KDStV Ferdinandea (Prague) Heidelberg

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KDStV Ferdinandea

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Basic data
University location: Heidelberg
University / s: Ruprecht-Karls-University
Founding: March 27, 1886
Place of foundation: Prague
Corporation association : CV since March 3, 1896
Association number: 19th
Abbreviation: Fd!
Color status : colored
Fox colors:
Type of Confederation: Men's association
Religion / Denomination: Roman Catholic
Position to the scale : not striking
Motto: Fides est vita et scientiarum!
Total members: 304 (June 2013)
Website: www.ferdinandea.de

The Catholic German Student Union Ferdinandea-Prag zu Heidelberg is a Catholic , non- striking , color-bearing student union founded in Prague in 1886 . She belongs to the Cartell Association of Catholic German Student Associations (CV).


Ferdinandea's first house at Smetschkagasse 22 in Prague

Founding and joining the CV

The association was founded on March 27, 1886, initially as a "Catholic Association of German Students" at the Karl Ferdinand University in Prague . After a few formal changes, the colored Catholic German Student Union (KDStV) Ferdinandea Prague emerged, named after the emperors Ferdinand II and Ferdinand III . The connection quickly enjoyed great popularity with students, as well as with the Catholic German citizens of the city, which was expressed, among other things, by many honorary memberships of professors and politicians .

In the summer of 1889, the Austrian Catholic student associations Ferdinandea Prague, Austria Vienna and Carolina Graz founded the "Cartel Association of Catholic Student Corporations of Austrian Universities" with the aim of recruiting other Catholic student associations from Austria as members. According to the Catholic press, this was "a step forward in the closed organization of intelligent fighters for faith, law and truth."

Participation in the annual North Bohemian Catholic Days also developed into a tradition, at which “the Catholic fraternity students found acceptance, goodwill and friendly treatment in all circles of the Catholic-minded population”.

When, in 1896, the goal of the Austrian Cartell Association, all Catholic student associations of the k. and k. To unite the monarchy in one umbrella organization was still a long way off and Ferdinandea had more and more contact with members of the German CV , she left the ÖCV and joined the German Cartel Association at the same time.

From the Badeni crisis to the First World War

In the context of the Badeni'schen language regulation, there was strong unrest in Prague in 1897. The angry Czech population felt provoked by the color-wearing of the German corporate students and insulted them in public. In some cases there were also physical riots that could only be kept under control through police and military action. For their part, the students saw wearing colors as their very own right and reacted to a ban on it with protests and strikes. After Badeni resigned and the nationality ordinance was repealed, the situation apparently calmed down and university operations could be resumed.

The first flag was acquired in 1898, but at the same time the Ferdinandea had to contend with serious problems with the next generation. A curiosity here is a meeting between Ferdinandea's senior and consensus and the famous writer Karl May .

It was not until 1903 that the declining number of members could be effectively counteracted again, among other things through the active promotion of Richard Wollek, who had come from Austria Innsbruck . At the same time, they bought their own "Bude" (student apartment) near Prague's Wenceslas Square , where the Ferdinand from then on held their events. After there had been fears in the meantime that one would be forced to terminate the connection due to a lack of members, the numbers at the beginning of the new century had developed so positively that a subsidiary , the KDStV Vandalia Prague, was founded in the winter semester of 1904/05 . The rapidly increasing number of members meant that Vandalia established a subsidiary, today's KaV Saxo-Bavaria Prague, in Vienna just two years after its founding.

As part of the 60th anniversary of the throne of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I , serious riots broke out again in Prague in 1908, which showed that the hostilities between German and Czech students, which had apparently been overcome after the Badeni crisis, were by no means over.

In the endeavor to build a Catholic academic house with living quarters for the German students in Prague, the Prague Cartel Association, consisting of "Ferdinandea", "Vandalia" and "Saxo-Bavaria", was also able to look forward to a donation from Pope Pius X. a "splendid, gold-embroidered cassette with a rosary made of real pearls set in gold and silver" "The Prague Archbishop and Cardinal, Leo Skrbensky , as well as the theology professors Eduard Eichmann , Karl Hilgenreiner and August Naegle proved to be friends again and again and patrons of Ferdinandea and participated in many of their events.

Weimar Republic and Third Reich

The First World War had claimed many victims among the members of Ferdinandea and it was only slowly in the winter semester of 1918/19 that normal conditions were restored. However, this was immediately disrupted again, as the hostilities between Germans and Czechs increased sharply with the breakup of Austria-Hungary and the establishment of Czechoslovakia after the war. The two-part university in particular was a main arena of this conflict, which was reflected, among other things, in the so-called insignia dispute . In order to express its solidarity with the Prague CV connections, the KDStV Aenania Munich took over the sponsorship of Ferdinandea in 1925.

In addition to these political crises, there was severe internal unrest among the Ferdinands between 1924 and 1927. Only at the end of the 1920s did the Catholic fraternity in Prague once again flourish. The Prague Cartel Association, which has now grown to four connections (the KDStV Nordgau-Prag (Stuttgart) zu Koblenz became a member of the CV in 1922 ) celebrated its annual Christmas summer in 1930 , which the “German Press” called “one of the most striking events in Prague German society for years “Was celebrated.

