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Local heritage book Tariverde (Dobrudscha)

The Dobrudja is the eastern part of Romania, directly on the Black Sea. To the north, it extends to the delta of the Danube, in the south to the border with Bulgaria. The first farmers with German heritage immigrated in the 1840s. At that time the Dobrogea belonged to the Turkish Empire (see

Tariverde was founded around 1876 by farmers of German heritage, who had left Bessarabia due to lack of farm land in their home villages. Over the years the village grew, in 1940 almost 1000 people lived in Tariverde. Clever Nazi propaganda led the inhabitants to voluntarily leave Tariverde in order to “return home to the Reich”. In November 1940, all but very few embarked on ships that brought them up the Danube to Germany. There, instead of farming the promised empty spaces, they spent up to 2 years in camps. Then they were given confiscated farms in Poland and Czechoslovakia, which they had to leave again in 1945, fleeing from the approaching Soviet army.

Even today many of the houses built by the Germans are still standing. The formerly evangelical church is still used as a church. Even a few grave stones on the cemetery are still standing.

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Remarks / Sources

Currently, only 2 church books are known to exist: 1876-1890 and 1931-1940. Those are the first and the last church book. The gap in between could only be partly filled from secondary sources. Main sources were the so called “Odessa Files”, generated from the Koblenz Microfilms of the questionnaires the families returning into the “Reich” had to fill out. Then there were letters Teacher Fischer had sent to the newspapers “Dakota Freie Presse” in the 1910s. And the “Rundbrief” published by Pastor H. Hahn after 1949.

On top of that, numerous family trees exist on the Internet with entries from Tariverde. I do not want to hide the fact that the sources are sometimes contradictory, even the church records themselves are not always consistent. This is made worse by the fact that the Gregorian Calendar was only introduced in Romania in 1918, until then the Julian Calendar was used. In 1918, the difference between these 2 calendars had grown to 13 days.

I am looking forward to any corrections or additions. I have photos of a few of the people, please send more if you can.

Axel Eichhorn

:: More links
Pfeil Rumänien
Pfeil County Constanţa
Pfeil Tariverde (Dobrudscha) in the Genealogical Place Register GOV
Pfeil Geographical Location, City map Tariverde (Dobrudscha)
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For further information concerning these data and, if you have additions, corrections or questions, please contact:
Axel Eichhorn