Board of Directors:
Mary Agnes Wagner, Vice President
Joe Erbert, Secretary
Bernie Zerfas, Treasurer
Aura Lee Furgason
Dr. Ortfried Kotzian
Edward Al Lang
Prof. Dr. Kurt Rein
P.O. Box 81, Ellis, KS
Editorial response to
P. O. Box 1083
Hays, KS 67601-1083
It is always a pleasure to announce new members of the
LIFETIME CLUB. The members are honored by listing on plaques at the main
entrance to the society headquarters and museum. Members, over a hundred strong,
receive newsletters and do not pay annual dues. The funds are placed in an
endowment with earnings paid to the society for operating expenses.
Kathy & Joe Rieberger, Cranbrook, B. C. Canada
Rose Bekar S. P., Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Please be assured that we are also very grateful for our
annual members who support the society each year with their dues. A renewal note is contained with this mailing for 2001.
BUKOVINA PEOPLE & EVENTS
Bukovina Brazil in 2001 is progressing. A number of members have
plans to travel to Rio Negro/Mafra July 6-8 for their annual celebration. One of
the leaders of the Bukovina colony, Ayrton Goncalves Celestino, has been in
frequent contact with us and restates his welcome to all.
Anyone interested may contact the society to coordinate travel. Al Lang has made
his second stop there recently during his international travels. The plans for
Friday include international speakers and an evening of arts and music. Saturday
will include tours of the Bukovina colony, a grand parade of the Bukovina people
and a dinner and dance featuring the crowning of the Bukovina Queen. Sunday will
start with Mass followed by a Bukovina lunch and an afternoon of games.
Bukovina Canada in July of 2002 will be held in Regina. Registrants will
have the opportunity to also attend sessions of the Federation of East European
Family History Societies. To see the quality of their programs visit the FEEFHS
web site and view the 2000 program. Irmgard Ellingson, chair for the society, is
working with Laura Hanowski of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society on the
Tracing Your Saskatchewan Ancestors, a guide to the records and how to use
them, edited by Laura Hanowski and published by Saskatchewan Genealogical
Society is now available. Information at their web site,
or P0 Box 1894, Regina, SK S4P 3E1
Maria Beckers, who wrote about the Marian Forest Chapel
in a newsletter,
received visitors to her home who were born in Poiana Micului and Dumbrava.
Markus Heiden, the builder of the chapel, brought along his harmonica and
Bohemian music was played. The age of the visitors ranged between 68-79 years.
They had a jolly time.
In this issue we pay tribute to one of our helpers, Thelma Spinks. She works
at the society headquarters under the Green Thumb program, which keeps the
museum open in the afternoons Tuesday through Saturday. Thelma makes a special
effort to keep the facility clean and attractive for visitors. She also mails
the newsletter and does other paperwork chores. Her next goal is to operate the
Irma Bornemann, Stuttgart, died on October 24th of this year. Irma was a most
gracious host to Pat and I when we attended the 40th meeting of the Bukovina
Germans in Germany in May of 1989. We were part of a delegation along with
Irmgard Ellingson and Paul Polansky from the newly formed Bukovina Society of
the Americas. Mrs. Bornemann honored the new society as our special
guest at the first Bukovinafest in Ellis in July 1989. She did much to
inspire our continued growth and served as a bridge to other Bukovina
organizations around the world.
Deepest sympathies to Renate Geschwendtner and her
family on the death of her grandmother, Gisela Oberländer, who was the
subject and source of many interesting stories published in the newsletter.
Frank and Juanita Augustine entertained a
Bukovinafest presenter, Michael Augustin. Michael spent a recent
weekend visiting with cousins and Bukovina people in Ellis. Frank
prepared and served "Kimmel Schnapps" for his guests, an old Bohemian-German
RUTH SCHMAHL CHRISTMAS
Fay Jordaens, a frequent contributor to the
newsletter, was driving her Mom, Ruth Schmahl to her sister's house,
"chatting, listening to the radio and we both said the same phrase at the same
time. Mom said, "Oh, we have to make a wish".. and she slid her pinky finger
around mine and said, in Swabish "Ich winch, Ich winch, Ich weiss net was,
ge in die Schul und lern was." It's what the kids said in Edenwold around
the turn of the century. She recalls it means, "I wish I wish I know not
what, Go to school and learn something."
