The Heimatklänge and the Danube Swabians in Milwaukee

The Heimatklänge and the Danube Swabians in Milwaukee

A Model of Holistic Integration for a Displaced German Community

Julia Anderlé de Sylor


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For over 300 years, Danube Swabians had maintained their German dialect and culture in Hungary and Yugoslavia. The events after WWII, including expulsion from their homes and ethnic persecution, radically destabilized this minority’s conception of Heimat. Written specifically for the Danube Swabians in Milwaukee, the Heimatklänge newsletters provide insight into the challenges and successes of a Catholic immigrant community in America. This study seeks to define Structured Grounded Theory, which was informed by Charmaz Constructivist Grounded Theory (2006). The method examined parish newsletters for a German immigrant community and developed a Model of Holistic Integration, which identifies the parishioners’ past trauma and immigrant challenges and seeks innovative strategies to reconcile the two.


Julia Anderlé de Sylor:

Julia Anderlé de Sylor completed her doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before returning to the US, the author received a Fulbright scholarship to Germany, where she also obtained a M.A. in French & German studies. Her interests include immigration, nonverbal communication, and heritage studies.