Meet Grandma Marianne!

grandma_marianne_copyright_nicole_foelsterlGrandma Marianne, born in Hungary and fled to Austria

Grandma Marianne was born in 1925 in Čonoplja, a small village then belonging to Hungary. Her family was part of the German-speaking minority of the «Donauschwaben» in Vojvodina (today Serbia). The «Donauschwaben» sympathized with Nazi Germany during World War II and therefore had to leave their homeland. More by chance than by choice, she ended up being stranded in Styria on the Austrian-Hungarian border. There Grandma Marianne found a new home as an incomer. She lived a life of ambiguous identity and historical ambivalence.

Video by Nicole Foelsterl