Youth center Düsseldorf

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The Jugendhaus Düsseldorf (JHD) is an institution of the Catholic Church in Düsseldorf , which houses various workplaces and associations for church youth work . The building in use today was built between 1952 and 1954 and is a listed building.

Origin and history up to the Second World War

In 1907, Carl Mosterts , up to then chaplain in the Düsseldorf parish of St. Maximilian , was elected by the general assembly of the Catholic Young Men’s Association in Mainz as the first full-time general secretary of the Catholic Young Men’s Association (KJMV) founded in 1896 . On February 2, 1908, a first office was inaugurated as the association headquarters in two rooms of the parish of St. Lambertus at Stiftsplatz 10a in Düsseldorf. The association headquarters moved to the Achenbachhaus at Schadowstrasse 54 in 1916. After the number of employees had risen from 14 to 56, a plot of land with a villa, the " Mulvany -Haus" at Derendorfer Strasse 1, was acquired in 1921. Moved in 1923. On February 2, 1924, the association headquarters was inaugurated there under the name "Jugendhaus Düsseldorf".

The youth center, whose publishing house of the same name published various magazines and song books, was occupied by the Gestapo on July 1, 1933 for six days and in November 1935 for three weeks. Mosterts' successor Ludwig Wolker and 57 employees of the youth center were temporarily arrested for alleged cooperation with the communists. General President Wolker was released on May 12, 1936, the youth center in Düsseldorf was then fully open again, but has been under constant surveillance ever since.

On February 6, 1939, the Gestapo finally closed the house and confiscated it.

“140 Gestapo officers occupied the youth center. (...) We were told that we had been dismissed without notice. General Praeses wanted to address a farewell word to his employees, he was refused. "

At the same time all Catholic youth organizations were dissolved.

The building was bombed in 1944. The main office for youth pastoral care continued to work under the direction of Ludwig Wolker in Haus Altenberg .

Verlag Jugendhaus Düsseldorf

Published by the publishing house affiliated with the youth center, inspired by Ludwig Wolker, magazines and song books for Catholic youth work : 1928 Das Singeschiff (later called The Yellow Singeschiff ), 1934 as a sequel to Das Singeschiff. Songs of Catholic youth 2nd part: The gray Singeschiff , and 1938 hymn . A selection of sacred songs for the youth.

With the closure of the youth center, the publisher's publications were also confiscated. As a precaution, further editions could then appear in the Christophorus-Verlag in Freiburg, which was founded as a subsidiary of the Catholic Herder-Verlag in 1935 . After its closure, leading forces at the youth center went to Christophorus Verlag as freelancers, according to Georg Thurmair and Adolf Lohmann .

In 1946 Ludwig Wolker founded the "Verlag Haus Altenberg", which has been publishing publications for young people in the legal form of a GmbH (since 1947) to this day. The publishing house was initially based in Altenberg, and since 1954 has been located in the youth center in Düsseldorf.

Magazines published by Jugendhaus Düsseldorf

  • The youth club. Guide and correspondence sheet for board members and employees in Catholic youth associations. 1 (1909/1910) - 18 (1927). Continuation 19 (1928) - 20 (1929) as a youth tour. Worksheet for young leaders , until 1937 as young leaders. Guide magazine and official bulletin of the Bund der Deutschen Katholischen Jugend , 21 (1930) - 28 (1937) in Jugendführungsverlag, publisher: Association of Catholic youth and young men’s associations in Germany.
  • Youth leadership. Journal of youth education and youth care. Ed .: General Secretariat of the Catholic Youth Associations in Germany, Editor: General Praeses Carl Mosterts. 1 (1914 )-20 (1933).
  • Young front. Weekly magazine for young Germans. (Jugendführungverlag, 1935, editor: Johannes Maaßen ; previously from July 17, 1932: Junge Front. Weekly newspaper ins Deutsche Jungvolk , Verlag Junge Front, editor: Georg Wagner and Franz Steber); from July 7th under the title Michael. Weekly for young Germans , banned on January 11, 1936.
  • Jungwacht. Journal for the youth departments of Catholic youth associations. 1 (1919/20) - 16 (1934), editors: Secretary General J. Mosmann, Heinrich Horstmann SJ (1934).
  • Storm troop. Circular letter of the storm group of the Catholic Young Men Association of Germany. (New series of: Catholic Association of Young Men. Circular Letter from Wanderers. ) 1930 - November 1937; from 1938 under the title St. Michaelsbrief of the St. Michael Community in the Catholic Young Men Association. Responsible: Franz Steber.
  • Watch . Monthly journal for young Catholic men. Organ of Catholic youth associations. From October 1906, initially for single West German dioceses in the publishing of the West German Workers' Newspaper in Munich-Gladbach, from 1 October 1914 publication and publishing the General Secretariat of the Central Association in Dusseldorf, from 19 (1923-24) Subtitles journal of Catholic youth and young men clubs in Germany . Last issue: October 1938.

