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Vaskeresztes, Hungary (old Moson Megye; not in Burgenland)
Vaskeresztes, Hungary (also: Magyarkeresztes) (German: Grossdorf), population 351 (80% ethnic German), is in a wine-growing region located in the Pinka river plain at the border between Hungary and Southern Burgenland.
Grossdorf was a German settlement from the early 17th century but suffered forced repatriation of many German inhabitants after World War II and during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. However, it kept its characteristic German features despite assimilation efforts. German villagers participate, every few years, in a folk festival/reunion called "Heimattreffen" or "Heimattag" consisting of folk dance and singing performances, speeches, a special mass, and awards given to those persons who are working to preserve the German language and traditions in the villages.
Family History Library microfilms:
Catholic: Római Katólikus Egyház, Németkeresztes [VAULT INTL Films 602070 - 72]
Civil: Németkeresztes (Vas). Anyakönyvi Hivatal [VAULT INTL Films 2152750 Item 2, 2152751 Items 1-2, 2152752 Items 1&3, 2152753 Items 1&3, 2152754 Item 1]
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