Fay sent the society a copy of their annual family holiday
greetings. Her mother Ruth recalls, "When I was a child, living in Edenwold,
Sas., Christmas was a fun holiday season, even though we had few school
vacation days. Mother and my older sister Martha would fill the house with the
aroma of special "kuchen", apple strudels, and huge holiday fruitcakes. Papa
would always bring home a big bag of candy and another one of nuts.
Mother and my older sisters would be busy for days before the big event, not
just baking but sewing clothes for our porcelain dolls. While this was
going on, we younger children were busy constructing colorful rings, which we
glued together into a long string, then we used it to decorate the tree. The
last touch, of coursed, was the tinsel, which we children were allowed to
apply. In the evening, after supper we enjoyed the most pleasurable part of
the day. We retired to the parlor, where my sister Martha played the organ and
our family sang hymnals in harmony. Mother and sister Mina sang soprano,
Martha and I sang alto, while Papa and Paul sang bass. We had a large
self-feeder stove keeping us war, our kerosene lanterns were brightening our
parlor and our love for one another warmed our spirits. This is my earliest
memory of Christmas on the Frombach farm, in 1912 when I was six!"
PILSNER FAMILY REUNION
By Maria (Lang) Becker
Between July 28-30, descendants of the Bori colonist
Wenzel Pilsner (born c. 1815) held their seventh family reunion in
Rockglen, Saskatchewan, Canada. Randy and Sandy Clark hosted a gathering of
over 130 people on their ranch, twenty miles north. Visitors came from the
Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and from Washington,
Michigan, and New Jersey in the US.
The North American Pilsners have intermarried with
other Bukovinian families including: Friedl, Gall, Jockel, Kwasnicki, Loy,
Nowecki, Rumpel and Sawilla. Pilsner siblings (children of Wenzel's son,
Josef) emigrating either to Canada or to the United States in the early
twentieth century were; John, Rosina, Katharina, Marie, Leon, Rudolf and
Adolf. Their descendants, numbering in the hundreds and today widely
dispersed, still maintain frequent familial contacts.
The reunion program consisted of a variety of activities; story telling,
hay rides, and games. Family members with musical talents contributed to the
entertainment with unrehearsed, but professionally presented, country music.
Regretfully, the religious service scheduled for Saturday, the 29th, had to be
improvised, since the parish priest became ill and could not attend. Through
the initiative of Gary Pilsner and others, a solution was soon found with
readings from Holy Scripture, communal prayers and song.
The next reunion is tentatively scheduled for the year 2005. Anyone
wishing more information, genealogical or otherwise, on the Bukovina Pilsners,
please feel free to contact Maria (Lang)
Becker, 210 Sidney Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867 USA or Sandy Clark, P 0 Box
123, Rockglen, SK, SOH 3RO, Canada,
ARNOLD SCHMAHL FOUND IN COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND!
The National Archives EWZ Collection
by Fay Jordaens and Laurence Krupnak
When my Schmahl ancestors departed Czernowitz in
1911 for Canada, they left behind all contact with extended family members.
Knowledge of the Bukowina Schmahls would have remained unknown to me had it not
been for wartime German documents which were gathered by the Western Allies and
copies of which are available in the U.S. at the National Archives (NA).
The German documents which opened the door to
additional family history are the documents of the Einwandererzentrastelle
(EWZ). The EWZ was the wartime German government organization that
coordinated the resettlement of ethnic Germans who were residing outside of
Germany during the period 1939-1945.
In great detail the EWZ records defined the status of
my relatives who resided in Bukowina and resettlement camps during the war.
Seeing photographs of heretofore unknown relatives was particularly chilling. In
some cases, I read hand-written letters which asked that encamped relatives be
allowed to leave Germany and return to their "homeland" in Romania.
