Historical Commission for Silesia

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Historical Commission for Silesia
purpose Research into Silesian history
Chair: Joachim Bahlcke
Establishment date: 1921
Seat : Wroclaw
Website: Homepage Historical Commission for Silesia

The Historical Commission for Silesia consists of scientists from various disciplines who are appointed as full or corresponding members. The commission deals with the culture and history of Silesia and Eastern Central Europe . In addition to its own research projects, it also promotes projects and scientific exchange with Czech and Polish scientists. The first chairman is currently the Stuttgart historian Joachim Bahlcke .


The foundation of the Historical Commission for Silesia was supported by the Association for the History of Silesia . It was founded in 1921 in Wroclaw and initially carried mainly by representatives of the Silesian Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Wroclaw and the Wroclaw State Archives. The first chairman was the Mediavist Robert Holtzmann , the second chairman was the Breslau State Archives Director Konrad Wutke . The office was located in the Wrocław State Archives on Tiergartenstrasse (now Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej Street ).

Initially, biographical reference works and the Silesian document book were processed with priority . In autumn 1933, the then chairman Franz Xaver Seppelt had to resign from his office for political reasons. By a board decision of January 15, 1934, he was succeeded by Hermann Aubin , who soon identified himself with the goals and methods of the Nazi regime and did not prevent the state-imposed restrictions on publishing. In addition to printing bans were z. For example, investigations into the Silesian monastery book or the secularization of the monasteries are not desired. During the Second World War , the number of employees was significantly reduced through conscription to the Wehrmacht . At the end of the war in 1945, numerous manuscripts were lost in the Battle of Breslau . The work of the commission came to a standstill in 1945 due to flight and displacement .

The project was resumed from 1950 onwards. After lengthy preparation, a general meeting of members was called in conjunction with the German Historians' Day in Marburg , which took place on September 15, 1951. At the same time, the amendments to the articles of association were discussed and approved. The seat was set in Marburg, where the Johann Gottfried Herder Research Council is located, which among other things was designated as the umbrella organization for the East German historical commissions. Herbert Schlenger became the first chairman, Ludwig Petry became the second chairman .

From the 1960s onwards, members of the commission established relationships with Polish and Czech scientists through personal contacts. After the political change and the Velvet Revolution of 1989/90, joint research projects were started with the corresponding Polish and Czech institutions. The annual conferences as well as the book and internet publications are of particular importance. They make a great contribution to the exchange of the state of research and to mutual understanding.

Publications 1921–1945 (selection)

  • Regesta on Silesian History ( together with the Association for the History of Silesia )
    • 1334–1337 = Codex diplomaticus Silesiae XXIX, ed. by Konrad Wutke, 1922/1923
    • 1338–1342 = Codex diplomaticus Silesiae XXX, ed. by Konrad Wutke, 1925/1930
  • Sources on the history of the Silesian trade up to 1526 ( together with the Association for the History of Silesia ), 1940
  • Silesian Life Pictures, Volumes 1–5
  • Silesian Document Book (Head Leo Santifaller )
  • Silesian Bibliography
  • Individual writings on Silesian history

Until 1935, then discontinued due to "suspicion of reactionary clerical historical research" :

  • Silesian monastery book
  • Studies on the secularization of the monasteries

Since the re-establishment in 1951 (selection)

  • Silesian Bibliography
  • History of Silesia
    • Volume 1: Before prehistoric times up to 1526, Stuttgart 1961
    • Volume 2: The Habsburg era 1526–1740
    • Volume 3: Prussian Silesia 1740–1945, Austrian Silesia 1740–1918 / 45
  • Sources and representations on Silesian history
  • Silesian Life Pictures, from Volume 6
  • Silesian document book

See also


  • Ludwig Petry and Herbert Schlenger : Fifty Years of the Historical Commission for Silesia . In: Yearbook of the Schlesische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Breslau , Volume 17, 1972, pp. 385-416.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Association for the History of Silesia .
  2. ^ Entry culture portal .
  3. Entry on the Johann Gottfried Herder Research Council in the online lexicon on the culture and history of Germans in Eastern Europe.