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Erzgebirgsverein e. V. (EV)
The pre-war logo of the Erzgebirgsverein, 1929, when the association had 28,000 members
Founded May 5, 1878 (Schneeberg);
June 19, 1955 (Göttingen-West);
April 21, 1990 (Zschorlau - East founded);
October 12, 1991 (Eibenstock - reunification)
Place of foundation Schneeberg
Chairperson Gabriele Lorenz
societies 56 branches
Members 63 (1878); 28,000 (1929); 3859 (2008); 3750 (2011); 3300 (2016)

The Erzgebirgsverein e. V. (EV) is one of the oldest and most traditional homeland , mountain and hiking clubs in Germany . The association was founded in 1878.

After the Second World War , the association with its numerous branch associations was banned, but was re-established in West Germany in 1955 in Göttingen. It was only after the political change in 1990 that the Ore Mountains were re-established. At the end of 2008, the association had 3,859 members in 61 branch associations. Before 1945 there were more than 25,000 members. In 1929 the Erzgebirgsverein even had over 28,000 members in 156 branch associations and had its own accommodation facilities on the Fichtelberg near Oberwiesenthal and the Schwartenberg between Seiffen and Neuhausen / Erzgeb.

Today the Erzgebirgsverein has 12 carving and 30 lace groups. In 2008 members did 220,000 hours of voluntary work. The association's signposts look after 4,042 kilometers of hiking trails in the Ore Mountains with 6,136 signposts, 2,346 benches and 377 mountain huts. The association is entered in the register of associations of the Chemnitz District Court (VR 30227).


Foundation and development of the club structures

Former "train station oak" in Aue -zelle, Lößnitzer Straße 1 (table foundation EZV)
Memorial Dr. Ernst Köhler in Schneeberg, founder of the Erzgebirgsverein

On December 30, 1877, the Schneeberg seminar teachers Ernst Köhler and Hermann Möckel , the council forester Arnold and the builder Görling went on a sleigh ride through the Auersberg area . Fascinated by the charm of the snow-covered forests, they decided to set up a local and hiking club for the Ore Mountains when they stopped at the Drechslers Gasthof in Wildenthal . The Erzgebirgsverein was then founded on May 5, 1878 at the suggestion of Ernst Köhler, who also acted as the first chairman of the association, by 63 homeland friends of the upper middle class in the station oak in Aue -zelle . In the founding year of 1878, the first branch associations were established in Schneeberg , Eibenstock , Schlema , Lößnitz , Wolkenstein , Schwarzenberg , Hartenstein , Marienberg , Glauchau - Waldenburg and Dippoldiswalde . Thereafter, branch associations outside of the actual catchment area emerged, e.g. B. in Berlin (1910), Hamburg (1933), Frankfurt am Main (1936) and Hanover (1936). In 1932 the Erzgebirgsverein was the second largest association of its kind in Germany after the Alpine Association with 25,000 members .

To achieve its goal of making the Ore Mountains better known to hikers from near and far, the Erzgebirgsverein built around 25 observation towers and mountain inns in the first 50 years of its existence. Other activities that started early on were the marking of hiking trails and the issuing of hiking maps. This boosted tourism to the Ore Mountains considerably in the late 19th century. The Erzgebirgsverein has belonged to the Association of German Mountain and Hiking Associations since 1885 . V. at.

Between 1920 and 1933

Under the chairman Friedrich Hermann Löscher , the Erzgebirgsverein also turned to research into local history and folklore. Löscher explained: " The Erzgebirgsverein does not only want to be a tourist association or a tower building association, but also wants to open up the home area on the basis of folklore, ... wants to do research on the people's soul, language, custom and change ". Numerous valuable publications by Glückauf-Verlag followed, including a. by the deserving homeland researchers Walter Fröbe , Johannes Langer and Gerhard Heilfurth .

The Erzgebirgsverein under National Socialism

The Erzgebirgsverein was also affected by the coordination of the German clubs in April 1933. As a member of the Association of German Mountain and Hiking Clubs, it was classified as a sports club in the National Socialist Reich Association for physical exercise . The youth groups of the Erzgebirgsverein were forcibly incorporated into the Hitler Youth . A permanent sign of the progressive synchronization is z. B. Walter Fröbe's work A Millennium of Ore Mountains History , printed in 1933 , which already contains three chapters of National Socialist ideas. All cultural activities were subsequently incorporated into the events of the Nazi organization Kraft durch Freude as well as the Heimatwerk Sachsen - Association for the Promotion of Saxon Ethnicity - run by the Schwarzenberg industrialist Friedrich Emil Krauss . V. integrated. Club officials who were unwilling to join the NSDAP were urged to resign from their elected offices. This was done at the Extraordinary Assembly of Representatives on December 4th and 5th, 1937, the previous chairman of the association, Fritz Grundmann, and the treasurer, Councilor Forester Carl Heßmann i. R., whereby the latter was also awarded the highest decoration of the Erzgebirgsverein, Bergdank , for his decades of selfless commitment . Fritz Grundmann, on the other hand, received the gold medal of the main board and honorary membership. Then the NSDAP district leader of Annaberg, Werner Vogelsang , was elected as the new chairman, for whom the term club leader was used a little later . Thus the politicized association was now completely under the control of the party. The previous Annaberg district culture warden, student Max Günther , took over the management of the association on a provisional basis in 1940.

