Windish or Slovenian? Another side of the story -- themorningca...

''Residents of the Steelton area near Harrisburg distinguish themselves as Windish, not Slovenian. Full Story
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Peaches

Easton, PA

#21 Feb 11, 2010
Hi, my father was pure Windish (deceased). I am very interested in finding out more about the language and how to introduce it to my children and grandchidren. A scholar told me at one time that the Windish people were without a country but when I tried to do research on line, I found that the earliest Wens came from the Denmark area. It would be wonderful to be able to get more information on our wonderful Windish heritage! My father's family were Catholic Windish which I think is rarer than the Lutheran/protestant variety. The protestant Windish have a large group represented in Texas. Can anyone provide more information, I would love to be included!
windish

Miami Beach, FL

#22 Feb 15, 2010
Peaches wrote:
Hi, my father was pure Windish (deceased). I am very interested in finding out more about the language and how to introduce it to my children and grandchidren. A scholar told me at one time that the Windish people were without a country but when I tried to do research on line, I found that the earliest Wens came from the Denmark area. It would be wonderful to be able to get more information on our wonderful Windish heritage! My father's family were Catholic Windish which I think is rarer than the Lutheran/protestant variety. The protestant Windish have a large group represented in Texas. Can anyone provide more information, I would love to be included!
u need yo get in touch w mr antalics of st josephs, also bethlehem murska sobota sister city association.
Peaches

Easton, PA

#23 Feb 15, 2010
windish wrote:
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u need yo get in touch w mr antalics of st josephs, also bethlehem murska sobota sister city association.
Thank you, I will try and do that when I am back in town.
shizo

Slovenia

#24 Sep 28, 2010
As per my knowledge windish is a German (Austrian) word for people with Slavic roots. It could be Slovenian or Croatian. In some parts they talk even four languages and/or some mixture of them (Slovenian, Croatian, German (Oesterreich Deutsc), Hungarian).
For instance Pintaric(h) is common in Slovenia and/or Croatia. In Slovene language pintar is a ‘barrel-cask maker’. Any help?
Peaches

Bethlehem, PA

#25 Sep 28, 2010
Ty for the extra info...I have to locate an old letter to find the name of the town where my gmother and gfather were from.... Sadly I misplaced it.
shizo

Slovenia

#26 Sep 28, 2010
STAMPAR wrote:
Hi to all my Windish friends,
Currently in the illegal republic of slovenia Windishpeoples are being supressed in many ways. Violence against the Windish is spreading through slovenia.
Slovenia is not really a country and has no history. Parts of it actually belong to Italy, Austria and Croatia.
Illegal republic of Slovenia? Than Croatia is illegal too? Windish people? Windish language? Violence?
How long ago you were deported from Croatia?:)As I remember no Slovenian sign that part of Slovenia is part of any other country. Your Pavelic sign that Zadar and belonging islands belong to Italy (not to mentioned Istria). But now both Slovenia and Croatia are independant counties:)
There is no windish language or nation. Once again: Windisher is a (wo)man with Slavic roots (Slovenian or Croatian) as we are called by Austrians. We live in Slovenia, Austria (koroski Slovenci + gradiscanski Hrvati), Croatia and Hungary (porabski Slovenci). Many dialects and mixture of four languages is present on this place...
shizo

Slovenia

#27 Sep 29, 2010
Peaches wrote:
Ty for the extra info...I have to locate an old letter to find the name of the town where my gmother and gfather were from.... Sadly I misplaced it.
Try to find it. Perhaps I know the place/town.I will send you links/pictures/data of the place afterwards...
I'll be available cca 30 days..
BTW -'windish meaning for peach as a fruit;)
bréskev (sadež) peach; (drevo) peach tree;
in Croat language same fruit is 'breskva'
shizo

Slovenia

#28 Sep 29, 2010
gmother = oma, stara mama,babica in slovenian language(baba is in croatian)
gfather = ded, stari oce, nono (deda)
Bob

Allentown, PA

#29 Oct 18, 2010
My Grandmother spoke Windish, her maiden name was ANDERKO, is anyone here related?
Peter Zrinski Sweden

Basildon, UK

#30 Nov 1, 2010
Windish is basically the GERMAN word for west slavic peoples and also the slovenian people in Austria and Hungary. You can of course keep up with your tradition and keep that name for yourself but should know that it is "colonial" name that others imposed on you. Your ancestors called themselves windish as a consequens of the fact that Prekmurje was under the Austro Hungarian Empire at the time they left for America. You should also know that in 1919 the people of Prekmurje formed their own republic for some days, just to make sure they would be united with their Slovenian brothers on the other side of the Mura river so they wouldn´t be part of Hungary anymore. They did this because they knew exactly who they were. Slovenians. I prefer to use the selfidentifying name that was passed on to me from my ancestors: Slovenian. And yes, my dad is from Prekmurje and no, he is not windish, he is slovenian. But that might be because we live in Sweden and not Pennsylvania;o))
I do have relatives in Bethlehem though...Zrinskis and Haris....
And no..we are not windish in Prekmurje and neither are we hungarians or germans, or croatians, at least not in my family, we are slovenians :o))
Pongracz of Bethlehem

United States

#31 Apr 19, 2013
I am trying to learn Windish. Any books or other materials out there? Thank You
Kimmer wrote:
I am member of St. John's Windish and I am happy to say I have Windish roots. I embrace my family roots and will pass that on to my two small children who were also baptised at St. John's as well. I love my family history and will always cherish it. I still have family members who speak Windish and try to teach my children a few simple words.
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Louie

Reading, PA

#32 Apr 27, 2014
Windish and Proud wrote:
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All too late, I took an interest in my windish heritage. Sadly, I did not pay attention when my grandmother tried to teach me a few words. I am soon to be a grandmother, and I would love my grandson to call me grandmother in Windish. I'd dearly like to know how to say grandmother in windish. I'd appreciate all the help I can get in this matter.
VAVA is Windish for grandmon

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