Academic fraternity of the Glanzenburger

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AB Glanzenburger

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The coat of arms of the academic fraternity of the Glanzenburger in Zurich The circle of the academic fraternity of the Glanzenburger in Zurich
Basic data
University location: Zurich
University / s: University of Zurich , ETH Zurich , Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Founding: June 17, 1959
Corporation association : Swiss student association since 1976
Color status : colored
Fox colors:
Type of Confederation: Men's association
Position to the scale : not striking
Motto: Be faithful in everything! IATS!
Total members: 120
Active: 17 (as of July 2019)

The academic fraternity of Glanzenburger is a colored, non-striking student union in Zurich . It is the only fraternity of the Swiss Student Union (Schw. StV) and was founded in 1959 by Eugen Theodor Rimli as the Catholic fraternity of the Glanzenburger .


Origin of name

The name of the fraternity goes back to a medieval castle of the Barons von Regensberg . Lütold V. is said to have founded the town of Glanzenberg on the opposite bank of the Limmat from today's Dietikon in 1240 and expanded the existing Fahr Castle ("Glanzenburg"). Glanzenberg and -burg were destroyed in 1267/68 during the Regensberg feud of Count Rudolf IV von Habsburg on behalf of the city of Zurich. In 1301 Lütold VIII sold the Glanzenberg area to Fahr Monastery , which is still the landowner today. The castle ruins are now a cultural and historical monument of the Canton of Zurich.

The founding time

The founding of the fraternity is closely connected with the person Eugen Theodor Rimlis. After a semester at the AKV Alemannia zu Freiburg im Üechtland , he joined the KDB Sigfridia during his studies in Bonn in the 1930s. At the time of their forced suspension in 1936 by the Nazi regime, he was ring leader in the ring of Catholic German fraternities . In the same year Rimli was expelled from Germany as a foreign correspondent for "unobjective, hateful articles in Swiss newspapers". He then continued his journalistic activity in Switzerland.

After 1945 he was committed to the re-establishment of Catholic fraternities, above all the KDB Sigfridia. During this time old gentlemen from the Catholic fraternities of Germany and Austria gathered in the Lake Constance region in the Philistine circle of the Alpenland, to which Rimli also belonged.

On Rimli's initiative and supported by the Philistine Circle Alpenland, contact was sought with students in Zurich in the 1955/56 winter semester in order to found a Catholic fraternity. In the summer of 1957, Rimli met the fraternity student Adolf Alois Steiner, who also supported this idea. In the winter of 1958/59, Jacques Barman, Sándor Leitner and Hans Peter Held were found three students to found the fraternity. The founding of the Catholic fraternity of the Glanzenburger zu Zurich took place on June 17, 1959 in the Winzerhaus restaurant in Weiningen ZH with the signature of its principles by the five founders.

Founding years: 1959 to 1973

The fraternity's publisher revealed the difficult relationship with the Zurich sections of the Swiss Student Union (Schw. StV) and the Zurich Corporations Association (CV), which boycotted the event. The Schw. StV criticized the acceptance of members regardless of their nationality or political attitude by the KB Glanzenburger. Due to its traditions and numerous contacts abroad, the fraternity was under the impression of being Germanophile. Because of their all-encompassing Catholic and fraternity principles, the Glanzenburgers saw the Schw. StV again as too conservative, too little corporate student and too little international student solidarity. The opening of the Schw. StV to foreigners at the Central Festival Sion in 1962 did not lead to any relaxation of relations. In 1964, the Zurich Senior Citizens' Convention of German-speaking StV connections decided to boycott the 5th Foundation Festival of KB Glanzenburger. On July 12, 1964, the Zurich CV refused to allow KB Glanzenburger to join. Also in the summer semester of 1964, a friendship relationship with KBStV Rhaetia Munich was entered into.

Focus on Germany and Austria

Due to the difficult conditions in Zurich, KB Glanzenburger sought contact with the Ring of Catholic German Fraternities (RKDB). At the ring meeting of the RKDB in Munich from March 5th to 7th, 1965, the Ring Catholic Fraternities (RKB) was founded as an umbrella organization to which the regional associations of Catholic fraternities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland belong. Through a regulation in the statutes of the RKB, the KB Glanzenburger was the only Catholic fraternity in Switzerland to be equated with a national association.

The KB Glanzenburger was strongly committed to the success of the RKB, but already at its ring meeting in 1966 difficulties for the umbrella organization became apparent. The fraternities of the newly founded Austrian regional association found hardly any members and several fraternities had to be deactivated.

KB Glanzenburger tackled a comprehensive reform of the RKB statutes at the extraordinary united ring conference of the RKDB and RKB in 1967 in Freiburg im Breisgau . The regional associations should be abolished in favor of a RKB capable of acting. The umbrella organization should be denationalized and the individual fraternities should be given the choice of designation as German, academic, Swiss, etc. In the preceding RKDB ring meeting, a nationalist blocking minority against the abolition of German in the name of the association prevented the four-fifths majority necessary for the adoption of the reform for a day and a half. On the second day, therefore, the suburb KDB Sigfridia stepped in and interrupted the RKDB ring meeting in favor of the opening of the RKB ring meeting. Each national association only had two votes and the reform was accepted.

