Corps Altsachsen Dresden

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Corps Old Saxony

Coat of arms of the Corps Altsachsen zu Dresden
October 31, 1861 in Dresden
Umbrella organization
Science and friendship
Nile nisi officium.
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Fox colors
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Central German CSC
Weißbachstrasse 1
01069 Dresden

The Corps Altsachsen is a corps ( student association ) in the Weinheim Senior Citizens' Convent (WSC), the second oldest umbrella association of German student associations. The Corps brings together students and alumni from the Technical University of Dresden and other universities in Dresden . The Dresden Old Saxony provided four rectors of today's TU Dresden and are of central importance in the university history of the city.


The principle of tolerance applies in the Corps Altsachsen . According to your own specifications, it doesn't matter where you come from or what you believe in; what counts is where you want to go. The Corps has members from Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Germany, Eritrea, France, Italy, Colombia, the Netherlands, Austria, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, and the USA. The association takes a neutral stance on all political issues and, as an association of persons, does not represent any political direction. The individual corps member can independently be politically active. With this, the Corps confirms that every male student enrolled at a Dresden university can become a member, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, religion or political worldview. According to your own specifications, what counts are personality and strength of character.

Members of the corps study according to the academic merit principle , which means that every full member must have a university degree in order to be accepted into the old men’s association after fulfilling their duties in the corps. This step, known as "philistration", ensures that the principle of "science and friendship" has been met.

In accordance with the principle of society , each member is expected to have “appropriate demeanor, decency, etiquette” and refine it if necessary. This is supported, among other things, by regular seminars on social decency and appropriate gentleman behavior as well as exercises in ballroom dancing.

Every member of this mandatory connection has to cope with the challenge of the scale length . The scale length is understood as an extreme situation in which a corps student with a cool head keeps a clear point of view. The preparation and holding of such a meeting serves to strengthen and test the character of each member, which results in the obligation to successfully master several courses before a full member can achieve the status of an old man (alumnus).

“The aim and purpose of the corps was and is solely to educate the student to a strong, free, cosmopolitan personality who is not restricted by religious, racial, national, scientific or philosophical boundaries. In addition to the institutes of the corps convent and the pub, the institute of the present-day censorship also serves to achieve this goal, in which the fencers are appointed by those commissioned to do so while maintaining the same starting conditions as possible. [...] This exercise, which is connected with overcoming one's own fear, with the commitment to the corps community and the associated strengthening of the sense of community, serves to educate one's personality as well as taking hits without losing one's composure, and the acceptance of the scale length assessment by one's own corps brothers. "

Decisions are made in the corps democratically and together at regular meetings, so-called conventions . As an opinion and decision-making platform, these conventions secure and convey the understanding of democracy and the principle of tolerance of every corps member in everyday life. Resolutions are supported and represented by everyone. Conventions encourage and demand the ability to take a clear position, to express criticism positively of the matter and not of the person, as well as to accept the same in order to be able to bear responsibility for the community as an elected representative.

Color and motto

The corps is a color-bearing association. Full members can be recognized externally on the band in the connecting colors " gray-wettiner green-gold with golden percussion ". Members on examination time, called foxes , wear a fox ribbon in " gray-wettiner green with golden percussion ".

The colors of Old Saxony have no heraldic, as is usual, but a literary model. They come from the quote from the Faust of Goethe "Gray, my dear friend, is all theory and green the golden tree of life." ( Johann Wolfgang von Goethe : Faust I ). Hence the heraldic color gray , which only occurs in Spain but is otherwise very rare .

The motto of the Corps “ Litteris et amicitiae ” (German: “Science and friendship”) underscores the bond between the members and to general and university education. The slogan “ Nil nisi officium ” (German: “Nothing, if not the duty”) affirms that every member as a corps student has an obligation to measure the scale, but should not exaggerate it. The scale is understood as part of the corps student training, but not as the center of it.


