University policy working group of student associations

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The university political Working Group of student associations (Hopoag) was established in 1932 and 1933 dissolved the students 'union , in opposition to the National Socialist German Students' League was (NSDStB).


After the First World War , the German Student Union (DSt) was founded to represent the interests of local student bodies across Germany.

In 1926 the National Socialist German Student Union (NSDStB) was founded as a university group of the NSDAP . In the beginning, the student associations cooperated with the NSDStB in many cases. The main points of contact here were revanchism after the supposedly wrongly lost war, as well as, in some cases, the rampant anti-Semitism . In the beginning, these were able to cover up the weighty differences ( Führer principleConvention principle ).

On the Student Day in 1931, the NSDStB took over the leadership of the DSt. Shortly afterwards , an open dispute broke out between the NSDStB and the German Burschenschaft (DB), the largest corporation association at the time. The DB decided that their relatives would withdraw by self-exclusion if they accepted instructions from people outside the DB. This is how the DB reacted to the growing influence of National Socialist students within the corporation associations. At the Burschentag in 1932, a letter from the NSDStB to NSDAP members who took part in the Burschentag became known. They were instructed to make and support certain applications. The Burschentag then unanimously protested against the "presumption of authority over fraternity members".


In order to curb the influence of the NSDStB, under the leadership of the DB, the "University Political Working Group of Student Associations" (Hopoag) was formed in September 1932, which also includes the student umbrella associations Deutsche Landsmannschaft , Cartellverband der Catholic German Student Associations (CV) and Cartel Association of Catholic German Student Associations ( KV) as well as the political university groups German National Student Union and Stahlhelm-Studentenring Langemarck belonged to. Other corporation associations , such as the German Choir (DS), also joined.

The Hopoag saw itself as a " nationalist opposition" to the NSDStB's claim to leadership. It was less about ideological contradictions than about power in the DSt. One of the initiators of the founding of Hopoag was Fritz Hilgenstock , chairman of the DB's university policy committee. He regretted the conflict with the NSDStB because "it would ultimately be ... a fratricidal struggle" and emphasized the "approval of the basic ideas of National Socialism ". The NSDStB worked “to the detriment of the National Socialist movement”.

The student council -Wahlen of the winter semester 1932/33 brought the NSDStB Although sensitive loss of votes, the success of Hopoag however, came too late. After the " seizure of power " by the National Socialists, the Hopoag office was occupied by the SA in a flash in April 1933 and the Hopoag was forced to dissolve itself.

See also


  • Anselm Faust: The National Socialist German Student Union, Vol. 2 . Schwann-Verlag, Düsseldorf 1973, ISBN 3-7895-0152-2 .
  • Konrad H. Jarausch : German Students 1800–1970 (New Historical Library). Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt / M. 1984, ISBN 3-518-11258-9 .
  • Karl Heinrich Krüger: University of Rostock - The futile fight for the turning point of 1933 . In: Friedhelm Golücke , Peter Krause, Wolfgang Gottwald, Klaus Gerstein, Harald Lönnecker (Eds.): GDS Archive for University and Student History, Vol. 7 . SH-Verlag, Cologne 2004, ISBN 3-89498-151-2 , pp. 54-70. This essay as a pdf
  • Harald Lönnecker : role model for the coming Reich. The German Student Union (DSt) 1918–1933 . In: Friedhelm Golücke, Peter Krause , Wolfgang Gottwald, Klaus Gerstein, Konrad Lönnecker (Eds.): GDS Archive for University and Student History, Vol. 7 . SH-Verlag, Cologne 2004, ISBN 3-89498-151-2 , pp. 37-53. This essay as a pdf

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Konrad H. Jarausch : German Students 1800–1970 , Frankfurt a. M. 1984, p. 157 ff.
  2. ^ Hans-Georg Balder: Frankonia-Bonn 1845-1995. The story of a German fraternity . WJK-Verlag, Hilden 2006, ISBN 3-933-892-26-0 , p. 599.
  3. Harald Lönnecker, "Role Model ... for the Coming Reich". The German Student Union (DSt) 1918–1933, Koblenz 2005, p. 13.
  4. ^ Michael Grüttner : Students in the Third Reich. Munich 1995, p. 37; Hanspeter Bleuel, Ernst Klinnert: German students on their way to the Third Reich. Ideologies - Programs - Actions 1918-1935. Gütersloh 1967, p. 225f.
  5. Anselm Faust: The National Socialist German Student Union , Vol. 2, Düsseldorf 1973, ISBN 3-7895-0152-2 , p. 124.

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