The Society of Danube Swabians of Chicago is a German ethnic and charitable, educational, cultural society whose original members are mainly immigrants who came to the United States after WWII. The Society was formed to keep the traditions, culture and German language alive among its members and to foster among its youth a sense of pride in their heritage.

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Dear members and friends of the Chicago Donauschwaben. I hope you are well and that you had a good Thanksgiving. The world we live in right now is so much different than we could have ever imagined. With Christmas just a few weeks away, we find ourselves wondering who we will be able to spend the holiday with, who will we video chat with, and how we can have a wonderful holiday with so much going on around us.

On behalf of the entire Chicago Donauschwaben organization, we wish you all a safe and healthy Christmas and a quiet and safe New Year. It has been hard for everyone to not socialize this year, and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2021 to celebrate all of our cultural events. You never know how much you really like something until you can't have it. I realized early on how much I miss the food, the dancing, the celebrations, the special music that our fantastic bands play. We missed all that this year, but most of all missed being with all of you.

Please know that we are thinking of each of you and hoping that you and your family will enjoy this holiday season. We thank you for being a member of the Chicago Donauschwaben and we truly value your membership support. This has been a very lean year as far as income, but we are a hearty bunch and can survive this too. God bless you all and keep you safe.

Frohe Weihnachten und ein gesegnetes und gesundes Neues Jahr.

Marianne Strumberger, President
and the Vorstand of the Chicago Donauschwaben
German Weekend School

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Dear Chicago Donauschwaben family,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, most of us are doing our part to help the crisis by staying inside,  wearing masks and socially distancing ourselves from others.  However, many of our family and friends are called to perform different services, one that puts them and their families in harm's way or one that had to be recreated to accommodate the emergency situation.  We are, of course, referring to the men and women whose job is essential to helping us through this crisis. This includes but is not limited to Police, Firefighters, Paramedics/EMT's, Nurses, Doctors, Grocery store clerks, hospital workers, postal workers,  trucks drivers, food deliverers, teachers in virtual classrooms and mental health counselors.

We would like to honor these individuals in a special way by printing their names in the upcoming issue of the Nachrichten.  Please send us their full name and photo to by April 20th

We want to honor all those who are on the forefront and working hard to keep our world going. The world is not standing still, and there are so many heros out there who are still working hard for all of us. Thank you.

Marianne Strumberger,

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