Formation of the Corps in Europe

Established as an association to maintain free speech

The Corps Altsachsen goes back to the association founded on October 31, 1861 for the maintenance of free speech in the premises of the Italian village . Following the initiative of the civil engineer Freiherr Carl von Wagner, the Secret Government Councilor Prof.-Dr.-phil, Dr.-Ing e. H. Theodor Albrecht, building inspector Rudolph Benkert, as well as finance u. Civil engineer Rudolph Reiche-Eisenstuck in the long pavilion of the Italian village , which was then called "Helbig's Etablissement". The association gave itself a statute and was free with some members from 1868, before it was renamed Academic Association Polyhymnia the following year . The motto "Litteris et amicitiae" (Science and Friendship) was adopted on June 25, 1880 at the request of Victor Zeuners. With the formulation of a motto and the adoption of the tricolor, the way was paved for the adoption of one's own coat of arms.

Role of the Old Saxony in the context of the appointment of the Dresden University of Technology

With a large number of secret government and teaching councils in their ranks, members of the association played a key role in upgrading the then Polytechnic to a university in the 1880s: After years of advertising with the government of the Saxon federal state, which was founded in 1871 from the Kingdom of Saxony was, the Royal Saxon Polytechnic Dresden was appointed Royal Saxon Technical University Dresden in 1890. In this context, the academic principle was introduced at Polyhymnia in the same year at the request of Fritz Zeuner, the Honorary Senator of the Technical University Dresden. Fritz Zeuner was the eldest son of Gustav Zeuner, after whom the Zeuner building at TU Dresden is named today. The then professor and last director of the Polytechnic Gustav Zeuner had the decisive influence on the changeover to the electoral rectorate. In 1900 the university also received the right to award doctorates and was able to award honorary doctorates to deserving scientists and entrepreneurs in addition to regular doctorates. Members of the Corps Altsachsen also played a major role in this step. Friedrich Siemens became the first honorary doctoral candidate at the university.

Establishment of the Freischlagende connection Franconia

With the entry of some Dresden associations into umbrella organizations and the breakdown of the “Pauk and Greetings” relationship with the “Fraternity Cheruscia Dresden” in 1899, the upcoming scales can no longer be covered. In July 1899, five inactive polyhymnians founded the “Free-striking Association Franconia” (later “Corps Franconia Dresden”). The start-up capital is provided by the AHV of the "Freischlagendenverbindungen Polyhymnia Dresden". The colors of the "Franconia" are "green-white-black". The "Freischlagende connection Polyhymnia Dresden" and the "Freischlagende connection Franconia Dresden" merged in 1900 to form the "Dresden Connection Cartell" (DVC).

Joins the Weinheim Senior Citizens' Convention and renamed Corps Altsachsen

In order to be able to guarantee its members a stable pounding ratio, Polyhymnia entered the Weinheim Senior Citizens' Convention in 1927 and was renamed Corps Altsachsen. The name change from Polyhymnia to Corps Altsachsen came under pressure from the WSC. Many of the local connections joined the growing umbrella organizations in a similar way and from then on only had crap relationships with their members.

During the National Socialism

The student corps suffered under the surveillance of the Nazi state during the National Socialist era . Events such as the Heidelberg asparagus meal , a public disparagement of Adolf Hitler by Heidelberg Corps students, increased the pressure of the Nazi dictatorship on student associations in general and the Corps in particular. On July 15, 1935, Hitler himself spoke out in favor of the "slow death" of the connections. In rapid succession, associations and their umbrella organizations were banned and forced to terminate themselves.

When the Corps Makaria Dresden (emerged from the Makaria Mathematical and Natural Science Association, since 1929 Corps Makaria in the Rudolstadt Senior Citizens' Convention ) was in personnel difficulties in connection with increasing surveillance pressure, it merged with the Corps Altsachsen in 1934 while retaining the name Corps Altsachsen Dresden. In 1936 the Corps Altsachsen was finally forced to dissolve itself under pressure from the National Socialists. This fate was ultimately shared by all connections.

Reconstitution in the post-war period

Altsachsenhaus at midnight in snowy Dresden during Advent.

