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April May June   2009    Volume 4 Number 2


APRIL 2009





    For 60 years, the German National Tourist Board has worked in cooperation with the Federal Government to promote tourism to Germany. It markets the diverse nature of travel to Germany throughout the world, promoting an enormous and appealing product: Germany as a travel destination.
Since 1999, the German National Tourist Board has also been responsible for the marketing of domestic tourism from one region to another. Its strategic goal is the responsible marketing of inter-regional vacation themes in Germany.

    As marketing organization of the travel destination Germany, the German National Tourist Board is responsible for the vital function of promoting Germany. This encompasses the development of demand- and experience-oriented marketing and the centralization and optimization of all marketing activities that reach to every level of the approach to the market. Thus, the German National Tourist Board works in close cooperation and economic partnership with partners of all levels of the tourism industry in Germany.

The Goals of the German National Tourist Board are to:

  • Increase the number of visitors

  • Increase foreign currency income

  • Strengthen the German economy

  • Position Germany as a multi-faceted and attractive travel destination

Further information about tasks and activities of the GNTB.



APRIL 2009


[Coat-of-Arms (Thuringia, Germany)]


Potato dumplings the size of a child’s head


    Thuringia’s national dish is the Kartoffel Klöße, or potato dumpling, preferably about the size of a child’s head. Every town in Thuringia swears on the authenticity of its own original recipe, every housewife on that of her own. It is no surprise then, that there are 18,972 recorded recipes for the dumpling. Klöße were also formed back in the former East German GDR, and there for the first time, under planned production methods. The ZBE (Zwischenbetriebliche Einrichtung, or roughly, Inter-production Framework) in Heichelheim opened Thuringia’s first Klöße manufacturing plant in 1968, letting the women of Thüringen take a huge sigh of relief: no more grating and pressing. Finally, there were mass Klöße for the comrades. These were so adored, that they soon became one of the most prized possessions of any household which was lucky enough to acquire them.


    Since 1999, the once booming factory houses a Klöße museum, providing a wealth of information, not only about Klöße, but about the potato itself as well. The plethora of facts, which are to be awaited here, is truly amazing. None other than the cultural history of the potato is presented here. The visitor learns of the potato flower in Marie-Antoinette's hair, of the gift of potatoes to a sickly pope, and of the incredible renown of the potato: without its introduction into society, Europe would never have withstood the industrial revolution. It is thanks to the potato, that one farmer alone could feed ten people. Whoever might notice an appetite after visiting the museum should take the short trip to nearby Mechelrode. There, the original child’s head size can still be found. Just make sure not to look into the pot, counting the number of Klöße. Why not? You had better ask the cook.

Excerpt from "übersehene sehenswürdigkeiten. deutsche orte" by Michaela Vieser and Reto Wettach.

The chef at the “Einhorn” (Unicorn Restaurant) in Mechelroda

Thuringian Potato Dumpling Museum, Heichelheim

    In Heichelheim near Weimar, the region's dumpling worshipers have found their shrine in the Potato Dumpling Museum. It offers organized seminars about dumplings, where visitors can learn all about the preparation of this “Thuringian food of the Gods”, and it has displays of old equipment once used for the preparation of dumplings as well as on the history of the potato.


    The potato dumpling, Thuringia's national dish, is made of potatoes, which have been culturally significant in north Thuringian since the 17th century. The versatile spud and its processing still play an important role in the region today. The permanent exhibition illustrates many aspects of the stories of both the dumpling and the potato. There are ancient potato ricers, old potato sorting machines and other agricultural equipment once used for cultivating potato fields. Open Tuesday to Sunday from April to October; Tuesday to Friday from November to March. Guided tours available.



Heichelheimer Weltkartoffel


Kartoffeldenkmal "Heichelheimer Weltkartoffel" wird durch Landwirtschaftsminister Herrn Sklenar, Bauernpräsidentin Herrn Kliem, Zeitungschef Herrn Goosmann, Schirmherrin Frau Lieberknecht eingeweiht


    Die Heichelheimer Feuerwehr bringt das Kartoffeldenkmal "Heichelheimer Weltkartoffel " auf den Willy-Brandt-Platz Erfurt   


APRIL 2009


Map of Germany in black, red and gold (c) istock

German Missions
in the United States


    Nine German Missions throughout the United States offer consular services. Each Mission covers specific states and counties. Please select your state of residence to find out which one can assist you with your concerns.


    You will need Adobe Flash Player to see the full content of this page. If you do not have it installed on your computer, you can download it free of charge from the producer or take a look at our flash-free consulate district list instead.




