The „Picnic“ of the American emigrants

Moschendorf, like so many other Burgenland municipalities, is one of those places where in the 20th century more villagers lived in America than in their homeland.

Especially in the interwar period the emigration wave had its climax due to economic crisis, the absence of industry in the southern Burgenland and the peripheral situation at the border. The main destination of the emigrants were the United States.

Nevertheless, most of the emigrants did not lose contact with their homeland. Some even returned, including the founder of the Wine Museum, a native from Northampton, Pennsylvania, Stefan Behm. He organized the first „Picnic“ in the Wine Museum in 1993 – a meeting of Burgenland emigrants.

This event also became a fixed annual institution, which gives family members on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean the opportunity to meet each other again.