By carefully studying descriptions of physical
features, as well as relationships to one another, the photographs of relatives
put a "face" to some unknown Schmahls. For example, I never knew that my
grandfather Ludwig Schmahl, who died in Canada in 1916, had a brother
named Arnold and, that he and his wife and four children were living in
Czernowitz. Imagine my surprise to not only discover "Onkel Arnold, " but to find
a clear picture of him just as he appeared that sorrowful day on the 14th of
February, 1941! His picture shows a sad looking 63 year-old man, with a full
head of hair, deeply furrowed brow, very even features, sporting a handlebar
mustache, neatly dressed in shirt, tie, sweater and jacket, holding a placard
with his EWZ number depicted across the picture's base. Arnold, described as a
shoemaker, lists the names of five half brothers and sisters, all of whom were
unknown to our family!
For researchers interested in and understand the codes
developed by the Nuremburg Gesetz [laws], Rasse-Kartei (Race Cards) contained in
the EWZ files are replete with this information. I owe a large thank you
to Laurence Krupnak, a researcher located in the Washington, DC area. I hired
Laurence to access the EWZ records because the complete EWZ collection is
presently only available at a U.S. NA facility located in College Park,
Maryland, and the Bundesarchiv in Berlin, Germany.
Below is a very brief description
of the EWZ collection. The US National Archives' EWZ Collection During the final
months of World War II through October 1953, the Western Allies under US Army
control consolidated the large caches of Nazi Party and affiliated government
organization documents that were found throughout Germany. These documents were
stored and examined in Berlin in a facility that was called the Berlin Document
In 1993, an agreement was reached to transfer title and
control of the BDC to Germany by July 1, 1994. One article of the agreement was
that all captured German records would be microfilmed and that one complete
set would be provided to the US. These records were given to the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for archiving and making available to
One wartime German agency whose records were captured
was the EWZ. The EWZ, Immigration Control Center, was established in 1939 to
coordinate the resettlement and naturalization of qualified ethnic Germans who
resided outside of Germany. The EWZ processed more than 2.9 million persons
during the period 1939-1945. Most EWZ records were found intact by Allied
Forces - an estimated 70,000-80,000 files were destroyed before capture.
Screening (Durchschleusing) the eligible ethic Germans
involved interviews and examinations by 6-9 EWZ offices. Families were generally
processed together and all persons aged 15 and above were registered separately.
Photographs were taken, medical examinations were performed, fluency in German
language was tested, family histories and racial examinations based on
anthropological evaluations of physical attributes were recorded, etc.
Some or all of the following documents were prepared by
the EWZ for each ethnic German that was interviewed:
EWZ-Kartei (or E-Kartei), a general
Gesundheitskartei (or G-Kartei), a health
examination card, which included biographical data, a genealogical
chart, and a photograph ["Health Cards"];
Volkstumsausweis Certificat, an applicant's ethnic German
background, birthplace, and residence, and Umsiedlerausweis, an applicant's
Rasse-Kartei, cards that summarized the racial examination,
including a photograph ["Race Cards"];
Anträge, naturalization application case files, which are
generally very thick files containing, among other items, a
Stammblätter, a standard form which was used to summarize personal
information, including spouse and children, and family history
["Family Form"]; Einbürgerungsanträge, (abbreviated as Vfg.), the
naturalization application form; Umsiedler, which includes a description of
property left behind; related correspondence; etc.
As stated above, the NA has a complete set of the EWZ
records. The set of EWZ records is on microfilm and the microfilms are kept at
the NA's facility in College Park, Maryland. This facility is called Archives
II and is located near Washington, DC. The NARA microform publication number for
the EWZ collection is A3342, "Documents Generated In Connection With Activities
Of The EWZ."
