Corps Suevia Tübingen

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Corps Suevia Tübingen is a corps that belonged to the Kösener Senioren-Convents-Verband (KSCV), the second oldest umbrella organization of German student associations, from 1857 to 1971 . The corps is color-bearing and, in contrast to most corps, has not had a scale length since 1971 . It brings together students and former students from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. The corps members are called "Tübser Swabians".


Bar of the Tübingen Swabia, around 1815
Fencing scene of the Corps Suevia Tübingen (right) with a representative of the Corps Franconia Tübingen from 1831

Suevia wears the colors black-white-red with silver percussion , with a red cap. The foxes wear a ribbon in black and red. The choice of colors, like the similar combinations in Obersuevia (1808–1812) and Suevia II (1813–1826), is said to go back to the uniform colors of the Swabian knighthood awarded by imperial memorandum in 1793.


Corps of this name already existed in Tübingen before today's Corps Suevia was founded. So from 1807 to 1811 the Suevia I with the colors black-yellow-white, from 1808 to 1812 the Suevia superior, from 1813 to 1826 the Suevia II and from 1829 to 1830 the Suevia III. The three latter corps already wore today's black-white-red. The Suevia superior and Franconia I in 1808 formed the first Tübingen senior citizens' convention.

In 1831 today's Suevia (according to student history counting Suevia IV) was founded. In 1857 the Tübinger SC joined the Kösener Seniors Convents Association (KSCV). In 1899, Suevia was the presiding suburb corps and, with Friedrich Blauel, was the chairman of the oKC. Within the association, the corps joined the “green circle” in the second half of the 19th century. This amalgamation of corps was shaped by members of the corps from families who had often been able to consolidate their position in society for generations through land ownership and public office. The corps reached the peak of social recognition with the membership of the Württemberg Crown Prince Wilhelm, who soon after became Wilhelm II, the last King of Württemberg .

Nazi era

Under pressure from the DC circuit was in 1933 in the Convents Association Senior Kösener the Aryan clause introduced. When in 1934 they also called for the exclusion of "Jewish origin and Jewish relatives" from the connections, the Corps Baltia , Suevia Munich , Guestphalia Heidelberg , Rhenania Strasbourg , Austria Prague and Borussia Halle refused to do so . You were expelled from the KSCV. By preferring a brief suspension to giving in on the Aryan question, Suevia anticipated expulsion from the HKSCV in 1934. In fact, she soon reconstituted. In the winter semester of 1935/36 she deliberately showed the colors as a leader in the Tübingen Seniors' Convention . It was fought with the SC. A thank you glass window on the corp house of Borussia Tübingen reminds of this. Nevertheless, Suevia decided on October 27, 1935: "The Aryan regulations in the sense of the NSDAP are carried out in the corps." The reason given in 1990: "While in 1934 only the corps' membership of the ... Kösener Association was at stake, it went in October 1935 for the very existence of the corps. "

New beginning


In 1949 Suevia founded the Österberg association with Franconia and Borussia . In 1950, Suevia reconstituted alone. With other green corps , Suevia pursued in the course of the upheavals caused by the 68 movement in the KSCV, the goal of questioning the hitting of scales as a duty. The idea behind this was to gain internal and external credibility when the scale as an instrument for character education takes a back seat. When that could not be achieved, a split of the association was considered. Finally in 1971 four “green” corps, including Suevia Tübingen, left the association due to the cap on the fencing issue. Since then, members of these corps have not added any more scales to their colors. In 2010 the 150-year-old cartel was celebrated with the Corps Bremensia Göttingen .

Corp house

Former corp house of Suevia Tübingen in Gartenstr. 12

See main article: Schwabenhaus (Tübingen)

The first corps house of Suevia was a bought house in Neckarhalde 66, which was used by the corps from 1885 to 1900. Soon there was not enough space and a new house was built right on the banks of the Neckar. The Schwabenhaus in Gartenstr. 12 was the corp house of Suevia Tübingen from 1900 to 1936, today it is the seat of the Evangelical College for Church Music . Suevia has been using a new house on Kleiststrasse since 1952.



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  • Heinz Howaldt: Suevia Tübingen 1831-1931. Volume 1. Corps history. Tübingen 1931. 274 S. Gln. Illustrated; Volume 2. Members. Tübingen 1931. 376 S. Gln.
  • Martin Biastoch : Duel and scale in the Empire ( using the example of the Tübingen Corps Franconia, Rhenania, Suevia and Borussia between 1871 and 1895). Vierow 1995. ISBN 3-89498-020-6 .
  • Martin Biastoch: Tübingen students in the German Empire. A socio-historical investigation, Sigmaringen 1996 (Contubernium - Tübingen contributions to the history of universities and science, vol. 44) ISBN 3-51508-022-8 .

Web links

Commons : Corps Suevia Tübingen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Aribert Schwenke: About the origin of the different colors of our Schwabencorps . In: then and now. Yearbook of the Association for Corporate Student History Research 34 (1989), pp. 138-139
  2. ^ Rainer Assmann: "Dawn of the New Freedom" - Tübingen students at the end of the restoration . In: then and now. Yearbook of the Association for Corporate Student History Research 19 (1974), p. 27.
  3. Assmann III Rhenaniae Tübingen, Deutsche Corpszeitung 3/1994, p. 204
  4. Schwabengeschichte 1931–1981 (1990), p. 36 f.
  5. ^ EH Eberhard: Handbook of the student liaison system. Leipzig, 1924/25, p. 110.
  6. ^ Arnold Sieveking, Wilhelm Girardet, Vladimir Freiherr von Schnurbein, Nicolaus Fallmeier: Key data on the history of the corps in Suevia Tübingen - on the history of the Swabian houses . in: Wilhelm G. Neusel (Ed.): Small castles, large villas - Tübingen connecting houses in portrait , Tübingen 2009, pp. 232–241, ISBN 978-3-924123-70-3
  7. Adolf Bingel: Studies on the influence of beer drinking and fencing on the heart of young people . Munich Medical Weekly 2/54 (1907)