Georg von Vollmar Academy

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Georg von Vollmar Academy eV
type of school Academy for political adult education
founding 1948

Aspenstein Castle, Am Aspensteinbichl 9-11

place Kochel am See
country Bavaria
Country Germany
Coordinates 47 ° 39 '24 "  N , 11 ° 21' 33"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 39 '24 "  N , 11 ° 21' 33"  E
student approx. 4000 participants per year
Aspenstein Castle with the Georg von Vollmar Academy guest house in the foreground

The Georg-von-Vollmar-Akademie eV has been a non-profit organization for political education since 1948 with an educational facility at Aspenstein Castle in Kochel am See , active nationwide and committed to the ideas and basic values ​​of social democracy . It was named after the first chairman of the Bavarian SPD , Georg von Vollmar (1850-1922).

The association is SPD -NaH and in Bavaria the counterpart to the CSU ready or almost ready Hanns Seidel Foundation . In addition to the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, he cooperates with many associations, clubs and initiatives that are committed to basic social values.

The educational facility consists of the 300-year-old castle and two guest houses. 23 single and 18 double rooms are available for conference guests. The seminars and conferences take place in five seminar rooms and two workgroup rooms.

Seminars and departments

The rose terrace of Aspenstein Castle with a view of the Kochelsee

The seminars cover a wide range of political topics and are open to anyone interested.

The Academy's departments are as follows:

Work - economy - social issues, education - culture - media , engagement in old age, women / gender politics , history and politics , society and basic values, international cooperation, local politics , political action, environmental and alpine politics


The educational facility is located about 65 kilometers south of Munich in the Oberland at Aspenstein Castle on a hill in Kochel am See ( Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district ) at the foot of the Bavarian Alps and the Bavarian Prealps . Here, framed by a very beautiful mountain panorama ( Herzogstand , Heimgarten and Jochberg ), you can enjoy an exclusive view of the Kochelsee from the rose terrace of the castle. Oskar Maria Graf once called the Vollmar School “the jewel in the mirror of the Alpine lake”.


Guest house
  • Prehistory: Before secularization, Aspenstein Castle belonged to Benediktbeuern Monastery and was inhabited by Reich Youth Leader Baldur von Schirach (1936–1945) during the National Socialist era . After the Second World War , it served first as the headquarters of the 10th US Armored Division (1945–1946) and then as a refugee camp for displaced persons (1946–1948).
  • 1948–1950 the "Georg von Vollmar School" was built by Waldemar von Knoeringen (former chairman of the Bavarian SPD, MdL ) and Wilhelm Hoegner (SPD, "father" of the constitution of the Free State of Bavaria , former Bavarian Prime Minister , MdB ) founded. As a result of their persecution during National Socialism, both politicians were convinced that a social democracy needs political education so that the basic values ​​of a social democracy and human rights are supported and represented by the people. In the beginning, the accommodations and comfort were very simple and the participants brought their own coal for heating to the seminar.
  • On January 30, 1948, the Bavarian SPD decided to lease Aspenstein Castle for five years from asset management for 400 Reichsmark monthly rent.
  • On July 25, 1948, the first course of the Vollmar School took place in Kochel am See. In addition to Waldemar von Knoeringen, the later SPD chairman Hans-Jochen Vogel was a course leader at the Vollmar Academy from an early age. The establishment and renovation of the building was done in-house with the participation of many committed social democrats who wanted to build a vibrant democracy through political education and training after National Socialism .
  • On June 4th and 5th, 1949, the SPD state party conference in Rosenheim decided to introduce an educational fund brand for schools, the so-called "Kochel-Zehnerl", in order to advance the development of the educational institution more quickly.
  • On January 1, 1950, the Kochel letter appeared for the first time with an edition of 3,000 copies (editor: Heinz Göhler).
  • On July 3, 1950, the founding meeting of the Georg-von-Vollmar-Schule eV took place. Waldemar von Knoeringen became 1st Chairman (1950–1971).
  • On August 17, 1951, Aspenstein Castle and land were acquired, as this was offset against the claims of the SPD from expropriations by the Nazis in 1933.
  • The “Vollmar School” has been cooperating with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation since 1968 . It was renamed the "Georg von Vollmar Academy".
  • On July 2, 1971, the first chairman, Waldemar von Knoeringen, died.
  • On September 2, 1971 Volkmar Gabert was elected chairman of the academy (chairman of the SPD parliamentary group 1962–1976, state chairman of the Bavarian SPD 1963–1972).
  • In 1981 the “Waldemar von Knoeringen Prize” was founded and has since been awarded every two years to outstanding personalities.
  • On September 9, 1989, Volkmar Gabert was elected honorary chairman of the academy and Helmut Rothemund chairman (chairman of the parliamentary group 1976–1986, state chairman of the Bavarian SPD 1977–1985).
  • On January 23, 1998, Hedda Jungfer was elected chairman of the Vollmar Academy (SPD-MdL 1972-1994 and deputy parliamentary group leader of the Bavarian SPD in the state parliament 1986-1992).
  • On July 6, 2000, the “Friends of the Georg von Vollmar Academy eV” was founded. Dorle Baumann (SPD-MdL 1990-2003) became chairwoman .
  • On February 7, 2002, Ulrike Mascher was elected chairwoman of the academy (Member of the Bundestag 1990–2002, Parliamentary State Secretary 1998–2002, Deputy SPD State Chairperson in Bavaria 1995–2007, President of the Social Association VdK Germany 2008–2018).
  • Carmen König-Rothemund has been chairwoman of the academy since October 20, 2010 ; their deputies are Florian Pronold and Horst Schmidt.

Waldemar von Knoeringen Prize

Alley in the park of the Georg von Vollmar Academy

In 1981 the Academy donated the “Waldemar von Knoeringen Prize” for services in the fields of politics , science , journalism and art , which are in the tradition of the labor movement and the goals of democratic socialism . The prize is awarded every two years, broadcast live by Bayerischer Rundfunk and is endowed with 2,500 euros.

Award winners

Exhibition: From subject to citizen

From subject to citizen : the Bavarian labor movement since 1848

With this exhibition, the academy documents that the history of the labor movement is also the history of the development of democracy in Bavaria and Germany. The exhibition makes it clear that the labor movement has decisively shaped our society. While the workers were only subjects without rights in 1848, today they are citizens with equal rights. Many rights that are taken for granted today should have been fought for with great effort and perseverance.

The Academy has been successfully showing this exhibition for almost 40 years (first in 1978 in Munich) - revised in 1998 - in Bavaria. The exhibition with the 60 display boards and additional exhibits is also suitable for school classes for history or social studies lessons .

Park of the Georg von Vollmar Academy

Memberships and cooperations

In Bavaria, the Academy cooperates in the Political Education Network with the Akademie Frankenwarte Würzburg , the Bavarian Seminar for Politics and the Franken-Akademie Schloss Schney .

The academy cooperates with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation nationwide .

The academy is a member of the working group of German educational institutions , the network political education and the MedienCampus Bayern eV

Web links

Commons : Georg-von-Vollmar-Akademie  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The history of the academy
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  10. Johannes Rau: Waldemar von Knoeringen Prize 1991 . Georg von Vollmar Academy, 1991 ( limited preview in Google book search).
  18. Syria engagement: Award for Christian Springer ( Memento from April 8, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
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