In 1950 the Corps Altsachsen was reconstituted at the University of Cologne and merged with the Corps Gothia Dresden in 1953 (founded as a choral society for the military veterinary students of the Dresden University of Veterinary Medicine on July 8, 1888, since 1911 Corps Teutonia, from 1913 in the RSC). The Old Saxons were initially located in Cologne-Lindenthal, later in Cologne-Marienburg. After the fall of the wall and the reunification of Germany , the Corps Altsachsen returned to the Technical University of Dresden in 1994 with the help of the Blue Cartel , which it joined in 1993 . In 1997 the connection moved into its new corp house directly on the campus of the TU Dresden.


Within the WSC, the Corps Altsachsen is organized in the Saxon SC , together with the Corps Saxo-Borussia Freiberg and the Corps Teutonia Dresden. It covers its determination mensuras mainly in the Central German CSC , a weapon ring of Saxon , Halle and Jenenser corps. As part of the Blue Cartel, the Old Saxons are in lively exchange with the Corps Berlin, Saxo-Thuringia Munich and Hannoverania Hanover. Following on from the traditions of the Blue Cartel, the Corps also maintains friendly relations with the Corps Marko-Guestphalia Aachen , but here without an official relationship.

Blue cartel

The Blue Cartel connects corps in Berlin, Dresden, Hanover and Munich. Friendly relations exist with the Corps Marko-Guestphalia in Aachen.

The Blue cartel is (with its four member Corps Saxo-Thuringia Munich , Hannover Hannoverania Old Saxons and the Corps Berlin ), the largest cartel in Weinheimer Senior Convent (WSC) is.

Member of the Blue Cartel since 1993, the Old Saxons, together with the members of the three other corps of the Blue Cartel, see themselves as one corps with a different university location, different names and colors. The close bond is cultivated in frequent mutual visits and joint events, such as regular balls and boat parties:

"According to the declaration made when the cartel was concluded, the cartel corps understand themselves as a corps with a different name and different colors at a different university location in the sense of an ideal togetherness."

- Excerpt from the Articles of Association of the Blue Cartel

The origin of the Blue Cartel was the conclusion of a contract on April 24, 1874 between the Landsmannschaften Hannoverania Hanover and Feronia (later Teutonia) Berlin, both of which belonged to the "Berliner SC der Veterinärmedizinischen Landsmannschaften" at the time. Over the years, the cartel joined:

  • 1875 Hippokratia Munich (until forced dissolution in 1879)
  • 1885 Landsmannschaft Nicaria Stuttgart (until the merger with Saxo-Thuringia Munich 1910)
  • 1899 Saxo-Thuringia Munich
  • 1900 Albingia Aachen (until the merger with Marko-Guestphalia Aachen 1996)
  • 1933 Frisia Frankfurt (until forced self-dissolution in 1935 due to pressure from the Nazi dictatorship)
  • 1993 Old Saxony Dresden
  • 2010 Corps Berlin (founded from a merger of Corps Cheruscia Berlin, Rheno-Guestphalia Berlin and Teutonia Berlin)

The Blue Cartel maintains friendly relations with the Corps Marko-Guestphalia Aachen , which result in regular visits by the member corps in Aachen and the Marko-Westphalia in the cities of the member corps.

Known members

Holder of the Klinggräff Medal

The Klinggräff Medal of the Stifterverein Alter Corpsstudenten was awarded to:

  • Dirk Steinebach (1993)
  • Manfred Franke (2009)
  • Anton Anthofer (2015)

public perception

The STURA of the TU Dresden describes the Corps Altsachsen as one of the most established connections and with a strong tradition in Dresden. It tends to have an aristocratic attitude and stands for values ​​such as the duty of duty in the life of union, traditional character traits for a corps. What is also outstanding for the Corps Altsachsen is that it is primarily committed to educating itself in social etiquette and that, despite all conservative traditions, it does not neglect liberalism, which emphasizes the individual. Quote: "One of the principles of the corps is the social principle, according to which [sic!] Dealing in society, which requires" appropriate appearance, decency, etiquette ", should be learned." and "The Corps even offers regular seminars for gentleman behavior and social decency, most recently with the Techniker Krankenkasse and the Association of German Engineers (VDI)."

