Originally Posted by CatPat
What happened?! I am sure this is not funny. Please tell me! A family member of ours was shot and killed by them. It was DA's older cousin.
A bit of background, my maternal grandparents were born (1903 & 1905) in the Banat region of Austria-Hungary in the small village of Zichydorf. (now called Plandište, Serbia)
My Gr Gr Gr grandfather left Kirrberg Germany around 1815 because Austria-Hungary was giving away free land for farming. They first settled in Lovrin (now in Romania) and two years later moved to Zichydorf.
At the end of WW1 Austria-Hungary collapsed and their area became the Kingdom of Serbs, Coats and Slovenes. Soon afterwards, life became very difficult for anyone of German heritage so my grandparents, along with my grandmothers' brother and sister, made their way to Iserlohn Germany.
In 1929 my grandfather applied for a land grant in Saskatchewan which was accepted so he packed up Oma, my mother and my uncle and they made their way to Halifax and then on to Regina.
So, back to my story. I was building my family tree and was missing a lot of information. Things just weren't spoken about when I was growing up.
We were in Germany 1998 visiting family and had planned to go to Serbia to do some family research. We met up with another couple from Canada and my cousin and his wife and flew from Frankfurt to Belgrade.
We rented a van in Belgrade and spent the better part of two weeks traveling around to different villages photographing cemetery headstones and trying to get access to different church records.
We left Zichydorf one morning and crossed into Romania at the Moravita border crossing planning to make our way to Lovrin. We stopped for lunch in Stamora Germana. We payed the bill and went out to the parking lot where we found two border police officers going over our van.
They asked us what we were doing in Romania and we explained our family research trip. They spoke to each other for a few minutes when one of them told us that our purpose wasn't allowed and that we would have to follow them back to the border. At the border they photocopied our passports and after about an hour we were told to leave the country.
Maybe not really arrested.....lets say detained.