|The Danube Swabian Foundation of the U.S.A., Inc.
Die Donauschwaebische Stiftung der USA, Inc.
|This award was created to show appreciation of the Society of the Danube Swabians of the USA
for all the cultural work which the recipients of this award have performed.
A request can be made by anybody with a letter stating all the achievements of the person being sponsored.
The nomination should be made through the president of the local Danube Swabian club of the Landesverband der
Donauschwaben USA. The president will sign this letter and and pass it on, with all the information, to the
president of the Landesverband. It should be received before January 1 of the annual general meeting of any
given year. At the Landesverband meeting the nomination will be discussed and then passed on to a committee.
The "Kulturpreis" selection committee consist of 5 members and 2 alternates.
Any member of the committee who belongs to the same organization as the nominee(s) should be replaced by an
alternate member. The nomination(s) will be considered by this committee and the candidate(s) who have the best
qualifications will be selected. The selection will be kept in confidence.
The selected person(s) will receive the "Kulturpreis" plaque at the Landesverbandtreffen (usually on Labor Day)
from the president and the Danube Swabian Foundation of the USA will add a check for $ 1,000.00 for this award.
For the second award the Danube Swabian Foundation of the USA will present a $ 500.00 check.
|Past "KULTURPREIS" recipients since 1994 were:
Susanne Tschuertz - Artist, Painter - 1994
She received the award for all her illustrations, paintings and sketches
about Danube Swabian people, their feelings, experiences, rememberances of
their life and their tragic fate. She contributed to many festive publications,
to the Chicago "Nachrichten", to the "Schwengelbrunnen", and especially to
the book "The Innocent Must Pay" by Maria Horwath-Tenz.
Eve Koehler - Author and Supporter - 1995
Joe Stein - Teacher, Jugendleiter - 1996
Heidi Bernhard - 1996
Karoline Lindenmeier - 1997
Franz Sayer - 1998
Supporter of DS Schools
Formed the group "Geistig Schaffende"
Created the "Schwengelbrunnen"
Tim Kretschmann - 1998
Peter Kraemer - Poet, Artist-Painter
Known for poems, many in "Schwowisch".
Ernst Ott - 2004
For his contribution to the translated "Genocide against the ethnic Germans in
Hans Kopp - Author, Jugendleiter - 2008
Author of "The Last Generation", contributer to "Der Donauschwabe",
which was printed in Germany, and to "Waechter und Anzeiger", the
Cleveland German newspaper, organizer and founder of the
"Edelweiss Ski club" and avid supporter of Youth soccer in the USA.
Franz Schmidt - 2009
Author, Publisher of "Heimatbote", Supporter
Ann Morrisson - 2010
She was a special friend and supporter,
gave lectures and documented the genocide of
the Ethnic German Danube Swabians after WW2,
“The Forgotten Genocide” and
“Millions Cried – No One Listened”.
John Michels - 2010
Supporter of the Danube Swabian Society
and the Foundation, financially and morally.
He helped with the printing of books. He wrote
“North Dakota Pioneers from the Banat” and translated
“The Banat Schwaben” by Nikolaus Engelmann.
Raymond Lohne - Author - 2012
"The great Chicago Refugee Rescue"
"German Chicago, Danube Swabians and the American Aid Societies"
Elisabeth (Elsa) Walter - 2014
Author, Artist-Painter, Kindergruppeleiterin of the American Aid Society
Katharina Marx - 2015
Secretary to the Association and the Board fo Directors, Historian and Organizer
of the Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. John Neumann for 35 years.
Linda Byrom - 2015
Member since Kindergruppe, German High School Teacher,
Kindergruppeleiterin and Translator of Adam Mueller-Guttenbrunn's
"Der grosse Schwabenzug" into English: "The Great Swabian Migration".
Annerose Goerge - 2016
Active member from the beginning of the Danube Swabian Society, Chicago.
She belonged to the Jugendgruppe and was its co-president. Since 1955, she
has been a member in the Vorstand with different responsibilities.
Archivar in 1964. President of our Frauengruppe from 1964 until 1969
Editor and Co-Editor of the “Festschrift” of the 25th anniversary, of the
“Festschrift zum Donauschwaben Jugendtreffen von Gestern und Heute”,
1984 & 1988, of the 35th ,40th and 50th and 50th of the Jugendgruppe.
As contributing author she wrote “Ferdinand J. Plaines, Painter”, 2007,
“The Integration & Assimilation of the Danube Swabians Into American
Society”, 2007, “Freundschaft Fuers Leben” and others.
Since 1990 publisher and editor of the “Nachrichten writing reviews, also the
Assistant Editor of the “Eintracht,” the weekly German Chicago area newspaper.
