Donauschwaben in den USA

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Green-White or White Green

By Hans Kopp

    Since the time of the Donauschwaben reached the shore of the USA a controversy developed about the colors of the flag of the Donauschwaben; “Green-White or White Green”, This controversy still seamed to be present at the Tag der Donauschwaben USA-Canada in Mansfield this labor day of 2007.

    However, it did not matter under what flag the groups participated their flags and banner were beautiful. It was a great pleasure and heartwarming for the older generation of Donauschwaben to see so many young children, teenagers parading in their beautiful Trachten, to the grandstand where they were greeted by Jakob Hunsinger, president of the Mansfield Liederkranz and Leo Mayer, president of the Landesverband der Donauschwaben, USA.

    Now let us take a look at the history of the flag and how the primary colors of the flag derived to end any possible controversy which may still exist.

    The colors of the Donauschwaben flag are White-Green and the order must be followed. Its origin can be traced to the city of Weißkirchen, Banat whose colors were also White-Green. During the turn of the 20th Century, Weißkirchen was the center of the awakening movement of the Donauschwaben under their leader Ludwig Kremling 1861-1930 of Weißkirchen. Ludwig Kremling became the first president of the “Ungarländische Deutsche Volkspartei” in 1906 when it was founding.

    The selection of the colors should not be surprising. They were selected in honor of Weißkirchen most likely also in honor of Anton Kremling. There is the possibility that Red-White-Green of the Hungarian flag may have influenced the selection of the colors, since Hungary was the homeland of the Donauschwaben till 1918.

    The symbolic representation of the colors are: “White” represents the peaceful character, work ethics and productivity of the Donauschwaben, “Green” represents the breadbasket they created and the land they cultivated which became their new homeland, their paradise.

    Josef Volkmar Senz, the great teacher and author of the Donauschwaben finalist the colors in Salzburg, Austria in 1955, as “White-Green” in his book “Geschichte der Donauschwaben” (History of the Donauschwaben).



Fahne Weiss-Grün

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