Katharina Märcz’s dance dress tells a special story. Originally, the fabric was part of a Danube-Swabian garment that, like its owner, had to find a new home. Using the example of various stories and exhibits from the Danube-Swabian Central Museum, the course traces the history of the German settlers in Southeast Europe. However, the aim of the course is also to present the role of women and men in the settlement history of the German minorities in south-eastern Europe from the 18th to the 20th century. At the beginning of the course we deal with historical sources and above all ask why women rarely appear in the written statements of the “authority”. After an excursion into the life of the settlers in the Danube region, we finally turn to those women who are considered in literature to be the guarantors of reconstruction after the Second World War.

The course takes place in the Danube Swabian Central Museum, where the new exhibition “Danube River Stories” is also visited. Registrations are made via the women’s academy at the vh Ulm.