Hallenser Wingolf

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Basic data
University : Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Founding: July 5, 1844
Place of foundation: Trotha near Halle
Umbrella organization: Wingolfsbund
Members: 110
Colors : black-white-gold
Motto: Δι 'ἕνος πάντα
Di henos panta!
(Greek: through one everything!)
Website: www.hallenser-wingolf.de

The Hallenser Wingolf is a Christian , non-denominational, color-bearing and non-striking student association in Halle an der Saale . The Hallenser Wingolf was founded on July 5, 1844 and since then - with interruptions from 1935 to 2002 - has been one of the largest connections in Halle. In the Robert-Blum-Straße in the Paulusviertel , the Hallenser Wingolf maintains his connection house with dormitory. The Halle Wingolf is a founding member of the Wingolfsbund . The Hallenser Wingolf has been a suburb of the Wingolfsbund since 2017.


Chronicle of the first years (1837–1848)

The Wingolf House in Halle (2009)

In keeping with the romantic and historicizing zeitgeist, Christian-motivated student associations were established at several universities in the 1830s. From a moral point of view, they felt themselves to be the guardians of primeval ideals, but avoided any political activity. The wet and happy hustle and bustle of the Corps, including the duels that are common there, was also rejected. For many of these associations, Christianity was the only binding basis for all members.

As early as 1837, a pietistically oriented friendship group of Halle theology students was founded (a so-called edifying wreath, biblical wreath, mockingly called virtue wreath), which was initially deliberately not intended as a new student association with corporate elements. As early as 1839, after the admission of former Jena liaison students, corporate tendencies began to exert influence in addition to the previously dominant Christian attitude, so that on June 20, 1841, an association was founded in the Preißischer Kaffeegarten, the later Trothaer Kaffeegarten, by 16 members of the A wreath of edification came. That club was later referred to as the “old age” club . Christianity was the sole basis. The association enjoyed the dedicated support of Friedrich August Tholuck , the famous, awakening professor of theology at the University of Halle (appointed honorary philistine of the Halle Wingolf in 1848 ).

Historical illustration of the Wingolfhaus zu Halle (approx. 1895)

In the following years this association split up into a strictly Christian-awakening part, as well as a part supported by more corporate-oriented students. Two clubs developed, both of which felt they were legitimate successors of the "old" club. The so-called plow later became the fraternity of plowers, the other group developed into a wingolf association .

In 1844, the Schleiz Council of Christian Associations took place in Schleiz with representatives from Halle and the Wingolfite connections from Erlangen and Berlin. Halle was represented with four representatives each from the conservative Christian and the freer, corporate direction. The council is the founding date of the Wingolfsbund . Representatives of the Bonner Wingolf did not come to the "Council", but accepted the result, therefore the Bonner Wingolf is one of the founding members of the Wingolf Association as well as the Berlin Wingolf , the Erlanger Wingolf and the Halle Wingolf.

On July 5, 1844, a (“new”) association was founded, again in Trotha, Preissischer Kaffeegarten, by former management members and newly acquired students with an emphatically Christian faith. This date is still the foundation day for Wingolf in Halle . In December of the same year the name Wingolf was adopted.

On May 5, 1848, the decision to create the colors black-white-gold based on the example of the Bonner Wingolfs connection was made and thus the final transition from a casual club to a student connection was made. Also in 1848 the Wingolf from Halle chose "Panta di 'Henos" (soon changed to "Di' Henos Panta" ) as a motto. This was later adopted by the entire Wingolfsbund.

Flowering period and preliminary end (1848–1935)

Wingolf quickly developed into one of the corporations in Halle with the largest number of members. Also in comparison with other German Wingolfs connections he always played a decisive role. Although Wingolf has been a non-denominational association since its foundation, its members in Halle, as members of the Protestant United Friedrichs University of Halle-Wittenberg, belonged almost exclusively to the Protestant Church. The majority of its members were theologians. In the Hallenser Wingolf, the corporate principle was observed in addition to the Christian principle. Kneipen and Kommerse were celebrated just like in the other compounds on the basis of a Kneip comment . Whereby these celebrations were preceded by the solemn celebration in Wingolfite tradition .

Garden view of the Wingolf house in Halle

Starting with the first "Bundesfest des Wingolf" ( Wartburg Festival of Wingolf ) in 1850, the Hallenser Wingolf led the suburbs in the Wingolfsbund for ten years. In the following years, especially in the time of the dispute of principle, the Hallenser Wingolf was heavily involved in the discussion among the Wingolf associations.

