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Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 85A dtd 31 July 2000
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 07:56:07 EDT
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 85A
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(issued biweekly by )
July 31, 2000
This second section of the 3 section newsletter contains notice of a Family
History Television Series Planned For Canadians (will feature trips to the
homeland), some comments concerning Travel In Hungary, a Report of Phyllis
Sauerzopf's Recent Trip and Report of Multi Lingual Changes in Burgenland.
FAMILY HISTORY TELEVISION SERIES FOR CANADIAN MEMBERS-MAYBE YOU'LL RECEIVE A
TRIP TO THE "HEIMAT" (from Charles Wardell)
Charles forwarded the following email:
Jeremy Schmidt, Researcher
Great North Productions
3720 76th Ave
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6B2N9
Phone (780) 440-2022 Ext. 265
Fax (780) 461-7521
I am working as a researcher for a Canadian company called Great North
Productions. We a researching for a series called "Going Home", The series
will be seen on two channels, The Life Network, and the History Channel. The
History Channel wants a story with a historical spin, and the Life Network
wants a dramatic story. We want to incorporate both of these elements.
Going Home Series Overview
Going Home is a weekly, half-hour television series that will follow Canadian
families or individuals, the famous and not-so-famous, as they return to the
country of their family's origins-sometimes for the first time in their
lives, sometimes for the first time in generations, and sometimes, to renew
friendships with close friends and relatives. Going
Home will present to a national audience the varied multi-cultural facets of
our country and help Canadians understand where many of us came from-and, as
importantly, why we came. Combining travel, history and cultural exploration,
Going Home promises to be unique, informative, entertaining and
participatory. The series will be unpretentious and
unpredictable. In true cinema viewer's style, we will never know in advance
what awaits our travelers. Viewers watching Going Home will come to expect
Genealogy has become almost a sacred mission for tens of thousands of
Canadians, and millions of people worldwide. Canada's Centennial in 1967 and
Alex Haley's 1976 book Roots, fuelled earlier explosions in searching out
family trees. This latest phenomenon springs from the Internet. With
only minimal coaching, people are flocking to related web sites (there are
over two million-and counting) to transport themselves back in time. When the
Mormons set up their free Internet site in May 1999, it received a staggering
30 million electronic hits in its first day of operation.
Surprisingly, the most dedicated questions, according to a survey for
American Demographics magazine, are 35 to 44 years old, a group whose nomadic
days are over and who are often raising kids. They show a strong desire to
reconnect to their roots-to fill in the gaps.
The families or individuals who trace their heritage in episodes of Going
Home will be selected by means of electronic and print research. A small
production committee might screen short home videos submitted by interested
parties in which they explain why they want to return to their ancestral
homeland. These videotapes could become part of the opening sequence of each
episode, and would enable the producers to ensure that the subjects of each
episode are comfortable before the cameras and have engaging
Once the successful applicants have been selected, our documentary crew will
film them in Canada as they prepare for their trip and we will find out what
they expect to learn from their journey. We will then follow them to their
destination and document their experiences. We will come to learn something
about the land and the culture they left, find out why they (or their
forefathers) emigrated to Canada, and learn whether or not they now think
this was a wise decision. In some cases, we may arrange for our travelers to
be met by a local expert genealogist and/or historian who will have been
selected, as is done on the successful Antique Road Show series, for their
expertise in specific regions and time periods, and for their on-camera
presence and personality. The expert will then accompany the visitor back to
the region of his or her ancestry; explore both the history and the
contemporary reality of the area and attempt to make a connection with the
visitor's ancestral roots.
Each half-hour episode of Going Home will consist of one major documentary
segment in which we follow one family or individual back to the country of
their ancestry. This would be the centerpiece of each program. It could be
packaged with the video audition tapes and with interviews with the subjects
after they have returned from their trip. A studio host would conduct these
interviews, someone well recognized as an historian of note and with a
comfortable on-camera presence.
Great North Productions would like to pay for an individual to take a trip to
their homelands. I'd like to contact names and phone numbers of Canadians
that would like to take a trip to their homeland. Please reply if you have
any leads or people that we can follow up with. I am more than happy to send
information on Going Home and Great North Productions. This is a real
offer!!!! If you want to go back to your homeland and you have a story to
tell, or for more information feel free to contact me.
