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How it started

How it started

My grandparents were born in the village Jabuka (5), west of Pancevo (4). They were the archive of their birthplace and the neighboring villages with predominant German population and everybody who researched, documented or investigated anything related to this region sooner or later ended in our house. One of these visitors was the archaeologist Bernhard Hänsel, who lead excavations at the Plateau Sajkaska (6) near the estuary of the Tisza, from 1986 – 1991. Hänsel, who was accompanied by the archaeologist Georg Kossack from time to time, frequently visited my grandparents before, during and after the excavations were broken off due the beginning of the wars in former Yugoslavia.

1 Belgrade, 2 Vinca, 3 Starcevo, 4 Pancevo, 5 Jabuka, 6 Plateau Sajkaska

A Timis, B Bega, C Tisza, D Save

 

My grandparents were Danube Swabians, and just like anybody else with German ancestors living in former Yugoslavia, they were collectively held responsible what meant they were dispossessed, jailed in internment and extermination camps, later held in forced labor contracts until they were finally allowed to move to Germany in the early 1950s.

 

 

It is pretty easy to create the usual list of disgusting cruelties and blatant injustice, but honestly, I am sick of it. Therefore, I would like to introduce to the hidden history, unknown trash, or whatever the matching description for the following topics would be.

The category “politics” will contain anything focused on “unknown” folks who were active in and around Belgrade and Pancevo during WW II, “diplomacy” is the category for anything related to associations and institutions, “archaeology” contains topics about archaeological issues, “trash” is the category for “unknown” places of archaeological interest, whilst  “About this site” is pretty self declaring.