Bački Jarak

Bački Jarak (Serbian Cyrillic: Бачки Јарак) is a town located in the Temerin municipality, in the South Bačka District of Serbia. It is situated in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. The town has a Serb ethnic majority and its population numbering 5,687 people (2011 census).

Bački Jarak
Бачки Јарак (Serbian)
General store in town center
General store in town center
Coat of arms of Bački Jarak
Coordinates: 45°22′N 20°18′E / 45.367°N 20.300°E / 45.367; 20.300
Country Serbia
Province / Region Vojvodina
DistrictSouth Bačka District
Municipality or cityTemerin
 • Total19.1 km2 (7.4 sq mi)
 • Total5,687
Area code(s)+ 381(0) 21
Car platesNS
The new Orthodox church.


In Serbian, the town is known as Bački Jarak (Бачки Јарак), formerly also Mali Jarak (Мали Јарак) and Jarak (Јарак); in German as Jarek, Batschki Jarak or Jarmosch; in Hungarian as Jármos or Tiszaistvánfalva; and in Croatian as Bački Jarak.

Its name is derived from Serbian noun jarak (coming from Turkish ark;[1][2] "ditch" or "trench" in English), while adjective bački refers to its location in the region of Bačka.


In 1267, there is mention of a place named Irig or Irišac. According to some opinions, this place was maybe located in the area of present-day Bački Jarak. This settlement was also recorded in 1703, while record from 1737 mention the existence of two settlements: Veliki Irišac and Mali Irišac. Both settlements belonged to the Futog seigniory.

The modern settlement was founded and settled by Evangelical Protestant ethnic Germans[3] in 1787 (before that, the place used to be barren area). In 1788, the settlement had 117 houses and population of 268 people. Administratively, the settlement was part of the Batsch-Bodrog County within the Habsburg Kingdom of Hungary. In 1796, Temerin and Bački Jarak were sold to Count Sándor Széchényi for a price of 80,000 forints.

In 1848-1849, the settlement was part of autonomous Serbian Vojvodina and in 1849–1860 part of the Voivodeship of Serbia and Banat of Temeschwar, a separate Habsburg crown land. It was part of the Batschka-Torontal District (1849–1850) and Neusatz District (1850-1860) within the voivodeship. After the abolishment of the voivodeship in 1860, the settlement was again included into Batsch-Bodrog County. In the 1910 census, a majority of settlement inhabitants spoke the German language.[4]

In 1918, the settlement (as part of the Banat, Bačka and Baranja region) firstly became part of the Kingdom of Serbia and then part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later renamed to Yugoslavia). In 1918–19, the settlement was part of the Banat, Bačka and Baranja region and also (from 1918 to 1922) part of the Novi Sad district. From 1922 to 1929, the settlement was part of the Bačka Oblast and from 1929 to 1941 part of the Danube Banovina. From 1941 to 1944, the settlement was under Axis occupation and was attached to Horthy's Hungary. Since 1944, the town is part of autonomous Yugoslav Vojvodina, which (from 1945) was part of new socialist Serbia within Yugoslavia.

In 1944, as a consequence of World War II events in Yugoslavia, one part of 2,000[3] Yugoslav citizens of German ethnicity left from the area, together with defeated German army. Those who remained in the area were sent to communist prison camps and one of such camps was located in Bački Jarak. After prison camps were dissolved (in 1946), most of the remaining German population left Yugoslavia in subsequent decades, mainly because of economic reasons. In 1946-1947, Bački Jarak was settled by (mainly ethnic Serb) migrants from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian Krajina) and Croatia (Lika).[3] Post-World War II population censuses recorded Serb ethnic majority in the town.

Some of the old houses of the German families, built vertically towards the road (na duž) and known as the Swabian houses, still survive. The remaining houses, though mainly from the 19th century, were designed in the Josephinism style which originated in the second half of the 18th century, during the rule of emperor Joseph II. Family names were written on the façades and some are still visible, like that of Johann Wallrabenstein, who is described in chronicles as a "distinguished householder". As both Bački Jarak and Temerin developed in recent decades, they now form one continuously built-up area.[3]


Historical population
Source: [5]

Ethnic groups (2002 census):


Popular sports in Bački Jarak are football, handball, table tennis and karate. FK Mladost Bački Jarak currently competes in Serbian League Vojvodina.

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Jarak - značenje" [Jarak - meaning]. (in Serbian).
  2. ^ Dorin Gamulesku (1977). Turcizmi - indirektne pozajmice iz srpskohrvatskog jezika u banatskim rumunskim govorima [Turkish loanwords - indirect loanwords from Serbo-Croatian language in the Banat's Romanian dialects]. Književni jezik. p. 6.
  3. ^ a b c d Andrijana Cvetićanin (12 November 2017), "Zanimljiva Srbija - Dugački šor temerinski" [Interesting Serbia: Temerin's long street], Politika-Magazin, No. 1050 (in Serbian), pp. 20–21
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-06-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Comparative overview of the number of population in 1948, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2002 and 2011 – Data by settlements, page 29. Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, Belgrade. 2014. ISBN 978-86-6161-109-4.

Further readingEdit

  • Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.

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