In 1932, with strong financial support from the Reich German CV, a CV house in Prague was acquired for the four Catholic connections (Ferdinandea, Vandalia, Saxo-Bavaria, Nordgau). But as early as 1933 the Sudeten German CV connections began to split off from the CV process in the German Reich, which was subject to conformity, and on April 15, 1934 the Sudeten German Cartel Association of the Colored Catholic German Student Associations (SCV) was officially founded . Ferdinandea saw no point in this organization and therefore declared her exit from the Prague and Sudeten German Cartel Association. In 1936 she finally joined the SCV, but three years later she was forced to dissolve the forced dissolution by the National Socialist regime.

Re-establishment in Bamberg

After 16 Ferdinands lost their lives in World War II and almost all Sudeten Germans were expelled from what was then Czechoslovakia, efforts were made to find the scattered members again and to re-establish contact. Ferdinandea was re-established in Bamberg on May 2, 1950 . The KDStV Fredericia Bamberg provided a number of lads who made activitas possible again. Within the next two years, however, it turned out that the Bavarian state government would not convert the Philosophical-Theological University Bamberg into a full university in the foreseeable future (this actually only happened in 1972), so Ferdinandea had to look for a new home .

Move to Heidelberg

In 1953 he left Bamberg and moved to Heidelberg , where the house at Graimbergweg 4 was acquired in 1958. In 1960, Ferdinandea-Prag zu Heidelberg took over the CV suburb for the first time on the occasion of the 75th Cartel meeting .

In the context of the student movements of the late 1960s, there were also critical voices at Ferdinandea who, among other things, advocated overturning the catholicity principle, but without success. In the following years there were several fierce debates about the future of the connection, it was not until 1980 that everyday life returned.

In 1984 Ferdinandea supported the re-establishment of the KDStV Elbmark Tetschen-Liebwerd zu Duisburg, several old men of Ferdinandea accepted the Elbmark ribbon and became their ribbon philistines . In 1986 the 100th anniversary of the foundation festival was celebrated and a chronicle on the history of Ferdinandea was published on the occasion. In 1991 Ferdinandea took over the CV suburb again, this time together with the KDStV Churpfalz Mannheim .

The 125th anniversary of the foundation festival was celebrated in 2011 .

In 2015 the KDStV Ferdinandea Prag together with the KDStV Churpfalz Mannheim and the KDStV Arminia Heidelberg took over the suburb of the CV again .

On May 12, 2019, Saint John Nepomuk was made the patron saint of the association by the retired Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch .

Coat of arms and compasses


The Ferdinand coat of arms is divided into four areas by a paw cross, which symbolize the four principles of connection:

  • The key of Peter as a symbol for the principle religio (religion): top left
  • The four stars for the four basic courses (theology, law, medicine, above that philosophy) stand for the principle scientia (science): bottom left
  • The three acorns with leaves for the patria (fatherland) principle: top right
  • The rose as a symbol of love and thus in the broadest sense of friendship for amicitia (friendship): bottom right

The Ferdinandea circle consists of the stylized letters “V”, “C” and “F” ( vivat, crescat, floreat - live, grow and prosper ), as well as another “F” for the connection name, “Ferdinandea”. The left of the three small bows in the lower part of the circle has a characteristic kink, the so-called "Prager Eck", which is reminiscent of the sharp curve that the Vltava makes in Prague. The exclamation mark behind the circle testifies that Ferdinandea has an active student body who lives the goals of the connection.

The official abbreviation of Ferdinandea is "Fd!".

Color and motto

The connection bears the colors black-white-orange , with golden percussion , the colors of the fuxen band are orange-white-orange . The colors indicate on the one hand the imperial German colors black-white-red (boy colors ), as well as the flag of the Austrian K and K monarchy , red-white-red (fox colors), on the other hand symbolizes the orange, which equates with the heraldic gold is, but also the bond with the Vatican , whose flag is white and gold.

The motto of the Ferdinandea is: Fides est vita et scientiarum! , which means "Faith is life, also (that) of science!"