After the Hallenser Wingolf had held his pubs and discussion events in various Halle restaurants for many years, a house of his own at Hohenzollernstrasse 35 (now Robert-Blum-Strasse) was inaugurated on July 25, 1893. It is the second oldest corporation house in Halle that was genuinely built for the purposes of a student union . At the turn of the century, the Hallenser Wingolf reached its heyday in terms of number of members. An activitas consisting of several dozen boys and around 40 foxes was not uncommon from the 1890s to the First World War .

Even if the majority of Halle's Wingolfites were not convinced supporters of National Socialism , after 1933 strong ideological differences arose in this connection too. Most of the activists felt drawn to the opposition Confessing Church (BK) over the next few months and years , but the Nazi-loyal German Christians (DC) also found supporters. Similar to the other Halle corporation houses, the Wingolf community was set up on Hohenzollernstrasse. From June 1, 1934 to November 13, 1934, a total of twelve lower-semester students were accommodated here in communal quarters in order to be able to train them ideologically and in military sports through the NS student union and the SA .

In the course of 1935, the members of the Hallenser Wingolf had to realize that their connection in National Socialist Germany had no future. In order to avoid further hostility and humiliation, which would ultimately have resulted in a state ban, Aktivitas decided to dissolve it in a final solemn comms on November 3, 1935. Further work as the Christian Wingolf Working Group, as recommended to all members by the Wingolfsbund in October 1935, was given up in Halle after a few months, despite the committed commitment of some local philistines. The house in Hohenzollernstrasse was sold two years later to the neighboring Paulus parish in order to protect it from access by the NSD labor front. The purchase price of 5,000 RM was returned to the community as a collection.

Re-establishment and development after 1945

On the initiative of the Halle Philistines, who were also members of the Cologne Wingolf, which was founded in June 1951, the Cologne Brotherhood took over the sponsorship of the Halle Federal Brothers from 1952. In the years that followed, numerous Cologne Philistines also wore the Halle band.

After reunification, the old corporation house on Robert-Blum-Strasse was transferred back in 2000. On May 5, 2002, the Hallenser Wingolf was re-founded with four active members - two students each from Göttingen and Halle. After a thorough renovation, the old corporation house was inaugurated on April 24, 2004 and today it is again the center of the active life of the association.

At the 2005 Wartburg Festival, the Hallenser Wingolf was again accepted as a full member of the Wingolfsbund.

Since the summer semester 2007 he has continued the tradition of the Königsberg Wingolf, which was postponed in 1935.

At the Wartburg Festival 2017, the Hallenser Wingolf was chosen as the new suburb of the Wingolfsbund.



The color of the Hallenser Wingolf consists of the black-white-gold (Fux: black-gold) band with a silver percussion (frame), a semi-rigid flat cap with a white head, the pointed collar and the federal pin of the Wingolfsbund. Only the Erfurt Wingolf Georgia, the Erlanger and Halle Wingolf wear the federal pin in silver, all other Wingolf connections wear gold federal pins.

Kneipsaal of the Hallenser Wingolf

The Vollwichs also consists of a black pekesche with black cords, a beret, which is worn instead of the head, the sash in the connecting colors, black gauntlets and the symbolic bat. This is a blunt (not sharpened) weapon-like object that is used to strike a bar. For this purpose, the club is hit once on the pub board.


At the university site, the Halle Wingolf maintains respectful to friendly relationships with the other local corporations in Halle ; inter-corporate institutes are visited. The Halle-Leoben fraternity Germania (DB) remains exempt from these good relationships.

In the Wingolfsbund circle he maintains closer ties to some of the 35 active Wingolf connections that go beyond the normal level of fraternal friendship. These include the Erlanger Wingolf , the Wingolf connections in the new federal states in general and the Erfurt Wingolf Georgia in particular. The close proximity to the Leipziger Wingolf has always represented a special proximity and challenge .

Semester program

The semester program of the Hallenser Wingolf contains some special institutes (student events).

