Up and Down the Years

The Lost Story of the Donauschwaben

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Up and Down the Years is the story of the Donauschwaben, a German-speaking ethnic group who lived in Yugoslavia and other areas of southeastern Europe in the centuries leading up to World War II. Following the war, the Donauschwaben were expelled from their homes. They fled around the world, eventually settling into new homes. Today the Donauschwaben are dedicated to maintaining their heritage through cultural clubs, dance, and festivals.

This documentary was created by Ilyana Smith for her Girl Scout Gold Award, which she received in 2020. Ilyana dances in the Youth Group at the German Family Society of Akron.