APRIL 2009

Die Donauschwaben

Germans From Hungary

By Carolyn Schott

Forwarded by Dennis Bauer and Alex Leeb

    The following article is written by Carolyn  Schott, author of the Bessarbian - Newsletter (GRHS). Carolyn, travelled to Sindelfingen, Germany, to research about the German immigrated to the Austrian- Hungarian empire, settling in regions that are today Yugoslavia,   Romania and Hungary. Many of the Germans that settled  in the Batschka area as well as the Banat area, and moved on the German colonies around Odessa in the early 1800's. I'm sure, some you will find the article interesting.

Alex. Leeb

Die Donauschwaben

Germans from Hungary

By Carolyn Schott


    My ancestors seem to have wandered just about every path you can take on their way to Bessarabia. One of my most challenging families to research has been my g-g-g-grandparents, Mathäus and Philippina (Bitz) Klein, who came from Hungary to Freudental, Odessa. (Their granddaughter, Philippina Klein, eventually ends up in Hoffnungstal, Bessarabia.)


    In the late 1700’s, many Germans immigrated to the Austrian-Hungarian empire, settling in regions that are today Yugoslavia, Romania, and Hungary. (See article by Gayla Gray on page 4 of this issue for a more detailed history .) Many of the Germans that settled in the Batschka area (west of the Tisza River and east of the Danube), as well as the Banat area (east of the Tisza River and north of the Danube) moved on to the German colonies around Odessa in the

early 1800’s.


    I traveled to Germany last fall and wanted to visit an organization that I’d heard of near Stuttgart that had an extensive library and specialized in the “Donauschwaben,” as these immigrants are called. I met a friend, who had agreed to be my guide into Donauschwaben research, at the Haus der Donauschwaben located in Sindelfingen. Sindelfingen is a suburb of Stuttgart known more for its auto industry connections than its tourist attractions. (The desk clerk at my hotel said to me “ You’re on vacation in Sindelfingen? Why?”)


    The Haus der Donauschwaben is the headquarters for the Arbeitskreis donauschwäbischer Familienforscher (AKdFF) or Working Group for Danube- Swabians Family Research. It contains a museum – and a library where I found an absolute treasure trove of information!


    They have an extensive collection of books on the individual villages in Hungary, with maps, village histories, census lists and other lists of settlers’ names. An example – for the town I was focused on, Verbas/Batschka, I found a book Die Auswanderung nach Neu- Werbass in der Batschka 1784- 1786 by Dr. Gerhard Hein which included “Jacob Bitz, born 1774, married Catharina N. He immigrated 1807 from Neu-Verbas to Freudental, Russia.” Another book in the library, Werbass 1785 – 1975, shows “Bitz, Jakob, House #108, place of origin Wiesloch/Kreis Heidelberg, died 1797, 57 years old. His son, Jakob 1808 to Russia.”


    Since Jacob Bitz (the son) shows up in the Freudental 1812census in house #47, just next door to my g-g-g-grandparents, I think it’s reasonable to believe that my Philippina (Bitz) Klein is most likely from the same Bitz family – and I have the probable name of her father and my connection back to Germany! (Although further research is obviously needed in Wiesloch, Germany to prove these assumptions.)


    My Kleins are a bit more difficult since Klein is such a common name. Still, with the books I found in the AKdFF library plus some contacts from the AKdFF listserv, I’ve discovered possible origins for this family in both Germany and another part of Hungary. Although I have more work to do, at least now I have some clues to follow!


    Another incredibly valuable resource being published by AKdFF is the Stefan Stader series Sammelwerk donauschwäbischer Kolonisten. It is a compilation, from many different sources, of German immigrants to Hungary, their origin in Germany, family members, etc. The first two volumes, A-D and E-G, are available from the Family History Library on microfilm 1224548. Volumes 3 and 4, H-Kap and Kar-L, can be purchased from AKdFF. (I was quoted €40 + €7 for postage to purchase Volume 4.) Presumably these books will also be available on FHL microfilm some time in the future.


    AKdFF has membership options both in Europe and North America. A North American membership is $30 U.S. per year and includes receiving the quarterly publication, Donauschwäbische Forschungsblätter by email, in English. (There is currently a backlog of these translations which is being caught up.) AKdFF also publishes the AKdFF-Handbuch, which is similar to the GRHS Stammbaum, as it lists the families and villages each member is researching. (The Handbook is currently out of print, but a new edition will be published in the coming year.) By cross-referencing Klein and Verbas, I was able to identify several AKdFF members to contact for possible Klein family information.


    AKdFF also supports a German language listserv for sharing Donauschwaben information. It is a closed list, available only to members.


    If you’ve got ancestors who came from Hungary, and have the chance to be in the Stuttgart area, I highly recommend a visit to the Haus der Donauschwaben. It’s best to call and make an appointment in advance as their library is only open on specific days (primarily Thursdays) and hours for research.


    For more information, visit their web page at:



By Carolyn Schott

Friends Gayla Gray and Carolyn Schott along the Crimean coastline, co-editors of GRHS Heritage Review.

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