Here are the major series of the A3342 collection that
contain genealogically-useful information:
EWZ-50: Anträge (Applications) for naturalization of
ethnic Germans from the USSR,
EWZ-51: Anträge for naturalization of ethnic Germans from
Romania [includes all of Bukowina and Bessarabia],
EWZ-52: Anträge for naturalization of ethnic Germans from
EWZ-53: Anträge for naturalization of ethnic Germans from
the Baltic countries,
EWZ-541: Anträge for naturalization of ethnic Germans from
EWZ-542: Anträge for naturalization of ethnic Germans from
EWZ-543: Anträge for naturalization of ethnic Germans from
EWZ-544: Applicants for Wehrmacht, Organisation Todt, SD,
EWZ-545: Anträge for naturalization of ethnic Germans from
EWZ-56: Rasse-Kartei, and
EWZ-57: E-Kartei and G-Kartei (E/G
E/G Kartei served as the central
registry of the EWZ. The E/G Kartei collection contains approximately 2.9
million alphabetically-ordered cards.
NA staff do not perform research. They will however
examine the available indexes to determine which microfilm rolls MIGHT contain
records of individuals that you are interested in. [That is, the indexes only
provide a range of names that appear on individual microfilm rolls.] Copies of NARA's EWZ microfilms can be purchased from NARA.
If you are unable to visit Archives II or do not want
to take a chance of purchasing a roll(s) of microfilm that may not contain the
person(s) that you are researching, consider hiring a professional who is very
familiar with and can easily access the EWZ collection, such as Laurence
Krupnak. Laurence is a member of the APG, the Association of Professional
Genealogists, a peer-reviewed organization. Laurence frequently contributes to
the Bukowina Mailing List. Laurence can be contacted by e-mail at
Lkrupnak@erols.com, or by post at 1711 Corwin Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland
From Czernowitz to Cologne:
The Life of Edith Krammer (nee Baum)
Recounted by Her Daughter, Ingeborg
Edith was born in Czernowitz, Bukovina in 1918, just after
World War I when Bukovina came under Romanian jurisdiction. She was the daughter
of the master stove fitter Heinrich Baum and his wife, Karoline Weber.
Picture 1: Karoline Weber, Heinrich Baum (not avail)
Edith was the fourth of six siblings, the first three of whom
were born in Czernowitz when it was still under Austrian rule. She recalls a
happy childhood amongst her family with a close relationship to her grandmother
Josefa Baum (nee Huber), uncles, aunts and cousins, who also lived in
Czernowitz. Her material grandparents had died before Edith's birth.
Picture 2: Josef Huber (not avail)
The siblings grew up in a strict Protestant environment,
where Sunday church attendance was mandatory. Her father was a Presbyterian and
her mother was very much involved with the women's association of the local
The German community of Czernowitz kept close contact with
its members, which, however, did not preclude friendship with Jewish fellow
citizens. Edith's best friend, Hedy Gottlieb, was Jewish. In 1925 Edith enrolled
in the "German Protestant School," which was affiliated with the Protestant
parish of Czernowitz. Although the language of instruction was German, Romanian
classes were obligatory. She left this school in 1932 (seven years of formal
education were required at this time) and began an apprenticeship as a milliner
in the shop of Mr. Weinraub, a Jewish businessman.
At about this same time Edith became a member of the
"Deutscher Jugendbund " (German Youth Association) and the "Gustav-Adolf Schar "
(Gustav-Adolf Group ) of the parish. With these two organizations she took
numerous trips around the Czernowitz area and to the Carpathian Mountains.
During holidays she spent some time with relatives in Kimpolung, in southern
Picture 3: The Preaching Angel (not avail)
The Gustav Adolf Group had a theatrical section and acting
became one of Edith's passions. She proudly recalls her role as a preaching
angel in a nativity play. In 1939 Edith met her great love, the film technician Franz
Josef Krammer, born in Czernowitz, whom she married in 1940 in that city's
Protestant church. At this time Czernowitz was already occupied by the
Russians. She recalls that the material for her wedding dress had to be
clandestinely spirited out of the shop by its owner because the Russians had
closed all businesses.