Ranked as Canada's leading producer of documentaries for 1998/99, Great North
Productions Inc. is living up to its mandate of creating high quality
Television programming with international scope and appeal. Based in
Edmonton, Alberta, Great North has operated for 13 years and has produced
nearly 300 hours of television programming. Great North programs have won 30
Alberta Film Awards, have been frequent finalists at the annual Hot Docs and
Gemini Awards, and have been recognized by the Charleston International Film
Festival, New York Festivals, and the Emmy Awards.
Great North has produced for all major Canadian television networks, as well
as many specialty channels including Discovery Channel, History Television
and Life Network in Canada, and National Geographic Television and The
Learning Channel in the US. In addition, Great North has partnered
with prominent American and overseas production companies on diverse
To get a clear understanding of your story, I'm including a questionnaire.
Feel free to answer it at your convenience. Also, I've been asking people
interested in Going Home to give me a full write up. includes; names, birth
and death dates of relatives, and location information on the place they
would like to visit that may play a factor in telling the story. Most
importantly, we want to hear of the trigger that made you want to go back
home. What event or thought makes you feel compelled to go?
> 1) Where exactly do you want to go?
> 2) Who/what will you see there?
> 3) What do you feel you will experience?
> 4) How long do you want to go for?
> 5) When are you able to go?
> 6) What is the trigger that makes you want to visit your homeland?
> 7) Any additional information?
What we need though is to arrive at a solid scenario for you to go home.
Along with a simple going home scenario, we need to find what I call the
"clincher". This is a part of the story where we see resolution. For an
example, I am working on a story of a master cabinetmaker. He is working on
a cathedral in his workshop. We want to send him back to his homeland after
25 years of being away. This master will search out his mentor, the man who
taught him to carve, in the hopes he can learn a special technique, as well
as obtain a special tool to finish the job. As you can see, there is drama
and resolution in that story. Do you have a special mission when you return
home? I would really like to forward your story, but we need to arrive at the
clincher for your story. I look forward to hearing more. Good Luck.
Jeremy Schmidt, Researcher
Great North Productions
3720 76th Ave
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2N9
Phone (780) 440-2022
Fax (780) 461-7521
Charles sent the following note:
...in order to help you get additional exposure for your
undertaking, I am copying the following persons:
a) The Chairman of the WorldGenWeb Project, Nathan Zipfel
b) The founder of the "Burgenland Bunch", Gerry Berghold. This is a very
focused research group with several members from Canada.
c) The editors of RootsWeb's MISSING LINKS and ROOTSWEB REVIEW, Julia M. Case
and Myra Vanderpool Gormley
d) Robert Kobenter of Vancouver Island, Canada -- who is host of
CarinthiaGenWeb and StyriaGenWeb (Austrian provinces) -- and who is planning
a research trip to Austria in August. Alternative e-mail address:
e) Gail Edwards, Coordinator, Canada GenWeb Project
I hope this will be of some help. Good luck and best wishes,
HUNGARIAN TRAVEL COMMENTS (from Bob Unger and George Tebolt)
Following our travel hints article, I received a thank you email from George
Tebolt. I responded, thanking him for his comments. He also mentioned that
some of his Burgenland Ancestors had moved to Hungary and that he has
traveled to Hungary several times to visit them. I asked him about his
travels, since many BB readers have commented about travel in Hungary -
mostly reporting problems. I ten asked George to write about his travels- for
consideration as material for the BB newsletter. His response follows:
Subject: Travel to Hungary
This year we picked up our auto in Dusseldorf since we visit a cousin in
Wesel Germany about 100 kilometers north. We returned the auto in Vienna
where we flew to Scotland and visited my wife's relatives before returning
to the USA. We rented a mid size auto (Opel Vettra) for 15 days at $814.00.
This included extras for not returning to the original destination and extra
insurance for travel to Hungary and the Czech Republic. I think they charged
us about $100.00 extra for both.