post war period

The dissolution and liquidation of the association took place through Law No. 2 of the Allied Control Council of June 10, 1945, in which only the activities of anti-fascist parties and organizations in the Soviet zone of occupation were allowed. The association's property and documents were subsequently confiscated. In 1948 the association was deleted from the Aue association register.

While a new beginning in the GDR was not possible in the actual home of the association , the association in the FRG was re-established on June 19, 1955 in Göttingen by the homeland friends of the branch associations in Hamburg , West Berlin , Hanover and Frankfurt am not affected by the dissolution Main and the newly founded branch associations in Düsseldorf , Wolfsburg , Hameln , Krefeld and Goslar . The association now worked as the Erzgebirgsverein e. V., seat in Frankfurt am Main (formerly Schneeberg / Erzgebirge) . In 1976 an Erzgebirge local history museum was opened, and in 1978 the one hundred year anniversary was celebrated in Kirchberg an der Jagst with 23 West German branch associations . For its services to hiking, home and the environment , the association was awarded the Eichendorff plaque in 1984 by Federal President Karl Carstens .

1990–2010 - 20 years of revival

The official logo of the anniversary of the revival of the Erzgebirgsverein 2010

After the political change, the members of the Erzgebirgsverein, which was reactivated in the west in 1955, played a leading role in the revival of the Erzgebirgsverein in its homeland. The structures first had to be realigned, as the Heimatverein was banned in the GDR and the tradition and cultivation of the homeland was only possible in the GDR's centralized cultural association .

The desire for a quick return to independence as a homeland club led to the first founding of the Erzgebirgsverein even before the official re-establishment of the Erzgebirgsverein. The Heimatfreunde in Pobershau are to be regarded as pioneers, who revived the first Erzgebirgszweigverein on December 20, 1989. They secretly hoped to have exercised the right to re-establish the entire association. But the formal and legal re-establishment of the Erzgebirgsverein in the new federal states did not take place until April 21, 1990 in the cake house in Zschorlau . On October 12, 1991 in Eibenstock , the union with the West German association to form the traditional Erzgebirgsverein based in Schneeberg , where the association was founded in 1878, followed. On May 28, 1990, the Erzgebirgsverein was entered in the register of associations at the Aue District Court under number 9.

Revival in the Ore Mountains

Even before the formal re-establishment, the branch associations Pobershau and Lauter (both 1989), as well as Zschorlau, Schwarzenberg, Sayda, Bärenstein and Freiberg (both 1990) had been re-established. After the re-establishment in 1990, the branch associations Geyer, Zwickau, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Markersbach, Annaberg-Buchholz, Mildenau, Olbernhau, Marienberg, Zwönitz and Bernsbach started their work.

Initiatives of the Erzgebirgsverein 1990–2009

  • Customs: Between 1990 and 2010 over 9,500 folk evenings were held, in which more than 340,000 guests took part.
  • Youth: 16 Erzgebirge youth culture days were organized for the areas of "singing, instrumental music and dialect" as well as "carving, lace making and handicrafts with natural materials".
  • Dialect: Nine Erzgebirge Dialect Days have been held since 1990.
  • Hiking days: 9,600 public hikes were organized by the branch clubs with over 170,000 hikers. 13 “Erzgebirge Hiking Days” took place. In 2003, the Erzgebirgsverein hosted the 103rd German Hiking Day, made up of 40,000 hikers from all over Germany.
  • Wegwarten: In December 2009, the Erzgebirgsverein was responsible for the care and maintenance of 4,042 kilometers of hiking trails and nature trails. This included: over 2,350 benches, 430 shelters, 6,135 signposts, 1,015 overview boards and 577 kilometers of trails.

