Peaceful villages and towns, 2-3 miles apart from each other,
spread across the low plains of the Austrian Empire, and later Hungary,
Romania, and Yugoslavia, were the home of Swabian pioneers, who came and
built an agricultural paradise.
The Swabians' social lives
were constructed around village activities, such as music, singing, and
dancing. Since most people were members of a church, the church played a
prominent role. Christmas, New Year's, Easter, Kirchweih, and the Harvest
were celebrated in grand fashion. German schools assured that all children
would receive an education worthy of the times.
Life, however, was not
easy. Hard work was the only thing which assured this peaceful
coexistence. No one ever thought this peaceful existence would come to an
end. The roots were deep, the soil was giving endless wealth, and there
was no reason to suspect a disaster. But adversity struck again. World War
II demanded not only many lives, but also cost our Swabians their
homeland. Those deep-imbedded roots planted by emigrants from Germany and
Alsace-Lorainne around 1750 were torn out of the black soil which gave
life to our Swabian people for so many years.
Fleeing the oncoming
Russian Army and the cruel hands of communism, many of our people headed
west toward Austria and Germany by horsedrawn wagons, trains, trucks, or
on foot. They arrived in a country torn by air raids, hunger, and lack of
shelter. However, the Swabians who remained at home suffered a much worse
fate, as many were killed or displaced from their homes. As World War II
came to an end, most of the Swabian families were torn apart. They were
without sufficient food, clothing, and housing. But most of all, they were
And so it came that many of our people set out to plant their
roots once again in hope of establishing a peaceful existence. Tied
together by pride, tradition, faith, and the need to be socially close to one another, the MRAMORAK PEOPLE started to meet every year for their Churchfestivals.