Driving in Hungary has not been a problem for us. Most of the roads are in
good condition with not too many potholes as we find here in USA but most are
single lane. Therefore good defensive driving skills are a must since you
don't know when someone will be driving towards you to pass a slow truck or
The first time I drove in Hungary was in 1997. A vacation trip to Austria
with my daughter and son in law aroused my curiosity to look for my roots in
Hungary. My grandparents had come to America in 1900 from Bakonyszucs,
Veszprem County. However in 1997 I did not know that and a distant relative
told me to look around Fenyofo. We did find a distant relative in Fenyofo
but she could not help in finding my grandparent's family. However upon
returning home I did manage to find a 2nd cousin in New Jersey who came here
in 1956 and she gave me all the family info I needed, There were 2 old uncles
and family in Balatonalmadi whom we have been visiting every year since. This
year we finally found our first live Tibold relative in Bakonytamas.
In 1997 my son in law kept the car one more day in Vienna so I could drive to
Hungary and look for relatives. I did not know anything about getting extra
insurance for Hungary and my wife got very nervous when the boarder guard
kept looking over our rental papers for more than 5 minutes and finally waved
us through. I guess we were lucky that we had no problems with the
In 1997 we encountered more horse drawn wagons but today they are almost all
gone. Also we have noticed a steady improvement in more and better autos in
Hungary although the traffic is still light in most of Veszprem County. In
1998 we went to visit a cousin in Budapest and like all large cities the
traffic is heavy especially during rush hours.
We usually spend most of our time in Balatonalmadi where my old uncle and
aunt live next to the Aurora Hotel. This makes it easy for us since we can
walk back and forth. The Aurora is an old eleven story hotel built in the
1950's by the Russians and no improvements since then. But it is clean and
has a wonderful breakfast buffet and costs only 70 marks a day for a double
room with breakfast. Everybody at the hotel speaks German since most of the
guest (bus loads) are from east Germany. The hotel staff speak English also.
no TV this year. Previously we had a TV but this year they are down to only
4 rooms out of approx. 250 with a TV. I always feel comfortable and secure
here since the hotel and guest are friendly and a security guard watches your
car in the parking lot.
My grandmother' s house was taken away from them in 1948 after they replaced
the old thatched roof and fixed it up. A Russian family still lives there
today. They all had to speak Hungarian and did not dare to teach their
children any German. All the male relatives fought in the German or
Hungarian army, I'm not sure which one since they don't want to talk about
it. My cousin still cries when she thinks about loosing their house and all
Today a lot of Germans are buying property and weekend houses in Veszprem
County. When I first started visiting my relatives in Balatonalmadi, my aunt
told me not to speak German in front of the hotel security guard, a retired
policeman. When I was talking to the grandchildren, some who speak good
English, about German dishes my grandmother used to make, they said that is
not Hungarian food. The tone of voice seemed to imply that they are all
Hungarian now! Actually most of the family are intermarried with Hungarians.
When we visited Csatka, a religious shrine to the blessed mother, we met the
priest who showed us around the shrine even though he spoke only Hungarian.
When we were ready to leave he asked us for a ride back to town which was
about a mile down a dirt road. There he had us stop at a house to get a
woman who could speak German. She told us a little about the shrine and that
in September there is a great feast and 25 to 30,000 people visit the shrine,
quite a large amount of people for a small town of perhaps 500 inhabitants.
Also, she is from Germany where her husband works 2 weeks at a hospital and
is then off for 3 weeks in Hungary and is fixing up their old house. My
uncle also told us that a lot of Germans are coming back to this area. When
I visited the family in Bakonyszucs one of the high school girls is learning
German. It seems that the larger schools teach English and German and the
smaller country schools only teach German as a second language. Perhaps
there is a shortage of English Teachers.
I hope I have answered most of your questions. I'm sure you will not have
any problem traveling in Hungary and finding people to speak English or
German especially in the tourist areas. Let me know if I can share any other
experiences with you.
Last year the Hungarian border guard spoke to me in German at the border.
Also this year the guard asked if I spoke German. When I said yes, he asked
a few simple questions in German. I guess they are more comfortable speaking
German than English. Best Regards, George Tebolt
PHYLLIS SAUERZOPF'S RECENT TRIP (INCLUDES ADDRESS FOR EBERAU CIVIL RECORDS)
Phyllis writes to John Lavendoski:
I am sorry I didn't get to email you from Austria. Everyone was using the
computer at the Walits-Guttmann to email their families, and Herta got a new
computer while we were there. It was necessary for me to get her every time I
wanted to write or send emails so it was difficult to write too many.