The listed building today

After the Second World War, a “Episcopal Headquarters for Catholic Youth Pastoral Care and Youth Organization” was founded, initially in Haus Altenberg ; Ludwig Wolker became the “leader / young man”, Hermann Klens “leader / young woman” . The Catholic youth collected donations for the rebuilding of their house in Düsseldorf. The listed building today at the old location in Derendorfer Strasse in the Pempelfort district of Düsseldorf was built from 1952 to 1954 according to designs by Bernhard Pfau and inaugurated on February 2, 1954 by Cardinal Joseph Frings . Today it has the address Carl-Mosterts-Platz 1.

The youth center has been run as a service center for church youth work since 1965. It will be used in 2011 by the Office for Youth Pastoral Care of the German Bishops' Conference, the Federation of German Catholic Youth , the DJK-Sportverband  eV, Aktion West-Ost  eV, the Federal Association for Catholic Youth Travel (BAG), the Haus Altenberg GmbH publishing house and JHDVersicherungen .

Description and significance in art history

The corner building has a five-story main facade that is completely glazed. In the west there is a single-storey wing to which a chapel adjoins.

The building is considered significant in terms of urban history.

“With its originality in the interior, it is an important testimony to the administrative buildings by Bernhard Pfau. The object is important for the city's history as the headquarters of the 'German Catholic Youth'. "

- Jörg AE Heimeshoff : Listed houses in Düsseldorf, with garden and ground monuments. Nobel, Essen 2001, pp. 65f.


  • Jörg AE Heimeshoff: Listed houses in Düsseldorf, with garden and ground monuments. Nobel, Essen 2001, pp. 65f.
  • Karl Wuchterl (Ed.): A future for the past. 75 years Jugendhaus Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf 1984.

Web links

Commons : Jugendhaus (Düsseldorf-Pempelfort)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Karl Wuchterl (ed.): The past a future. 75 years Jugendhaus Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf 1984, p. 83.
  2. Barbara Schellenberger: Catholic Youth and Third Reich. A history of the Catholic Young Men’s Association 1933–1939 with special consideration of the Rhine Province. Matthias Grünewald Verlag Mainz 1975, p. 82; Wilhelm Schepping: The song as Corpus Delicti in the Nazi era. In: Julius Alf (Hrsg.): Contributions to the Rheinische Musikgeschichte. Volume 118, Cologne 1977, pp. 109-132, here p. 127; Berthold L. Flöper: Contact point for church, politics and society. In: Karl Wuchterl (Ed.): A future for the past. 75 years Jugendhaus Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf 1984, pp. 36-39, here p. 37f. - The dating partly different.
  3. Address by A. Fehrenbach on November 9, 1951. Quoted from: Barbara Schellenberger: Catholic Youth and Third Reich. Matthias-Grünewald-Verlag Mainz 1975, ISBN 3-7867-0523-2 , p. 173
  4. Thomas Labonté: The collection "Hymn" (1938). Origin, corpus analysis, reception. Francke Verlag, Tübingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-7720-8251-1 , p. 4f.
  5. Thomas Labonté: The collection "Hymn" (1938). Origin, corpus analysis, reception. Francke Verlag, Tübingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-7720-8251-1 , pp. 8-12.
  6. ^ Homepage Verlag Haus Altenberg GmbH Düsseldorf, history
  7. ^ Maria Margarete Linner: Song and singing in the denominational youth movement of the early 20th century. Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-631-59148-2 , pp. 201–205.
  8. ^ Catalog State Library Berlin, accessed on November 23, 2012

Coordinates: 51 ° 14 ′ 16.5 ″  N , 6 ° 47 ′ 19.3 ″  E