The Gottscheers come from a place that no longer exists.
Thousands of them now live in New York City. But until World War II, their home was a mountainous patch of Yugoslavia called Gottschee.
Gottscheers didn't speak Slavic languages like their central European neighbors. Instead, they spoke an ancient dialect of German. Gottschee was a cultural island, and its traditions were unique to the region.
Bobbi Thomason, a second-generation Gottscheer who grew up in the United States, says that as a child, she had trouble understanding where her grandparents came from.