Reformation Day pub

Since 2002 the Hallenser Wingolf has organized a trip to Wittenberg every year on the occasion of the Reformation Day on October 31st . There a service is attended, the departure of the Academic Senate of the Martin Luther University is attended and finally a pub is opened in a local pub. With this event, the Hallenser Wingolf points to the origins of the Martin Luther University, which are in Wittenberg. The Halle Wingolf invites other Wingolf associations to this institute. In recent years the Leipziger Wingolf , the Göttingen Wingolf and the Berlin Wingolf have participated . On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, the Hallenser Wingolf celebrated the Reformation Day pub together with the Kreuzkneipe of the East German Wingolf Association (see below).

Salamander pub at the end of the semester

The Hallenser Wingolf has been celebrating the closing bar of the semester since 2006 as a salamander bar . This is done in recognition of the hidden (or public) liaison system in the former GDR . The GDR banned student corporations for many years , so that the East German Wingolfs connections could not be re-established after the Second World War . The Hallenser Wingolf also reminds of the numerous aids and contacts between the federal brothers (members of the Wingolfs connections) in East and West during the time of division. The ritual is based on the use in the Rudelsburg Alliance .

Cross bar of the East German Wingolfs connections

In the winter semester of each year, the six active East German Wingolf associations (Erfurt, Jena, Leipzig , Rostock , Berlin , Halle) meet for a weekend. The festival is organized by one of the relevant connections. A Kreuzkneipe is a pub that is chaired by the seniors (see spokesperson) of the associations involved. The Hallenser Wingolf hosted the "Ostkreuzkneipe" last in 2017.

Known members (selection)

  • Friedrich Ahlfeld (1810–1884), Lutheran theologian and popular popular preacher and author
  • Albrecht Alt (1883–1956), Protestant theologian (honorary member)
  • Ernst Barnstein (1891–1975) Protestant pastor, leading member of the Confessing Church, opponent of the Nazi regime
  • Karl Bornhäuser (1868–1947), Protestant theologian
  • Friedrich Büchsel (1883–1945), Protestant theologian, professor for the New Testament
  • August von Gall (1872–1946), Protestant theologian and orientalist
  • Friedrich Giesebrecht (1852–1910), Protestant theologian, professor for the Old Testament
  • Karl Grein (1881–1957), Protestant theologian, member of the Confessing Church
  • Erich Haupt (1841–1910), Protestant theologian, professor for the New Testament
  • Albert Heintze (1831–1906), philologist
  • Albert Helbing (1837–1914), Protestant theologian
  • Hermann Albert Hesse (1877–1957), Reformed theologian and pastor
  • Adolf Hofmeister (1883–1956), historian and professor in Greifswald
  • Oliver Holtemöller (* 1971), economist
  • Gerhard Jacobi (1891–1971), Lutheran theologian, leading member of the Confessing Church, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg
  • Eduard Juhl (1884–1975), Lutheran theologian, city missionary in Hamburg and Halle, federal warden of the West German Young Men Association in Wuppertal-Barmen, provost in Leck / Südtondern, spiritual writer
  • Ferdinand Kattenbusch (1851–1935), Protestant theologian, professor for systematic theology
  • Martin Kähler (1835–1912), Protestant theologian, professor for systemic theology and the New Testament
  • Walter Kähler (1877–1955), Protestant theologian, general superintendent for the western district of the ecclesiastical province of Pomerania
  • Alfred Kaufmann (1868–1946), Protestant theologian, namesake of the Kaufmann-Will circle
  • Emil Kautzsch (1841–1910), Protestant theologian, expert on the Hebrew language and Bible critic
  • Heinrich Kolfhaus (1879–1956), Protestant theologian, member of the Confessing Church in the Rhine region
  • Friedrich Langewiesche (1867–1958), educator
  • Ernst Lohmann (1860–1936), Protestant clergyman and founder of the German Aid Association for Christian Love in the Orient and of the Malche Mission House
  • Karl Lohmann (1878–1945), Protestant theologian, general superintendent of the ecclesiastical province of Saxony
  • Ernst Lotz (1887–1948), educator and politician (CDU)
  • Wilhelm Lütgert (1867–1938), Protestant theologian, professor for New Testament and Systematic Theology
  • Johannes Meinhof (1859–1947), Protestant pastor and superintendent in Halle
  • Julius Müller (1801–1878), Protestant theologian (honorary member)
  • Ottmar Palmer (1873–1964), Lutheran pastor and councilor
  • Adolf Pompe (1831–1889), Lutheran theologian, poet, author of the Pomeranian song
  • Wilhelm Quistorp (1824–1887), Lutheran theologian, champion of the Inner Mission in Pomerania
  • Albrecht Ritschl (1822–1889), Protestant theologian, professor for systematic theology and church and dogma history
  • Hellmut Ritter (1892–1971), orientalist
  • Karl Bernhard Ritter (1890–1968), Protestant theologian, founder of the Berneuchen movement
  • Erich Schaeder (1861–1936), Lutheran theologian and professor for systematic theology
  • Hermann Schaff (1883–1959), Protestant theologian, government director in Kassel
  • Julius Schniewind (1883–1948), Lutheran theologian, professor for New Testament (honorary member)
  • August Schreiber (1839–1903), Protestant pastor and missionary
  • Helmuth Schreiner (1893–1962), Lutheran theologian, professor for practical theology
  • Carl Gunther Schweitzer (1889–1965), Protestant theologian, co-founder of the Pastors' Emergency Association
  • Ernst Stoltenhoff (1879–1953), Protestant theologian, general superintendent of the old Prussian provincial church of the Rhine Province
  • Hermann Strathmann (1882–1966), Protestant theologian, professor for the New Testament
  • Paul Tillich (1886–1965), Protestant theologian, professor for the philosophy of religion and systematic theology
  • Ernst Vits (1868–1939), Protestant theologian, court and cathedral preacher in Berlin
  • Eduard Völkel (1878–1957), Lutheran theologian, bishop of the Schleswig district
  • Gustav Warneck (1834–1910), Protestant theologian, founder of missiology
  • Johannes Warns (1874–1937), Protestant theologian, director of the Wiedenest Bible School
  • Hans Emil Weber (1882–1950), Protestant theologian, Prof. for Systematic Theology and New Testament (honorary member)
  • Georg Wehrung (1880–1959), Protestant theologian, professor for systematic theology
  • Hermann Werdermann (1888–1954), Protestant theologian, professor for practical theology and religious education
  • Ernst Wilm (1901–1989), Protestant pastor, member of the Confessing Church, President of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia
  • Adolf Wuttke (1819–1870), Lutheran theologian, professor for systematic theology and politician (honorary member)
  • Otto Zänker (1876–1960), Lutheran theologian, bishop of the ecclesiastical province of Silesia
  • Wilhelm Zoellner (1860–1837), Lutheran theologian, general superintendent of the old Prussian church province of Westphalia
  • Gustav Zwernemann (1872–1958), reformed theologian, superintendent of the Evangelical Churches HB in Austria