Picture 4: Edith and Franz Josef in Czernowitz
Later in 1940 Adolf Hitler ordered that all Germans return to
Germany. At this time Edith, expecting her first baby and ill with pneumonia,
could not depart the city with her mother and sisters. Her older
brothers, Rudolf and Heinrich Baum, were no longer in Czernowitz, since they
had already been drafted for military service some time earlier. Franz Josef,
her husband, had not yet been drafted since his job was deemed "important for
the war." The media of film and radio had become significant vehicles of
Edith traveled to Upper Silesia via a hospital train. Her
husband was not allowed to accompany her en route. It took three months before
her husband found her in a resettlement camp in Silesia, where her daughter,
Ingeborg, was born. To forestall Franz Josef's being inducted into the SS, the
family also moved to Gratz (Edith's father had died earlier in 1942). In 1942
her son, Gerhard Franz, was born in Gratz and in 1943 her husband was finally
drafted. He was killed in action one year later, leaving Edith a widow at the
age of twenty-six with two small children.
In 1945 Edith, her two children, her mother and her three
sisters, one with three small children, had to flee Gratz. The circumstances of
this escape proved dramatic. They had preciously little to eat and drink. Edith
recalls that the bottle for her sister's three-month-old baby had to be warmed
over the flame of a candle in the train.
Their destination was a small village near Neuruppin, north
of Berlin. There they found shelter on a farm, where Edith worked in the fields.
During the winter she taught religious instruction at the local school. On many
occasions the family faced starvation while the farmers were feeding potatoes
and milk to their cattle rather than giving the food to the "unwanted" refugees.
In the meantime the Russians had occupied the area, and the
Germans lived in constant fear of the drunken soldiers who almost nightly were
on the prowl for young women. Once, when Edith's sister was taking Edith's
daughter to bed and praying with the child, a Russian soldier aimed his rifle
through the window. The sister panicked and ran with the child into the kitchen.
Because Edith spoke Romanian and showed courage, she could
defend herself and her children, but it was a time of sorrow and fear. One of
Edith's saddest memories was the death of her mother in 1946, on her daughter's
In 1949 Edith finally found a flat in the district capital
of Neuruppin and a position in the local law office. Because she resisted
joining the political party (the only one allowed), she faced certain
pressures. Even though it was nine years before the erection of the Berlin Wall,
leaving the Soviet sector was risky business but nonetheless possible. Happily,
the family was able to relocate to West Germany.
But as in 1945, she lost everything she possessed. She had
nothing and again had to start from scratch. Yet this time is was much easier.
Her brother, Heinrich Baum, who had settled near Cologne after his release from
a POW camp in France, proved a great help to her. At that time his wife was
still behind the Iron Curtain in Romania. She had been forcibly repatriated in
1945. But with the help of the Red Cross, she was able to join him in Cologne in
1962. In 1956 Heinrich built a house in Cologne where he, Edith and her two
children, and another sister with her family, lived together.
Edith is still in this house with her sister . With her two
children, three grandchildren and one great-grandson, she is looking
forward to celebrating her eighty-second birthday this August.
Ansiedlungswesen in der Bukowina
translated by Irmgard Hein Ellingson
Verlag der Wagner’schen Universitäts-Buchhandlung)
This is the report of the
Karlsberg parish chronicle in regard to the beginnings of the village.
Karlsberg was named for the Archduke Karl and was founded in 1797 by the
Radautz Economic Director Pauli and the Jewish man Reichenberg. In that year,
in the middle of the forest near Putna, these two men established a glass
making enterprise called Putner Hütte or the Putna Works. A number of
wooden houses were also built. The glass works in Lubaczow in Kreis
(county) Zólkiew, Galicia, were being abandoned at the time so Pauli and
Reichenberg sent for the German Bohemian workers there to come to Karlsberg.
The workers came and lived in the forest. For the most part, as their duties
at the glass works permitted, they tended gardens and meadows to which they
received proprietary rights. The leader was Löffelmann, a hard-working,
just-minded, and experienced man under whose direction the colony flourished.
When officials saw this, the colony was passed to the administration of the
Radautz Economic Directorship.