Association chairperson

Chairmen Köhler and Möckel
Chair Gilbert and Löscher

The following have acted as chairpersons of the Erzgebirgsverein since it was founded:

Membership development of the Erzgebirgsverein

year EZV Member Most members of the Erzgebirgsverein branch associations (EZV) receipt
1883 31 2,309
1903 60 7,769
1907 77 10,329 Chemnitz (1.411), Zwickau (907), Leipzig (830)
1908 82 12,353
1913 110 17,750
1918 122 13,200
1923 134 25.175
1924 137 27,126 Chemnitz (2,900), Leipzig (1,216), Aue (820), Zwickau (820), Olbernhau (750), Freiberg (700)
1925 139 29,350 Chemnitz (3,317), Leipzig (1,154), Zwickau (852), Aue (836), Olbernhau (760), Freiberg (760)
1927 152 27,874 Chemnitz (3,209), Leipzig (1,009), Aue (780), Zwickau (766), Freiberg (735), Olbernhau (720)
1928 155 27,757 Chemnitz (3,122), Leipzig (1,017), Aue (720), Zwickau (707), Freiberg, Olbernhau (700)
1929 158 27,320 Chemnitz (2,916), Leipzig (900), Aue (720), Freiberg (700), Olbernhau (630)
1932 167 22,112 Chemnitz (1,862), Aue (802), Leipzig (707)
2008 61 3,859


Schneeberg, Markt 6 (Freytag-Haus), seat of the Erzgebirgsverein

In 2016, the Erzgebirgsverein is divided into 56 branch associations (2009: 61; 2006: 63) that operate in four federal states. In 2016, the association had 3,300 members (2008: 3,859).

Of the 3,859 members, a total of 3,288 lived in Saxony at the end of 2008, four in Switzerland, one each in Austria and one in San Diego / USA. Most of the members in other German federal states who, like the “foreigners”, are listed as “Erzgebirge Ambassadors” (565 in 2008) came from North Rhine-Westphalia (201), Lower Saxony (110), Berlin (59) and Bavaria (56). In 2008, in the former stronghold of Thuringia, there were only five.

The association's office was in Frankfurt am Main from 1955 to 1991 , and in Johanngeorgenstadt from 1991 to 2008, and in February 2008 it was moved back to its original home in Schneeberg. The first federal chairwoman has been Gabriele Lorenz since 2007.

Branch clubs

In the founding year of 1878, the first branch associations were established in Schneeberg, Eibenstock, Schlema, Lößnitz, Wolkenstein, Schwarzenberg, Hartenstein, Marienberg, Glauchau-Waldenburg and Dippoldiswalde. Johanngeorgenstadt, Kirchberg, Lengenfeld and Schönheide followed in 1879. In 1883 there were already 31 branches with 2,309 members, in 1903 60 with 7,769 members.

The first Erzgebirgszweigverein outside the Schneeberg headquarters existed in Dresden from 1887, followed by branches in Berlin (1910), Prague (1915), Hamburg (1933), Frankfurt / Main and Hanover (1936). In 1978 there were 23 branch associations in the FRG (in the GDR the association was banned), in 2009 there were 60 in the reunified Erzgebirgsverein. The last FCA was founded in 2008 in Zinnwald. After two branches were dissolved in 2011, the PA had 60 branches and around 3750 members at the end of 2012. The average age of the members in July 2012 was 64 years.

Today's branch associations in Saxony

Signpost of the Erzgebirgsverein

There are currently 53 branch associations in Saxony, namely in Albernau, Annaberg-Buchholz, Sprung / Sorgau, Aue, Beierfeld, Bernsbach, Breitenbrunn, Bräunsdorf, Burkhardtsdorf, Bärenstein, Crottendorf, Deutschneudorf, Drebach, Dresden, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Elterlein, Erlabrunn / Steinheidel , Freiberg, Geising, Geyer, Gornsdorf, Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Hormersdorf, Johanngeorgenstadt, Jöhstadt, Klaffenbach, Lauter, Marienberg, Markersbach, Mildenau, Mulda, Neuhausen / Erzgeb., Olbernhau, Pobershau, Pockau, Raschau, Rittersgrün, statutes, Sayda, Scharfenstein, Scheibenberg, Schlettau, Schneeberg-Neustädtel, Schwarzenberg, Seiffen, Steinbach, Stollberg, Tannenberg, Wiesenthal, Zinnwald, Zschorlau, Zwickau and Zwönitz (in alphabetical order).

The branch associations Kirchberg and Reitzenhain were dissolved in 2011.

Today's branch associations outside of Saxony

Outside of Saxony there are seven branch clubs in Berlin, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hanover, Hildesheim, Cologne and Solingen (in alphabetical order).

