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This website is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating the story of the Danube Swabian people so that future generations can take pride in their heritage and pass it on to their children. Thank you for taking this opportunity to visit the Los Angeles site and learn more about our group and our activities. We invite you to visit each of our pages as well as the other Danube Swabian sister sites throughout the United States, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hungary and Yugoslavia.

Welcome to Juliet Hongola's Baptism!
Juliet Hongola

As Father Herman Rettig said at the baptism, "we are here to welcome little Juliet into our faith and our community". She was baptized in the baptistry of St. Stephens where so many of our community members have preceded her. She had plenty of company as she was attended by parents, Scott and Nicole, Godparents, Michael Widak and Sandy Newcomb, grandparents, Kathy Widak, Jack & Ann Hongola, family and friends. Juliet was fashionably attired in a christening gown handed down through the German side of Ann Hongola's family who immigrated to Canada. It was originally worn by Juliet's great, great grandfather, Werner Heinbuch, as well as her great grandfather, Norris and her father Scott before her. We can only hope that we have many more occasions to see it. Ann's family was originally from Grebenau, Hessen, Germany.

For pictures and videos of the baptism and reception, click below.

Baptism Pictures

Baptism Video - Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four

Los Angeles Landestreffen

"So jung kommen wir nicht mehr zusammen"

  Frs. Herman Rettig & Peter Zillich

The 2015 Landestreffen was our opportunity to host Donau Schwaben dance goups from throughout the United States and Canada to Los Angeles. Although there were many highlights throughout the weekend, the high point was easily Sunday's Mass officiated by Fathers Herman Rettig and Peter Zillich from Munch. I cannot remember a time when I've seen The Phoenix Club's Ballroom with so many people. (We're fortunate that the Fire Marshall wasn't in attendance.) Through both their sermons (and by song!) both encouraged the groups to dance and celebrate their heritage but to remember as well their roots and the sacrifices that their Großeltern and Urgroßeltern endured to make a better life for us all. They reminded us that "Landestreffen" is a celebration of of where our families began. Many endured to provide a better life for this generation. I'll let Father Rettig and Father Zillich say it better than I can. Click on the links below.

Father Rettig's Sermon

Father Zillich on the accordian

Pictures of the Landestreffen

Videos of the Landestreffen Dances

Lastly, we'd like to thank all those unsung volunteers for their countless hours of planning, late nights and efforts that made the event so successful. So "Thank You" for all those that serve in the kitchen, the bar, Tombola, Dance Group leaders, florests, venue hosts, And lastly, a special "Thank you" goes to Virgina and Albert Becker and their "Family Album Project". They spent the entire two days taking portrate pictures of our community. You may see all the pictures at www.Virginiabecker.Smugmug.com. To learn more about their efforts, please visit www.The FamilyAlbumProject.com.



Beach Party!
California Love!

Surf, sand, food and it seems California Love too, that's what makes the dance group's annual summer beach party memorable. But this year was even more special, since we got to share it with our sister dancegroup cities throughout the US and Canada. They got to experience a true beach party that we hope they never forget. And for those girls from all the groups that participated, you may know consider yourself a "California Girl"!


For pictures of the party, click here!


Neumayer Wedding Shower
Christan Ehrat & Erika Neumayer

Congratulations to Erika Neumayer and Christian Ehrat on their upcoming wedding in January. It will be here before they know it. Both are members of the Chicago dance group, although it was in the Los Angeles group that Christian started.

They plan to make their home in Chicago where Christian works for Whole Foods and Erika is a well known fashion designer and owner of Rare Dirndls. You may see her designs at www.raredirndl.com

We wish them all the best.

For pictures of Erika's shower, please click here.


It's A Picnic!


Buddies, Bridget & Ella

We have wonderful children!

Food, music, water ballons and of course ... close friends. That's what makes up the Dance Group's annual picnic at the Santa Fe Springs City Park.

The men got there early to make sure that the wurst was well marinated in their closely guarded special Schwob Soße (St. Pauli Girl's Beer!). Mom's and Oma's baked Mon Strudel and other goodies. One of the Oma's brought plenty of water guns. And lastly, the German-American Brass Band played all afternoon.

For pictures of the event, please click here.

For a video of the German-American Brass Band's performance, click here. (The video will take a minute to upload.)

Happy Mother's Day

It appears that Father Timothy is surrounded by three heavenly bodies!!!