She was the “General Secretary” of the Landesverband (1986 – 1992), was a
director of the Danube Swabian Foundation, was appointed to be a judge of the
“Kulturpreis” award and was a member of the”Geistig Schaffenden” group,
which created “Der Schwengelbrunnen – Schoepfungen Aus Amerika.”
Annerose and Mike Wendl from St. Louis were the driving force behind the
translation of the “Genocide Against The Ethnic Germans In Jugoslavia” into
English and she was a consultant to Linda Byrom when Linda translated “Der
Grosse Schwabenzug”. She is a source of information about Danube Swabians
and is always ready to support and help out with information and action,
whenever and wherever it is needed, and supported of other clubs for many years.
Eva Martini - 2016
Member of the Vereinigung der Donauschwaben, Trenton since 1960.
When Adam Martini was president, she helped with all the secretarial duties.
She was elected Frauenschaftsleiterin.
She resurrected the German school program and serves as recording
secretary and director.
She cares for the Trenton Donauschwaben’s “Genocide Memorial and Garden”,
is the curator of our club’s “Heimat Museum” and recruited “Marienmaedchen”
for the pilgrimages to St. John Neumann and St. Katherine Drexel.
She presents literary favorites at Totengedenkfeier,
Mother’s Day festivity and St. Nikolausfeier.
Eva is considered the guardian for all cultural things of the Donauschwaben
heritage in Trenton.
EddyPalffy - 2017
Member of the American Aid Society and the Vereinigung der Donauschwaben
in Chicago. Librarian at DS Chicago. Supporter of the Foundation since the
beginning, was Treasurer and maintains DS Foundation Website since 2004.
William Milleker - 2018
Exceptionally active life-long member of the Vereinigung der Donauschwaben;
Youth group and adult dance group, served as 2nd Vice President,
served in many capacities on the Board of Directors and is currently
President of the Danube Swabian Fund.
He has organized many events. For over 25 years he helped in building,
coordinating and running the bar and food tents at the German Day
celebrations. His work in the Heimatstube and Library
of the Vereinigung contribute to the preservation and continuance
of the Donauschwaben culture and traditions.
He was instrumental in creating the websites for the Verein and the
German School, and maintains them.
Tirelessly he persued with the authorities and achieved
“Real Estate Tax Free Status” for the Vereinigung.
He serves as German Day Association delegate. He sings with two
German choirs. Lately he is keeping the German community informed
about events and news with the German Day web site.
Elisabeth Gebavi - 2018
Active member of the American Aid Society; Jugendgruppe (folk dance group and
choir), secretary for 20 years. She is an Inspiration for the organization. She
suggested to open our Donauschwaben Museum in Lake Villa, took charge of
organizing all and is the curator of the museum. She gives tours through the
museum for school groups, historical societies and families. For 60 years she
publicized the history of the Donauschwaben, the Ethnic Cleansing of our people
and the purpose of the existence of the American Aid Society which was
organized after WW2 to help our displaced people.
Anni and Nick Wiegert - 2020
They are pillars of the Chicago Donauschwaben and a boundless resource in
everything having to do with our German language, culture and traditions.
With witty and humorous skits, which Anni writes, they have entertained
audiences at various events innumerable times. She thrives on telling original
stories, poems and humorous jokes, and loves to make presentations about
Donauschwaben history and traditions to the school children and youth, and
Nick is part of her plays and creates the props for her. Anni’s dirndles and
costumes for dolls are popular. She helps with displaying the collections in the
museum and sews costumes for Christmas and Mothersday programs, repairs the
Jugendgruppe Trachten and Nick creates the sets for the plays and built runways
for fashion shows. He uses his many talents to fix maintenance problems, he
erects tents for the outdoor events and kitchen and bar for the German Day events
and he built the beautiful, sturdy stage and incorporated ingenious storage space
|NOTE to all viewers:
I would like to expand information about all the recepients of the "Kulturpreis".
Any information to add to and improve this page is welcome.
|HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
The idea was discussed before 1993 and then, at the 1994 Landesverband meeting in Cleveland, a committee,
which included Franz Sayer, Annerose Goerge, Franz Awender and Joe Stein, was nominated to select the first
recipient. In 1996 it was decided to add another award for persons under 30 years old and in
2010 & 2015 two awards were granted. The certificate was designed by Elsa Walter in 2015.
|QUALIFICATIONS OF THE NOMINEE:
The "Kulturpreis" will be awarded to persons who significantly supported the Danube Swabian Culture with words
and deeds. This includes special contributions in the field of History, Education, Literature, Arts and involvement
in, for and about our Danube Swabian family, especially working with our Youth, inspiring them to learn about the
Danube Swabian history and customs, and to help them become worthy citizen of our society.
Two "Kulturpreis" may be awarded. One is the general or first prize.
The second one is for a person under the age of 35 years.
|issued September 2014
|Elisabeth Walter had the idea and &
design and donated her own artwork.
Erika Neumeyer made the layout and
digitized the certificate.