I made it to Szent Peterfa (Hungary) church with Angela and we had no
problems getting over or back from Heiligenkreuz. There was a mass going on
at the church when we arrived, and there were so many people there that it
was SRO and people were standing outside. I managed to get a good view of the
priest and the mass on my camcorder. I even have the church bells! I found
your Jurasit's grave and another new one not far from this one so I have
taken pictures of both for you. You will be very pleased with the results of
the restoration. They are beautiful. After mass I went to talk to the priest.
There were 3 woman there with him and one of them was able to translate for
me. I found out in the end that she was a Jany from Northampton. Jany was her
maiden name. I was able to tell the priest that you had managed to eventually
get the Traupmann records to Elizabeth Traubmann in NY. I took her picture
along to show him. I also had my "book of Traupmann records from the church
to show him so he would understand. He did understand and was very happy to
hear the news! I also had the woman tell him I was there to get pictures of
your newly restored Jurasit's grave. He was happy about that too.
I am sorry to say that I didn't get your wine bottles. I had gifts of wine
bottles to also take home and other gifts and presents I received that my
suitcases were packed tight and filled to the max.
I have good news about the civil records in Eberau. Bob Geshl was right!
Eberau has the civil records for Eberau, Gaas, Kr.-Ehrensdorf, Kulm and
Winten from October 1895 until the present day. These include births,
marriages and deaths. They do not speak English but were very helpful and
they found my gr-g-grandfather Pal Traupman's death for me in 1896 and made a
large copy of it for me. I also bought of book of Eberau and surrounding
villages about the history of the area with many pictures.
The Burgemeister also said we can request information from America, no
problem. Here is their address and email address:
7521 Eberau 18
Mo-Mi-Fr.: 8-12 Uhr
Freitag: 13,30 - 16,3 Uhr
Telefon: 03323 / 4003
Austria is beautiful and it's people are so kind, helpful and friendly words
cannot express it fully!!! I am so happy I went there and for sure the
Burgenland Bunch information has helped in making this trip a success.
Sincerely, Phyllis Sauerzopf
BURGENLAND ADAPTING MULTI-LINGUAL CHANGES (from Fritz Königshofer)
The following message is straight from today's web news by the Austrian
Broadcasting Corporation (www.orf.at). It says that in the named four towns,
Hungarian will be admitted as an additional official language for civil
matters starting October 1. This may be of interest for the bb newsletter.
I am glad to see how the Austrians manage to clear away the legacy of the
past, and reconcile with the positive things!
Burgenland: Ungarisch wird vier Mal Amtssprache (Hungarian in the four named
communities) Vom 1. Oktober an ist Ungarisch zusätzlich zu Deutsch als
Amtssprache in vier burgenländischen Gemeinden zugelassen. Die Gemeinden
sind: Oberpullendorf, Oberwart, Rotenturm an der Pinka und Unterwart.
In diesen vier Gemeinden haben zukünftig Angehörige der ungarischen
Volksgruppe das Recht im Verkehr mit den Verwaltungsbehörden und Gerichten
die ungarische Sprache zu gebrauchen. Außerdem haben sie das Recht, dass
ihnen Entscheidungen und Verfügungen neben der deutschen Sprache auch auf
ungarisch zugestellt werden.
Kroatisch seit 13 Jahren zweite Amtssprache (Croatian has been official in
the communities mentioned for 13 years)
Kroatisch ist in sechs der sieben Bezirke des Burgenlandes als zusätzliche
Amtssprache vor Verwaltungsbehörden und Gerichten zugelassen. In zahlreichen
zweisprachigen Gemeinden erfolgten 1999 laut Bundeskanzleramt "die meisten
mündlichen Anbringen" in der kroatischen Amtssprache. Dabei gibt es
Unterschiede: "Fast alle mündlichen Amtshandlungen in kroatischer Sprache"
erfolgen in Klingenbach, Trausdorf, Neudorf, Nikitsch und Großwarasdorf. 90
bis 95 Prozent der mündlichen Amtshandlungen erfolgten in kroatischer
Sprache in Oslip, Siegendorf, Zagersdorf, Frankenau-Unterpullendorf,
Schachendorf und Schandorf. In Weiden bei Rechnitz wurden 60 bis 70 Prozent
der mündlichen Amtshandlungen in Kroatisch durchgeführt.
(newsletter continues as no. 85B)