The Radautz domain, which
included Karlsberg, belonged to the imperial Religious Foundation which
administered lands confiscated from the Orthodox church. This land was rented
to the military for its stud farm so that General Cavallar, the farm’s
commander, had a certain influence upon the glass works. The first official
administrator of the glass works was named Beller. He was removed by Cavallar
and replaced by Rybicki, who directed the works until 1819. Rybicki’s
successor Franz Kuppetz managed the business so poorly that the glass works
had to be abandoned on 14 July 1829, thereby reducing the workers to the most
The following excerpts from
the village chronicle required elaboration from some sources, and correction
It was previously noted that
the entire Suczawa [Suceava] valley once belonged to the Putna monastery of
the Orthodox faith, and this area became part of the Religious Foundation
domain when the Austrian government confiscated the monastery estates. The
military rented it for their stud farm, as already indicated, but they had no
use for the forested lands. The military stud farm commander, as the superior
imperial authority, had permitted others to pursue their objectives and in the
same manner, allowed the entrepreneur and businessman Reichenberg to build a
glass works by Putna. The intention was not only to increase revenue but also
to provide a place for people in the neighboring villages to work and earn
money. The Economic Office director Pauli had a leading role in these
negotiations and is therefore not omitted in the parish chronicle.
The chronicles accurately
report that the first workers, virtually all Bohemian Germans, came from the
glass works at Lubaszow, Galicia. The Putna works commenced operation in 1797
and in 1801 passed to the possession of the stud farm. On 20 October 1801,
General Cavallar negotiated a contract with the workers, who promised to work
for at least one seven-year term of service in return for a certain wage, the
endowment of a house and garden as well as 1 ½ Joch
of pasture land, and an old-age pension. The chronicle’s accuracy in regard to
the enterprise’s early success is demonstrated by the fact that the
construction of a second glass works was being considered by 1802. It is also
noted that the Galician Landesguberium [provincial government]
negotiated with the Radautz cavalry commander about the immigration of twelve
glass-worker families from Bergreichenstein, Bohemia, according to a document
dated 18 March1803. Since the glass works expansion did not take place, it
seems that these families did not go to Bukovina but a number of other
Bohemian woodcutter families arrived in that year. In return for providing 50
of wood per year, each family would receive about six Joch of land, the
necessary wood for construction, and according to need, advances for the
purchases of livestock and implements. The settlers repaid the advances made
to them in four years and then they requested a contract. But the Economic
Office demanded 60 Klafter of wood from each family, which caused
various deep-rooted and persistent quarrels to surface. Even though the county
office interceded on behalf of the settlers, a number of families moved away
and were replaced by others. It was not until 21 September 1815 that a
contract was concluded with the Karlsberg woodcutters, although a similar
agreement had been reached with the glass workers fourteen years earlier.
After this, each family was again required to provide only 50 Klafter
of wood per year.
There was a dispute about the
intended allocation of land as well. Since only a limited amount of arable
land was available, the woodcutters were also assigned land in the Putna
community. Such incursions by the land managers had been forbidden by terms of
a 1787 decree issued by Emperor Joseph II. Forested lands brought into
cultivation belonged to the person who cleared it, and to his heirs.
After that, on 7 November 1815, the county office decided in favor of the
Putna community and those who resided there. Land had to be found for the
Karlsberg church, school, and similar structures but only very limited amounts
of arable land were provided.
Each family was given its own house, a vegetable garden, only about 1 ½
Joch of pasture, and pasturage rights in a community meadow in 1816.
Twenty years later, the village contained only about 42 Joch of
The quarrels, the management
errors, and damage to the enterprise caused by the competition from other
glass works ultimately caused the Karlsberg works to fail. A number of the
workers were laid off in 1825 and two years later, it was shut down.
Unfortunately we are not well-informed about the operation. It was reported
that the Radautz (Fratautz) estate relinquished the entire production of the
Putna works to one contractor at the price of 1 fl. 40 kr.
of glass panes and 1 fl. 20 kr. per Schock of shaped
The unemployed workers, who
lived in an area with very little arable land, experienced the most severe
misery after the glass works closed. Only a few found jobs in other glass
works. Fortunately this was about the time that the settlement plans were
again set into motion.