Since the RKB had no authority over its regional associations, but only represented a link between free and independent fraternities to promote friendly cohesion, the reform could not be implemented. The attempt by Adolf Alois Steiner from Glanzenburg to redesign the association magazine "Ring" based on the "Civitas" of the Schw. StVs and thereby help the RKB achieve a breakthrough failed. With the subsequent resignation of Steiner as Ring Editor in 1968, KB Glanzenburger gradually withdrew from the RKB.

Even after leaving the RKB, a friendly relationship, especially with the KDB Sigfridia zu Bonn, remained in the RKDB, which is expressed through regular, mutual participation in various events in Bonn and Zurich.

Realignment and anchoring in Zurich: since 1973

Following the outbreak of student unrest in 1968, the Zurich CV was dissolved in 1969. During this time, however, there was a need on the part of the colored students for an association capable of acting, which was able to protect their interests as a counterweight to left student groups. KB Glanzenburger took the initiative to found a new association in the winter semester 1971/72. As a result, Helvetia , AKV Kyburger and KB Glanzenburger founded the Association of Couleur-Bearing Corporations (VCC). Already after the summer of 1973 there was not much activity from the VCC, which is why in November 1974 the color-bearing student associations Academic Agricultural Association (ALV), SHV Rhodia, AV Welfen and Carolingia took the initiative to found a new association capable of acting. KB Glanzenburger supported the new initiative from the start. On February 3, 1976, the founding meeting of the Corporations Convent Zurich (CCZ) took place, which KB Glanzenburger joined on June 19, 1976.

Federal fraternal handshake with the Swiss Student Association

In the course of the 1960s, personal contacts between members of the Schw. StV and KB Glanzenburger contributed to the fact that their initially difficult relationship relaxed. The exit from the RKB and the death of Gründerbursche Rimli in 1973 led to the reorientation of KB Glanzenburger towards the Schw. StV. The new old gentlemen's president Fritz Bättig got in touch on August 8, 1974 with the then president of the old gentlemen's association, Hans Bernet, and then took part in the 1974 Baden Central Festival on official invitation . In 1975 it was decided to start negotiations to join the Schw. StV. Regarding membership, it was agreed with the SchwStV that all active lads automatically become members of the Schw. StV, but old men would be free to make this decision.

Regarding the colors of the KB Glanzenburger, which deviated from the scheme of the Schw. StV red hats to red-white-green ribbons, the Schw. StV allowed a color variant, which should signal the affiliation to the association while keeping the original colors of the KB Glanzenburger as much as possible . The solution was to replace the blue color on the back of the head of the KB Glanzenburger with a wine-red color and additionally to wear the bands of the Schw. StV behind the ribbons of the fraternity. At the extraordinary Cumulative Convent on May 15, 1976, it was decided to join the Schw. StV and on July 16, 1976 at the Zentralfest Altstätten the admission took place.

Renaming to AB Glanzenburger: 2012

The question of the meaning of the Catholic in the name of the fraternity has been raised frequently. Numerous discussions showed that Catholic in the ancient Greek sense was understood as all-encompassing and as a commitment to the Christian occidental tradition.

In February 2012 the name was changed to the Academic Burschenschaft of the Glanzenburger zu Zürich. The reason for the step was that “Catholic” conveyed a wrong image of the fraternity, since the internal interpretation as all-embracing was not obvious to outsiders and the denomination had not yet presented an argument against its acceptance for any candidate.


State father joust

AB Glanzenburger hat with numerous embroidery of the state father

The Landesvaterstechen is a tradition that goes back to the second half of the 17th century and served to pay homage to the sovereign and fatherland by colored student country teams and officers. During the song “Everything is silent”, the hats of all participants are stabbed on sharp swords, “consecrated” and then put back on the heads of those who stab each other.

KB Glanzenburger came into contact with this tradition at its first foundation festival in 1960 through Catholic fraternity members from Austria. As a testament to fraternal loyalty, she found pleasure in the Landesvaterstechen, but had to reinterpret the ritual from a declaration of loyalty to the German fatherland into a declaration of loyalty to Switzerland. The rights and freedoms enshrined in the Swiss Federal Constitution are celebrated as an achievement of the modern Confederation.

Fraternity principle

The Glanzenburger understand the fraternity principle to refer to the ideals of the original fraternity on the one hand, and a special interpretation of the principle of life union on the other. The people of Glanzenburg identify with the demands of the original fraternity for freedom, equality, democracy and republic.

The idea of ​​a fraternity as an all-embracing movement was reinterpreted on the principle of the Lebensbund, or rather the internal organization of AB Glanzenburger. The all-encompassing fact is that activitas and old gentry are housed in the same association and not in separate associations. This association structure is very rare in the Swiss liaison landscape and is considered a unique selling point of AB Glanzenburger in the Swiss Student Association (Schw. StV). The practical consequence of this is that old men have the same voting and election rights as active lads and are regarded by the statutes together with active lads as "lads".