In an older publication by the TU Dresden's STURA, the corps was described as one of the most active connections in Dresden. So it understands the connection to implement the "principle of tolerance" credibly and have international members. The tolerance of the Corps Altsachsen ends, however, if international members of the Corps were insulted by members of a less liberal-minded association, which among other things led to the ban on an intolerant Dresden association. The second point on which the Corps has an incontrovertible opinion is a successful degree. Quote: "As with most connections, tolerance has limits when it comes to a lack of success in your studies. As a performance principle, this thought finds its way into the basic principles of the Corps. It also states that the connection for" a good and speedy Study that ends with an academic degree "stands."

See also


  • Hans Schüler: Weinheimer SC-Chronik , Darmstadt 1927, pp. 434–454
  • Michael Doeberl u. a. (Ed.): Das akademische Deutschland , Volume 2: The German universities and their academic citizens , Berlin 1931, p. 735
  • Paulgerhard Gladen: The Kösener and Weinheimer Corps: Your representation in individual chronicles . 1st edition. WJK-Verlag, Hilden 2007, ISBN 978-3-933892-24-9 , pp. 200 .
  • Paulgerhard Gladen : History of the student corporation associations , Volume 1, p. 53, Würzburg 1981
  • Rolf-Joachim Baum: "We want men, we want action!" - German corps students from 1848 to today . Berlin 1998, pp. 7-12. ISBN 3-88680-653-7
  • Corps Altsachsen: One hundred years of Corps Altsachsen . 1st edition. Cologne 1961, p. 86 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Dresden universities
  2. ^ A b c Corps Altsachsen: Hundred years of Corps Altsachsen. 1st edition. Cologne 1961
  3. a b c d Paulgerhard Gladen : The Kösener and Weinheimer Corps. Their representation in individual chronicles . WJK-Verlag, Hilden 2007, ISBN 3-933892-24-4
  4. ^ Corps Altsachsen Dresden: Philosophy . Last seen in August 2018
  5. a b c d Student Council of the TU Dresden: AUSGEFUXT - criticism of student connections. Part 2: Dresden connections . December 2017, revised March 2018.
  6. Hermann Rink: The scale length, an essential feature of the association. In: Rolf-Joachim Baum (ed.), “We want men, we want action!” German corps students from 1848 to today . Siedler Verlag, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-88680-653-7 , p. 383 f.
  7. a b c Festschrift to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the uncovered connection "Polyhymnia" at the Technical University of Dresden. Technical University of Dresden, 1911.
  8. ^ Ernst Hans Eberhard : Handbook of the student liaison system. Leipzig, 1924/25, p. 135.
  9. a b P. Gladen (1981)
  10. ^ Corps Altsachsen: Hundred years of Corps Altsachsen. 1st edition. Cologne 1961, p. 86.
  11. ^ Scientific journal of the Technical University of Dresden, Volume 18, Issue 5, Technical University of Dresden, 1969
  12. ^ Hans Schüler: Weinheimer SC-Chronik, Darmstadt 1927, pp. 434–454
  13. Michael Doeberl, Alfred Bienengräber: Das akademische Deutschland, Volume 2, CA Weller, 1931.
  14. ^ Karlheinz Blaschke, Holger Starke, Uwe John: Geschichte der Stadt Dresden, Volume 3, Theiss Verlag, 2006, p. 182.
  15. Michael Doeberl, Alfred Bienengräber: Das akademische Deutschland, Volume 2, CA Weller, 1931.
  16. a b University Guide . University of Cologne, General Student Committee, 1972
  17. ^ Extract from the Articles of Association of the Blue Cartel
  18. ^ Student Council of the TU Dresden: AUSGEFUXT - Lifelong community instead of anonymous mass university . December 2017, revised March 2018.
  19. ^ Student council of the TU Dresden: AUSGEFUXT - criticism of student connections. Part 1: past and present . December 2017, revised March 2018.
  20. Old hat. Criticism of student connections in Dresden . February {sic!} 2011.

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