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From: Uwe Morres <>
Subject: Banater Schwaben / Donauschwaben
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 18:41:25 +0200


As always when this discusson comes up on this list there is a lot of
confusion among some members of the list.
Just check the archives of this list and you will know what I mean :-)

One thing that always makes the whole thing even "messier" than it
already is, is the use of different terms: ethnic group, nationality,
citizenship, etc.
One always has to keep in mind that these terms do not mean the same.
Only then one can understand why some call themselves Hungarian German,
Romanian German, German from Hungary, Banater Schwaben, etc.

E.g.: someone from Romania could call himself a Romanian citizen, German
Romanian and a Banater Schwabe (and after the 1920ies also Donauschwabe
- all these terms did not contradict themselves:
Living in the Romanian part of Banat one was certainly citizen of
Romania but at the same time one still "kept" its German ethnicy or
nationality - and since the ethnic group of that area was called Banater
Schwaben he was of course a Banater Schwabe.

Uwe Morres - Heidelberg, Germany

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