the permission of his descendants, Fran Matkovich began the painstaking task of
translating Hans Tabar's Geschichte von Zerne from German to English
early in 2003. Fran voluntarily undertook this project in order to create a
lasting family history for the benefit of her children, grandchildren, and all
Deutsch-Zerne researchers. We are grateful that her hard work has resulted in a
narrative of the village and its Donauschwaben settlers that can finally be
studied by anyone who does not read German.
Digitized photographs from the book, pages 153-176, were contributed by Tim Tabar and are accessible through the Table of Contents. To further assist researchers, a Surname Index appears in the Addendum following the Table of Contents. The History of Zerne is lengthy, so please allow sufficient time for it to load before browsing.
to the assistance of John M. Michels, we are also pleased to display, in two
parts, a detailed map of Deutsch-Zerne prepared by Magdalena Steger née Getsch
in 1986. These maps are a helpful accompaniment to the "History of
Zerne"; links are also included in the Addendum:
hope you enjoy this unique depiction of our ancestors' village of Deutsch-Zerne.
for the limitations imposed by Web page design, this translation has been
reproduced from the published edition which may include errors; the only
deviation has been to replace the German "ß" with "ss."
Anyone wishing to examine a portion of the German text is invited to submit a
request, including the corresponding page number, to the Editor c/o DeutschZerne@gmail.com.
Please limit requests to one original page per request.