Size of the Ethnic German Population in Yugoslavia
as of October 1944
The Danube Swabians lived mainly in the Banat, Batschka, Baranja, Syrmia, Slavonia and, to a lesser extent, in Croatia, Bosnia and the capital Belgrade. The Slovenia-Germans consisted predominantly of the Gottscheer and of Lower Styria.
In October 1944 the remaining 33,000 ethnic Germans in today's independent state Slavonia, whose numbers since World War II were greatly reduced due to political circumstances, lived mainly in dispersed settlements, except in Laibach, Marburg and Gottschee (which were predominantly German).
Today, in the year 2001, about 170,000 (40%) of the 425,000 Danube Swabians who escaped the genocide are still alive. Counting their descendants, the total of Danube Swabians exceeds one million.
Documentation of Human Casualties
After their flight and expulsion, the survivors of the Danube Swabian genocide organized "home town societies" in their new domiciles, particularly in Germany, Austria and overseas countries. This enabled them to establish reliable documentations of the tragic events and casualties, including names, times and places of their deaths. Over 60,000 names are recorded. This represents about 70% of the 86,000 calculated victims. The following tables detail the numbers and localities of their demise between 1944 and 1948.
Table 2: Banat, BatschkaTable 3: Baranja, Syrmia, Slavonia/Croatia, OthersTable 4: Total Casualties of Danube Swabians