Mother's Day began with a surprise. Father Ernie introduced Father Timothy, who took time out of his busy Mother's Day duties to visit his smallest parish, St. Stephen's. He brought good news with him. The renovations to our church and Father Lani Hall are going well. As he promised, every dollar is going directly towards maintaining St. Stephens. Many thanks to all those who have given so generously.

As always, it was a day filled with family and friends, Schnitzl, plays and dancing. The Dance Group thanks all those in the kitchen who arrived at dawn to start cooking and also the men that manned the bar, and lastly, the Dance Group leaders that put on an adorable Snow White play and of course our Dance Groups who always make us proud. Without all of them, our celebration wouldn't be a success.

For pictures of the event, click here. If you'd like to see a movie of our dancers in action, click here.

2015 Gala Koenigsball!

Congratulations to our 2015 King & Queen, Eddie Kerins & Sienna Kirens. Koenigsball is an annual event that allows our dance group the opportunity to perform for our entire community and show their pride in our heritage. We wish them both all the best as they reign for 2015

We were once again honored by the presence of Father Rettig who opened the ceremony by reminding us that given all our accomplishments "we stand on the shoulders" of all those that came before us. We thank them, past and present.

The Dance Group would lastly like to once again thank all those that attended the event and especially those sponsors that, for so many years, have generously supported the dance group in all their activities.

For pictures of the event, click here.


60th Commemoration of Father Lani's Death

It's been said that if all the Los Angeles Danube Schwabien families were to write their history, one name would be included in all of them; Father Lani. If there is a Danube Schwabian Guardian Angel, he surely is it. He took us in when few wanted us. He met refugees at the train station, found them a place to stay and workplaces to provide for themselves. He founded the St. Emmerich Society, the Danubia Soccer Club and the Donauschwaebische Tanzgruppe, among others. It was not uncommon for him to say German and Hungarian Mass in the morning, cheer Danubia on in the afternoon and join in a dance that same evening. He was there for weddings, baptisms and when we needed him most. He was always there for us. Where would we be today without him? He gave us a new life.

For pictures of the commemoration, please click here.

Mathias Lani

Father Rettig's Eulogy

Wir sind zusammengekommen, um unsres großen Wohltäters zu gedenken.  Das Gedächtnis Father Lanis lebt und brennt in unseren Herzen auch nach 60 Jahren, denn er war ein unvergesslicher Mensch.  Im Namen der deutschen Gemeinde, im Namen der vielen Flüchtlingen, denen er geholfen hat, im Namen der unzähligen Menschen, deren Leben er irgendwie berührt hat, sagen wir heute unseren Dank.  Wir geben ihm die Ehre; er hat uns weit mehr gegeben.  Er hat das Unmögliche getan und war für sein Volk in Wahrheit der Vater.  Arbeit, Wohnung, neuer Anfang und neue Heimat:  das alles bedeutete er, das alles hat er selber geschafft.  Und wegen ihm ist zu unserer Hass-erfüllten Welt ein Bisschen mehr Verständnis, ein Bisschen mehr Hoffnung, ein Bisschen mehr Liebe gekommen.  Er betet bestimmt noch für uns, wie er auch im Leben so viel getan hat:  er betet, dass wir noch zusammenhalten, als ein Volk, als sein Volk.  Er betet, dass wir den Weg gehen, den er uns gezeigt und vorbereitet hat.  Er betet, dass wir anderen helfen, wie er uns geholfen hat.  Wir beten für seine unsterbliche Seele:  Gott schenke unserem Father Lani den ewigen Lohn für seine heroischen Taten und für sein treues priesterliches Leben.

St. Stephen's Kirchweih

For nearly 90 years, there has been a Kirchweih Fest at St. Stephen's Church celebrating its founding. It's a chance for all Donauschwaben to get together to celebrate Mass, eat, drink, dance and just to catch-up with old friends. We can't forget to thank all those that got up early to begin making the Schnitzl lunch and those who tend the bar.

It's also a fundraiser for our dance group in support of their activities. This year's Kirchweih Strauss was won by Marcella Konrad. (Just what she needs ... rosemary for her upcoming wedding next month!).

The dance group thanks all those that so graciously support our children. They always make us proud.

For pictures of the event, click here!

Happy Birthday!
Fr. Rettig thanks all those that helped him celebrate his birthday as well as those that wished they could have attended. We had a wonderful turn-out to watch him blowout his candles.

St. Stephen's Mothers Day


For pictures of the event, please click here.

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September 23, 2015

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