Known members

  • Otto Willmann (1839–1920), philosopher, educator and professor at the Karl Ferdinand University in Prague, (honorary member)
  • Felix Porsch (1853–1930), lawyer and politician of the Center Party, (honorary member)
  • Josef Rieber (1862–1934), priest, orientalist, canon lawyer and university professor
  • Anton Schott (1866–1945), writer
  • Josef Gross (1866–1931), Bishop of Leitmeritz
  • Karl Hilgenreiner (1867–1948), Catholic moral theologian, politician and professor, (honorary member)
  • August Naegle (1869–1932), Catholic theologian, professor and rector of the Karl Ferdinand University in Prague, (honorary member)
  • Eduard Eichmann (1870–1946), canon lawyer
  • Richard Wollek (1874–1940), politician
  • Josef Bick (1880–1952), philologist, General Director of the Austrian National Library
  • Hans Karl Zeßner-Spitzenberg (1885–1938), lawyer, professor and Nazi victim
  • Adolf Enge (1885–1952), lawyer and politician
  • Arthur Ehrlich (1889–1945), high school professor and martyr (Mauthausen concentration camp)
  • Hugo Hantsch (1895–1972), Benedictine monk, Roman Catholic pastor, university professor and historian
  • Hans Schütz (1901–1982), Sudeten German politician (DCSV, CSU), member of the Bundestag, (honorary member)
  • Hans Drachsler (1916–1996), member of the Bundestag and the Bavarian state parliament
  • Franz Wilflingseder (1922–1985), historian, worked on the chronicle of the connection with (honorary member)
  • Gerhard Pieschl (* 1934), auxiliary bishop emeritus in the Diocese of Limburg (honorary member)
  • Robert Zollitsch (* 1938), Archbishop of Freiburg and Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, (honorary member)
  • Peter Ferdinand Krause (* 1940), Austrian student historian and administrative officer
  • Paul Kirchhof (* 1943), constitutional and tax lawyer, professor at Heidelberg University, (honorary member)
  • Michael Wollenschläger (1946–2008), labor and social lawyer
  • Michael Sieber (* 1947), politician
  • Ferdinand Kirchhof (* 1950), lawyer, legal scholar and Vice President of the Federal Constitutional Court
  • Willi Steul (* 1951), director of Deutschlandradio
  • Martin Kastler (* 1974), politician (CSU), member of the European Parliament (honorary member)

Friendly relationships with other student associations

The KDStV Ferdinandea-Prag maintains a special friendship relationship with a number of other Catholic student associations in Germany and Austria:

  • The KDStV Vandalia Prague to Munich , founded in 1905 by Ferdinanden, is a subsidiary of Ferdinandea.
  • The KaV Saxo-Bavaria Prag in Vienna, founded in 1907 by Vandalia, is thus Ferdinandea's grandchildren.
  • The KDStV Nordgau-Prag (Stuttgart) zu Koblenz, founded in 1921, was co-founded by members of Ferdinandea.
  • The founding member of the CV, the KDStV Aenania Munich , has been the sponsor association of Ferdinandea since 1925.
  • The KDStV Montana zu Pribram, which was not re-established after the Second World War, was also co-founded by Ferdinanden.
  • The KÖHV Nordgau Wien was briefly re-established as "Ferdinandea" after the Second World War.
  • The KDStV Fredericia Bamberg supported the re-establishment of Ferdinandea in Bamberg in 1950.
  • The KDStV Elbmark-Tetschen-Liebwerd zu Duisburg was re-established in 1984 with the help of Ferdinandea.

In addition to his own ribbon , the active senior of Ferdinandea also wears the ribbons of friendly connections as an official badge .


  • Gerhart Berger, Detlev Aurand: ... Weiland Bursch zu Heidelberg ... A commemorative publication by the Heidelberg corporations for the 600th anniversary of Ruperto Carola . Heidelberg 1986, pp. 178-182.
  • Rudolf Geser; Rolf Tiggemann; F. Wilflingseder (Ed.): Catholic German student union Ferdinandea-Prague to Heidelberg in the CV. 1886-1986. (Volumes I-III).
  • Bernhard Grün : The Fuxenstunde. Supplementary volume: Catholic German Student Union (KDStV) Ferdinandea-Prague / Bamberg zu Heidelberg in the CV. Bad Buchau 2019, 250 pages
  • Bernhard Grün, Rudolf Geser: Biographical fragments: The case of Dr. Arthur Ehrlich - a Catholic-Jewish family fate in occupied Prague , in: Stifter-Jahrbuch. New episode 28 (2014), pp. 193-208.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ EH Eberhard: Handbook of the student liaison system. Leipzig, 1924/25, p. 187.
  2. R. Geser, R. Tiggemann, F. Wilflingseder (eds.): Catholic German Student Union Ferdinandea-Prag zu Heidelberg in CV - 1886–1986 (Volume I), p. 42
  3. R. Geser, R. Tiggemann, F. Wilflingseder (eds.): Catholic German Student Union Ferdinandea-Prag zu Heidelberg in CV - 1886–1986 (Volume I), p. 50
  4. Cf. R. Geser, R. Tiggemann, F. Wilflingseder (eds.): Catholic German Student Union Ferdinandea-Prag zu Heidelberg in CV - 1886–1986 (Volume I), p. 104
  5. ^ "Österreichisches Volkszeitung", January 7, 1910, quoted in: R. Geser, R. Tiggemann, F. Wilflingseder (eds.): Catholic German Student Union Ferdinandea-Prague in Heidelberg in CV - 1886–1986 (Volume I), p 220
  6. “Deutsche Presse”, December 1930, quoted in: Geser, R .; Tiggemann, R. (Ed.): Catholic German student union Ferdinandea-Prag zu Heidelberg in CV - 1886–1986 (Volume II), p. 40
  7. ^ Suff and Muff. In: spiegelonline. April 1969, Retrieved March 9, 2011 .
  8. ^ Heidelberg: Nepomuk becomes the patron saint of the "Ferdinandea-Prague" student union. Retrieved May 14, 2019 .