago in April, 1922.
In 1980, in a privately published memoir, he wrote about his first night in
Chicago: ''It was 'Neuland,' a new ground for me, one to which I had
transplanted myself and one in which I had to root myself, so as not to be
swept away by the winds of life into a vast emptiness, such as has been the
fate of thousands and thousands of frustrated persons in the course of
He held a number of jobs, primarily in road construction, in the 1920s and
1930s until he and his wife, Mary, saved enough in 1932 to buy a meat
and grocery at 4425 S. Princeton Ave. In 1939, they moved the store across
the alley to 4424 S. Wells St.
IN THE LATE 1920s, he had become president of the Burgenlander Lodge, a
mutual health and life insurance program as well as social group. He helped
establish it on a sound financial basis, investing lodge dues and income
from dances and picnics in home mortgages.
Later, when Nazi and German-American Bund groups attempted to infiltrate
city's Austrian lodges to obtain support for the Nazi government, Mr. Unger
led the attack against them. His theme was, ''We are Americans.''
After World War II, he was a leader in the Austrian Aid Society in sending
food, clothing and medicine to Austria.
The Ungers retained the store until 1964. After the death of his wife in
1967, Mr. Unger moved to Arlington Heights, where he lived until 1970.
HE MOVED to the Woodlawn section of the Bronx in New York, where he married
Gisela Noemyer, a widow, who had been his childhood sweetheart in
and whom he had not seen in over 50 years.
She died in 1975 and he returned to the Chicago area the next year, moving
to Downers Grove.
Survivors include 2 sons, Dr. Robert, a dentist, and Rudolph, a writer-
reporter for The Tribune; a daughter, Hilda Joy; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-
grandchildren; and 4 sisters, Hedwig Andress, Anna Wailand, Resi Baumann
Mitzi Temel
Copyright (c) 1985, Chicago Tribune Company. All rights reserved.

We need not comment on this one again! I should go to the cemetery & snap
a shot of his gravemarker. I wish I would have met Unger. He had a
tremendous reputation in the community & was very down to earth.

(to be continued)


Ernest J. Luisser
Ernest J. Luisser, devoted husband, father and grandfather, of Allentown,
passed away on March 9 at the age of 88.

He was born in Kohfidisch, Burgenland, Austria to the late Mary (Stangl)

He was married to Stella C. (Garger) Luisser for 62 years in November.

During World War II, he served as a corporal with the 522 Air Service
Group with the Army in North Africa and Italy.

Ernest was a driver and dispatcher for 19 years with C&E Trucking and then
he worked for Servomation in the warehouse for 14 years until retiring in

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Allentown.

He was a member of V.F.W. Post 4714, Northampton, 6th ward Civic
Association and the 6th ward Crime Watch.

Ernest was an avid golfer and bowler, usually with the Mountainville Mixed
Bowling League.

Survivors: Wife, Stella C. of Allentown; son, James and his wife, Kathleen
Luisser, of Allentown; daughter, Kathleen and her husband, Robert
Lindenmoyer, of Northampton; grandchildren, Eric and his wife, Michelle
Politi, Lisa Politi and Katelyn Politi; niece, Elfriede Bleicher. He was
predeceased by his sisters, Gertrude Schaeffer and Hermine Bleicher.

Anna Santa
Anna Santa, geb. Györi aus Oberradling, starb am 18. Februar 2009 im 84.
Lebensjahr in Kornwestheim, Germany. Sie war mit dem aus Jakobshof
stammenden Karl Santa verheiratet.


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