11th Peterswald Heimattreffen in Hainburg in 1979

In the period from 23.6. until 25.6. In 1979, the 11th Peterswalder Heimattreffen, this time in the godfather community Hainburg, took place. And as in previous years, old friends and neighbors could once again come together to share memories of events and hours spent in their homeland, especially those remembered as far as they were experienced in a closer community.   The clubs offered   plenty of opportunity in our hometown , as there were quite a few of them in Peterswald, namely:

  1. the  ” Freiwillige Feuerwehr “ , founded in 1876, consisting of 3 deletion trains, 1 Steigerzug and 
    1 medical train, it counted a total of about 150 active members;
  2. the ” Verein gedienter Soldaten “, formerly Veteranenverein, which had its own music band in old Austria;
  3. the ” Deutscher Turnverein “, founded in 1889 and the ” Arbeiterturnverein “, founded in 1919;
  4. Vocal societies , namely the “ Liedertafel “, the “ Liederkranz ” and the Gesangverein “ Lyra “. These clubs often held concerts as well as theater and operetta performances, which took place in the halls in the town hall, at Wolf-Zöllnerbauer or Wolf-Hacker. The “Liedertafel” was under Kapellmeister Kliem as a choirmaster and organist mainly on special occasions;
  5. the  school cruiser association , founded in 1878;
  6. the  sociability association  ” Deutsche Eiche “, founded in 1899;
  7. the  association of rural youth , founded in 1922, further existed in  Peterswald  a  hunting club , the  Agricultural Association  and the  Women’s Association ;
  8. the  Gebirgsverein  – a section of the Gebirgsvereins Ausserig – which had developed the community pond in the Oberdorf into an open-air swimming pool with restoration and dance floor. 
    Here was busy in summer.

Peterswald had  16 restaurants  and  3 coffee houses , in addition to the above-mentioned halls were still those at Josef Kriesche and in the inn “Weintraube” -Heidenreich.

Special highlights in the sociable life of the village community were the  balls organized by the clubs, whose dance was already initiated in November, on Saturday after Cäcilia with the music ball, organized by the Kliem chapel. For this purpose, a foreign chapel was obliged, because on the other balls played almost everywhere the band Kliem on the dance. Also at other festivities, theatrical performances and events this provided for the musical entertainment.


But also many Peterswalder was carried to the grave under the sounds of this chapel, because the funeral procession moved from the house of the deceased to the cemetery, often a long way, as Peterswald extended to a length of 5 km. 

The  wind and string band Kliem was founded in 1836 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1936. The celebration was connected with an exhibition in which handwritten chronicles and books, music, instruments, documents and other things referring to the Kliem chapel were shown. In the First World War, the Kapellmeister contender, Eduard Kliem Jr., fell. After the war, his brother Franz Kapellmeister and remained it until 1945. After the expulsion, he came to Dresden, where he also devoted himself to music. He died tragically in 1963 on a trip to Leipzig. The band consisted of about thirty men, most of whom were former members of 42 kuk regimental musicians and each had several instruments. Most recently, the oldest musician, Rudolf Wolf (Schneider Rudolf), was buried in February 1978.

Peterswald – Wind and String Band Kliem