Writings of the Hallenser Wingolf

  • Statutes of the Hallenser Wingolf , Convent des Hallenser Wingolf (Ed.), Halle (Saale) 2002 (revision 2011)
  • Comment des Hallenser Wingolf , Convent des Hallenser Wingolf (Ed.), Halle (Saale) 2002
  • Hallenser Pforte - liaison journal of the Hallenser Wingolf , Hallenser Wingolf (Ed.), Halle (Saale) 1. – 9. Edition 2007–2013
  • The Serious Celebration - A Little Guide to Preparation by Philipp Greifenstein, Hallenser Wingolf (Ed.), Halle (Saale) 2010

Writings from the Wingolfsbund

  • History of Wingolfs 1830-1994 , Verband Alter Wingolfiten (Ed.), Detmold 1998
  • From Wingolf - Part Two. Blossom harvest, containing poems, speeches and essays (ed. W. Sarges), Halle (Saale) 1891, 2nd edition Mühlhausen / Thuringia 1901
  • Wingolfsblätter - magazine of the Wingolfsbund, Verband Alter Wingolfiten (ed.), Therein:
    • 123rd volume issue 1/2004
    • 123rd year, issue 4/2004, in it pp. 265–274, “A“ Plant Garden ”for the world - August Hermann Francke and the universal program of Halle Pietism” by Chr. Peters
  • Hans Waitz: History of Wingolfs connections , in it Ms. Büchsel “History of the Hallenser Wingolf”, publishing house of the Association of old Wingolfites, Darmstadt 1914

Individual evidence

  1. ^ EH Eberhard: Handbook of the student liaison system. Leipzig, 1924/25, p. 59.

Web links

Commons : Hallenser Wingolf  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 51 ° 29 ′ 42.5 ″  N , 11 ° 58 ′ 8.5 ″  E