First dark-skinned student at the RKB

Aloysius Mubiru

In the winter semester of 1963/64, Aloysius Mubiru from Uganda, who studied veterinary medicine at the University of Zurich, was accepted into the activities of KB Glanzenburger. Mubiru was one of the first dark-skinned in a Swiss fraternity and the first dark-skinned student in the ring of Catholic fraternities. His membership in the Glanzenburgers was a thorn in the side of certain members of the Schw. StV at that time. The fact that a new Catholic student union dared to include foreigners, even dark-skinned students, in its ranks, reinforced the already existing rivalry between KB Glanzenburger and Schw. StV.

Aloysius Mubiru remained undetectable for the Glanzenburger for decades after he had finished his studies and returned to his homeland. Under the impression of Idi Amin's terror regime , contact was not possible for a long time, and the Glanzenburger feared that Mubiru was no longer alive. As a last hope, the association decided to search for Mubiru by advertising in Uganda's largest newspaper, and they succeeded. After several phone calls and a lively correspondence, ten Glanzenburgers visited their old man Mubiru and his family in Kampala on March 21, 2017.

Unconventional public relations

In the 2010s AB Glanzenburger was represented in the Swiss media to a greater extent and in some cases very controversial. Among other things, the "A toast for every fan" campaign, which was about toasting every Facebook fan, was discussed in the daily newspaper for 20 minutes. The participation of three Glanzenburgers in fluff jackets in the Swiss elimination for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 under the band name "Arxplendida" resulted in a great media response and was also noticed internationally. The diverse reporting led to one of the best internet voting results and to reaching the Swiss intermediate round. Probably the most controversial topic of discussion was the fundraising campaign in 2016 under the title "Drinking for Peace", which raised CHF 10,000 for the Swiss Red Cross. The members of AB Glanzenburger undertook to drink one deciliter of beer in one evening for every 10 Swiss francs received. The opinions on the action differed very widely. While some saw it as a successful, fun and innovative collection campaign, others criticized it as a glorification of alcohol abuse and nonsense.

Engagement in the umbrella organizations

At the Corporations Convent Zurich (CCZ), the Glanzenburger has been a member of the five-member association's board of directors without interruption since the 1980s, including three presidents. In the Schw. StV, the people of Glanzenburg have been heavily involved, especially since the turn of the millennium, and within six years they have five representatives on the board of the association as a whole.

Known members (excerpt)

See also

Web links


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Franz Josef Klassen (ed.): 100 years of KDB Sigfridia in Bonn . 3. Edition. Bonn May 2010.
  2. Excerpt from "Swiss Catholicism between the World Wars 1920-1940", edited by Urs Altermatt in "Universitätsverlag Freiburg Switzerland" , accessed on October 24, 2016
  3. ^ Willi Baumgartner, Bernhard Neidhart, Peter Buser-Olssen, Paul Bitschnau; Catholic fraternity of the Glanzenburger (Hrsg.): Glanzenburger Who is Who . Zurich 1989.
  4. Convent resolutions 1963/64 of the Glanzenburger student association in the Zurich City Archives, signature: VII.507.
  5. Adolf A Steiner; Catholic fraternity of the Glanzenburger zu Zürich (Hrsg.): History of the Glanzenburger . Zurich: Catholic fraternity of the Glanzenburger in Zurich, Zurich 1979, OCLC 8221961 , p. 219 .
  6. Report on Swissinfo to Uganda Travel , accessed on September 6, 2017
  7. Students plan a toast to everyone , 20 minutes, accessed October 18, 2016
  8. Mention in the English Guardian about participation in the song contest selection, accessed on October 24, 2016
  9. ^ Song "Mercurii Diei" on iTunes , accessed October 18, 2016
  10. These are the Swiss “Lordis” ,, accessed on October 18, 2016
  11. Recorded livestream of Swiss television of the intermediate round , accessed on October 24, 2016
  12. report Arxplendida in the newspaper 20 Minuten , accessed on 24 October 2016
  13. report Arxplendida in the newspaper "Der Bund" , accessed on 24 October 2016
  14. Students Get Drunk For Peace , 20 minutes, accessed October 18, 2016
  15. Contribution to the fundraising campaign on Radio FM1 , accessed on October 24, 2016
  16. Contribution to the fundraising campaign at the Limattaler Zeitung , accessed on October 24, 2016
  17. Contribution to the fundraising campaign on the communications specialist portal , accessed on October 25, 2016
  18. Contribution to the fundraising campaign on the radio in French-speaking Switzerland , accessed on October 24, 2016
  19. Extract from "Swiss Catholicism between the World Wars 1920-1940", edited by Urs Altermatt in the "Universitätsverlag Freiburg Switzerland" , accessed on October 27, 2016