On 22 October 1833, the Radautz
Economic Office proposed to the cavalry general that twenty-one unemployed
families be offered the opportunity to settle upon abandoned properties in the
Radautz estate. These people were to be sold their houses in Karlsberg at a
cheap price. Each family was to relinquish their six Joch of land to
compensate for outstanding debt upon their contracted endowment. They would have
only 42 Joch 1034 square Klafter
that they could use until their relocation. Since 126 Joch were necessary
for the 21 households, an area of 83 Joch 566 square Klafter would
be taken from the estate and the community meadow of the Putna community. The
rest of the land would then be obtained from the forested lands. The county
office interceded on behalf of these settlers, referring to their plight which
they neither deserved nor merited, the poor quality of their land as contrasted
to the vast estate forests totaling 40,000 Joch, and the colony’s
impoverished condition in the surrounding wild area. It was the imperial
councilor’s duty to supervise the contract’s conclusion after the imperial
chancellery granted the settlement on 8 January 1838 and the regional
Gubernium approved it on 2 February 1838, which referred it to the county
office. The same contract went from the Lemberg Revenue Administration (15 March
1838) to the District Administration to the Solka Economic Office. Thereby the
former glass makers and woodcutters were each endowed with about 6 ½ Joch
of land. The county office reported on 15 October 1838 that the Radautz Economic
Direction had resolved various matters which differed from those on the Solka
and Illischestie estates, with settlement officials. Settlement plans proceeded
and a contract was concluded on 6 October 1839.
A later report, which was dated
from Radautz on 20 October 1853, noted that in 1841, each of the twenty-one
unemployed families received 6 Joch 400 square Klafter of land
excluding ground for a house. The total land allocation amounted to 131 Joch
400 square Klafter, of which 56 Joch 1416 Klafter were
arable land and 74 Joch 584 Klafter were forested land. Each
family was also allowed to use a community pasture of 400 Joch.
They were promised ten tax-free years after which each family was required to
provide twelve days of manual labor, a measure of spun yarn that was 1
Klafter long and consisted of 30 skeins with 30 threads per skein, one
wagon-load of wood, one chicken, and finally 30 kr. C.-M. in accordance
with the forest laws. This contract was concluded by the local officials but not
ratified. In November 1841, the imperial Hofkammer and the imperial
councilor both noted that Karlsberg received different consideration than other
settlements and ordered that a new contract with the common and prevalent norms
But matters did not unfold as in
other colonies. This contract had not yet been concluded in 1848, when
Unterthanswesen, a form of vassalage or servitude, ended. Previously the
settlers had only been obligated to pay the fees as stipulated by the forest
laws. After 1848, it was difficult to conclude such a contract because it had
been based upon a form of servitude which no longer existed. The Karlsberg
settlers were freed from this fundamental condition of their existence, as were
other imperial subjects. It was also determined that Karlsberg, as well as Neu-Solonetz,
already owned all its properties and therefore paid its own taxes to the
In regard to their rights for a wood supply and the terms of servitude, the
Karlsberg people reached a settlement with the Radautz estate for proprietary
rights to 125 Joch of land, as dated 11 January 1868 and ratified by the
regional commission on 10 July 1868.
In 1848, 667 Catholics lived in
Karlsberg and in 1890, the settlement numbered about 880 German Catholics among
the 942 residents.
. This is according to the report of the pastor, J.
J. Raschke. Compare with Polek’s article in the Bukowiner Bote, Nr.
. One Joch = 5754.64 square meters.
. One Klafter = 1.896 meters.
. See page 348, note 3, in the original text.
. The Karlsberg school and church were discussed at
another place in the text. Interesting inventories were able for our
. A florin and a kreutzer were
Austrian monetary units.
. One Schock equalled sixty individual
Additional information is presented on page 374 of the original text.
. One square Klafter = 3.596 square meters.
. A number of disagreements surfaced in regard to
. See Section I, page 85, of the original text.
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