The operative word was "volksdeutsch" (ethnic German)
as opposed to "reichsdeutsch" (of German nationality).
One legend has it that the Transylvanian Saxons
were the offspring of the children led away by the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
A more reliable source tells us that the King of Hungary, Geysa II,
made a request for Germans to come and make settlements in the area "beyond the woods."
or the town of some of her relatives:
it's clear that the German, Hungarians and Romanians
have been in each other's face for centuries.
More recent residents include Slavic and Gypsy groups.