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Gottscheer Relief Association, New York

Gottscheer Memorial Chapel - NY Branch

Description:  The purpose of the "Gottscheer Memorial Chapel - New York Branch" is to support the activities of the Gottscheer Gedenkstätte in Graz, Austria and to act as a liaison between the New York and European Gottscheer communities.


History:   The Gottscheer Memorial Chapel - New York Branch was established in 1963 with about 8 active members holding regular meetings throughout the year.  Our ongoing activities include contributing newsworthy information about the New York Gottscheer community for publication in a newsletter in Graz, Austria.  The newsletters are shipped to NY where they are then sent by the NY Branch to the North American membership.  The popular Gemütlicher Nachmittag (Pleasant Afternoon), which raises funds for the upkeep of the Chapel, is a Dinner Dance held annually on Palm Sunday in GOTTSCHEER HALL.  At this affair, a raffle is held to award two college students of Gottscheer descent with scholarships from the Dr. William Gerber Scholarship Fund.  In addition to these activities, we participate in all the Gottscheer Relief meetings and support their work.  We always look for ways to promote interest in our organization.


The Gottscheer Chapel was built in 1967 on Gottscheer Street near the Mariatrost Basilica in Graz, Austria.  The cost of the Chapel and its property was funded by many Gottscheer contributors from all over the world.  The Chapel was erected in gratitude to God in remembrance of all the Gottscheer people and their deceased, wherever they are buried.  On the walls of the sacristy are marble tablets with the inscriptions of 1300 names immortalizing all the victims from both World Wars and those who died during displacement and subsequent escape.  A Gottscheer Archive, Gottscheer Museum, and a recreation of a typical Gottscheer Farm-room (Bauernstube) are located on the ground floor.


The purpose of the Gottscheer Memorial Chapel is to:


·         maintain the chapel

·         establish an archive for the Gottscheer history

·         gather and process historical sources and documents for the purpose of continuing the historic folklore

·         maintain and preserve the Gottscheer dialect, the Gottscheer customs, and Gottscheer folksongs

·         promote awareness of our homeland and convey a feeling of fellowship

·         publish a newsletter for all members


Robert Anschlowar, Albert Mausser, Julie Gundermann, Karl Sterbenz, Miss Gottschee Christine Kikel, Elfriede Hoefferle



Gemütlicher Nachmittag

Gottscheer Hall - April 2003

Gottscheer Gedenkstätte

Gemütlicher Nachmittag


Held each year on

Palm Sunday



Raffle donations & baked goods welcome!
Call for pick up.

Officers in New York:
          Elfriede Hoefferle
          Albert Mausser
          Robert Anschlowar
For information, contact:
          Elfriede Hoefferle
          (718) 386-6863
          Albert Mausser
          (718) 275-9156
          Robert Anschlowar
          (516) 354-8454
Mailing Address:   
      Gottscheer Memorial Chapel
      71-05  65th Place
      Glendale, NY 11385


657 Fairview Avenue
Ridgewood, New York 11385
tel: 718-366-3030