Club goals

Statutory goals of the Erzgebirgsverein are u. a .:

  • Care of the Ore Mountains customs, the local songs and the Ore Mountains dialect,
  • Preservation and dissemination of knowledge about the landscape, culture and history of the Ore Mountains and its people,
  • Care of hiking for everyone, as well as the layout, marking, equipment and maintenance of hiking trails and hiking parking lots as well as the publication of hiking maps and hiking literature,
  • Coordinating conception of the hiking trails including marking drawings for the Ore Mountains and its foreland,
  • Maintaining local history and supporting environmental and nature conservation as well as landscape conservation,
  • Maintenance and preservation of cultural values ​​as well as monument preservation and the preservation and restoration of recognized architectural monuments,
  • Youth work, especially the cultural and natural history education of young people with the aim of encouraging them to research their local history, to preserve and care for their monuments, the Ore Mountains customs, folk art and to work in the field of nature and environmental protection
  • Promotion of international attitudes, tolerance in all areas of culture and the idea of ​​international understanding.


In addition to the Eichendorff plaque awarded to the Erzgebirgsverein in 1984 , the following branch associations also received this award:

  • 2003 Freiberg branch
  • 2013 Branch Association Hormersdorf

Good luck for! - Journal of the Erzgebirgsverein

Good luck for! - Journal of the Erzgebirgsverein from May 1906.
Glückauf magazine from 1937

Glückauf !, the magazine of the Erzgebirge is the club magazine of the Erzgebirgsverein in 2011 in its 122nd year. The first edition appeared on January 15, 1881, at that time with a volume of 12 pages and a type area of ​​12 × 19 centimeters. The suggestion for the name Glückauf! - The Erzgebirge magazine was owned by the association's co-founder and later chairman Hermann Möckel, a senior seminar teacher from Schwarzenberg. Four months earlier, on September 26, 1880, it was decided to publish a club booklet at the general meeting of the Erzgebirgsverein in Eibenstock, despite reservations. The Schneeberger Realschuldirektor Paul Neeße was the 1st editor. Until he was transferred to Frankenberg in 1884, he was in charge of the publication, then was replaced by the chairman of the association, Ernst Köhler and Möckel, who was solely responsible from 1892. In 1910, after Möckel's resignation, Paul Kabisch from Leipzig took over the publication of the Glückauf! After his death in 1927 until he was temporarily suspended in 1943, he was the head of studies, Walter Fröbe , Schwarzenberg.

The club's magazine survived the period of the First World War and the economic crisis almost unscathed. The annual volume of over 200 pages had to be reduced significantly: in 1918 to 96, in 1919 only 86 and in 1923 even 42 pages. In 1924 Hugo Hartmann, the co-owner of the printing company CM Gärtner, Schwarzenberg / Sa. a. Printing and paper have been improved and the content has been expanded significantly. The edition could be increased to 33,000 copies.

The club magazine Glückauf is still published annually in ten issues (approx. 25 pages per issue). Only twelve years during and after the Second World War until the re-establishment in western Germany in 1955, no Glückauf appeared , then only since 1991 again in the Ore Mountains, in Schneeberg.

See also

Web links

Commons : Erzgebirgsverein  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  • The beautiful Ore Mountains in summer and winter ; 138 pages. Schneeberg, 1929; Print CM Gärtner, Schwarzenberg.
  • Gerhard Schlegel, Erich Reuther, Dieter Schräber: 125 years of the Erzgebirgsverein - a commemorative publication . Schneeberg, 2003 ISBN 3-931770-41-9 .

Individual evidence

  1. a b Erzgebirgsverein: About us
  2. Festschrift 125 Years of the Erzgebirgsverein , p. 31
  3. ^ Walter Fröbe: A millennium of Erzgebirge history , Glückauf-Verlag, 1933, pages 191–196
  4. Official press release of the Erzgebirgsverein, November 8, 2009
  5. Festschrift 125 years of the Erzgebirgsverein , p. 111
  6. Calendar for the Erzgebirge, Vogtland u. Saxon Switzerland, 1908, membership on September 1, 1907
  7. Inventory of the Erzgebirgsverein, August 1924, Glückauf !, September 1924
  8. Inventory of the Erzgebirgsverein, August 15, 1925, Glückauf !, September 1925
  9. Inventory of the Erzgebirgsverein, August 15, 1927, Glückauf !, September 1927
  10. Inventory of the Erzgebirgsverein, August 15, 1929, Glückauf !, September 1928
  11. Inventory of the Erzgebirgsverein, August 15, 1929, Glückauf !, September 1929
  12. Calendar for the Ore Mountains and the rest of Saxony, 1933, membership status September 1, 1932
  13. ^ Joseph von Eichendorff badge , Erzgebirgszweigverein Freiberg
  14. Honor: Eichendorff plaque honors branch association. In: Freie Presse , July 3, 2013.