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Deutsch-Amerikanische Bürger-Liga von Gross-Cincinnati
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Verein der Donauschwaben
Donauschwaben Cincinnati

The Donauschwaben are people of German heritage. Their ancestors left Germany in the eighteenth century and settled in southeastern Europe along the Danube River, in what is today part of Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania. There they converted the swamplands of the Danube Basin into fertile farmland. While living in their new homeland, they kept their German language, customs and traditions alive.

During and after World War II, many Donauschwaben perished in Yugoslavian and Russian concentration camps. All were dispossessed; many were uprooted and dispersed. Today, you can find Donauschwaben all over the globe.


The Donauschwaben Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1954. While being solid and proud citizens of the United States, Donauschwaben still strive to nurture the customs and traditions of their ancestors and to pass them on to the younger generation by their example.

The Society sponsors various activities for all ages, including singing, dancing, bands, sports and senior groups. At the current home on Dry Ridge Road in Colerain Township, they celebrate such traditional events as the Strauss Ball, Donauschwaben Day, Oktoberfest and Kirchweih, as well as many other festivities in the old world tradition.

The Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society is open to all people who respect and appreciate the values and cultural activities of the Donauschwaben.

Contact: Joe Abt - 367-4887