Vandalia Jena fraternity

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The fraternity of Vandalia zu Jena was a reformed student union that was influenced by the early youth movement and the life reform movement .


The founding date of Vandalia is July 1st, 1912. In 1912 there were tensions in the Jena fraternity of Cheruscia about the further direction of the connection. As a result of these disputes several Active withdrew from this compound and formed in accordance with the Landsmannschaft Vandalia , a collar of the foundation Urburschenschaft that Burschenschaftsdenkmal Vandalia . The young association chose a black and red ribbon vu with a gold border as the colors . This is also due to the colors of the original fraternity and, in a broader sense, to the uniforms of the Lützow hunters . A black cap was worn. The motto was: "Freedom, honor, fatherland!"

In the commemorative publication for the centenary on the Hoher Meißner , their commitment to the original fraternity is justified as follows:

"We want to be a community of students who want to educate their members in the spirit of the old fraternity to become capable citizens of the German fatherland, whose guiding principle in all their thoughts and actions is the well-being, power and greatness of our German people."

Like other reformed student associations, the Vandalia was critical of the prevailing compulsion to drink and duel. This negative attitude intensified until the Bundestag of the fraternity umbrella organization General German Boy Association (ADB) at Pentecost 1913 and the Vandalia withdrew their application for membership. Instead, they turned to youth movement and reform circles. The association organized regular gymnastics lessons and lecture evenings. The vandals wandered and enjoyed otherwise casual sociability. All members were granted extensive freedoms and only demanded “inner truthfulness” and “moral rigor”.

The Vandalia was co-founder of the Free German Youth and participants collar of the First Free German Youth Day on the Hohe Meissner in October 1913. At that attended seven active vandals. At a federal meeting of the German Academic Freischar after the festival at Hanstein Castle , the connections to the Freischar grew. The Vandalia joined her as Freischar Jena II, despite internal quarrels . The remaining Aktivitas went into the field in 1914. An active life did not take place with or after the outbreak of war .

In the winter semester of 1923/24, most of the rest of the Vandalia, who had meanwhile founded an "Academic Work Team" and finally the "Academic Scientific Association Wartburg", returned to the Cheruscia. This merged in 1995 with the fraternities Neogermania and Sugambria Bonn to form the Bonn fraternity Germania .

See also


  • Hans-Georg Balder : The German (n) Burschenschaft (en) - Your representation in individual chronicles. Hilden 2005, p. 236.
  • Sigrid Bias-Engels: Between Wandering Bird and Science. On the history of the youth movement and student body 1896–1920. Edition archive of the German youth movement. Vol. 4. Verlag Wissenschaft und Politik, Cologne 1988, ISBN 3-8046-8709-1 , passim (esp. Pp. 123–126).
  • Winfried Mogge , Jürgen Reulecke : Hoher Meißner 1913. The First Freideutsche Youth Day in documents, interpretations and pictures. Edition archive of the German youth movement. Vol. 5. Verlag Wissenschaft und Politik, Cologne 1988, ISBN 3-8046-8723-7 , pp. 119–124.