KDStV Winfridia (Breslau) Münster

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KDStV Winfridia

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Basic data
University location: Muenster
University / s: Westphalian Wilhelms University
Founding: July 17, 1856
Place of foundation: Wroclaw
Corporation association : CV (founder 1856)
Association number: 2
Abbreviation: Wf!
Color status : colored
Fox colors:
Cap: green occipital color
Type of Confederation: Men's association
Religion / Denomination: Catholic
Position to the scale : not striking
Motto: Fresh, free, pious!
Website: www.winfridia-breslau.de

The Catholic German Student Association Winfridia Wroclaw Münster (KDStV Winfridia (Breslau) Munster) is a 1856 in Breslau , founded not beating , Catholic fraternity . She is one of the two founding members of the Cartell Association of German Catholic Student Associations . Winfridia has been based in Münster since 1948 .



The prehistory of Winfridia begins in 1849, when a reading club for Catholic students was founded in Breslau under the chairmanship of theology student Augustin Swientek . This association was supposed to counteract the turning away from the faith, to strengthen the back of the Catholic cause and initially consisted exclusively of students of Catholic theology. In 1851 the association opened up to students from other faculties .

Foundation in Wroclaw

In order to be able to assume the same position as the corps and fraternities in the student self-administration of the time , the club's steward, Ferdinand Speil, applied for the club to be renamed Winfridia and to use colors . This proposal was then accepted with an overwhelming majority and the colors green-white-gold were chosen. The new name of the association was derived from the patron saint of the Germans, St. Winfrid or also called Bonifatius .

Foundation of the Cartell Association

The resulting connection immediately made contact with Aenania Munich, who was five years older than him . The offer of Winfridia, a Cartellverhältnis enter the Aenania, was adopted by a letter of 6 December 1856 so that this day ever since the founding of the Cartellverbandes the Catholic German student connections (CV) applies.

The first years

Cartel contract between Aenania Munich and Winfridia Breslau

In 1861, Winfridia changed their connection colors, which until then were identical to the colors of the Aenania, to the colors green-red-gold that are still valid today for practical reasons. From 1864 to 1865 Winfridia Breslau was a member of the Würzburger Bund . In 1867, many Catholic associations took part in the collection of St. Peter's penny , with Winfridia taking a leading position. As a thank you received the connection from Pope Pius IX. a relic of Saint Boniface.

The number of members of the association grew rapidly, and so it became necessary as early as 1900 to found a subsidiary , the Rheno-Palatia Breslau , which is now based in Mainz . Only four years later a second subsidiary had to be founded, the Salia Breslau . It was based in Cologne after the war and later merged with Rhineland Cologne .

At the same time, the decision was made to give the connection with one's own house a new and representative home. Therefore, the plot of land at Basteigasse 6 was bought and the connecting house , which was completed by 1910 and called the "Bastei", was built on it. So that the Cartell Association was also represented at the newly founded Technical University , another CV connection was established in Breslau, the Marchia Breslau , which is now based in Aachen .

After the First World War , communal life was fundamentally reformed under the influence of the youth movement. In 1924 the Cartel Assembly was celebrated in the suburb of Winfridiae in Breslau. In that year the fourth and last subsidiary was founded, Greiffenstein Breslau , which is now based in Frankfurt am Main . Two years later, Winfridia took over the sponsorship of the Nordgau Prague (today Koblenz ). With around 700 old men and 150 students, Winfridia was one of the largest German connections in 1931.

The time of National Socialism

When the National Socialists came to power , maintaining the connection became increasingly difficult. When the dissolution of all religious associations was ordered in 1934, Winfridia decided to delete the word catholic from the name, but still internally to maintain the obligation to the principle of catholicity. Aktivitas was able to continue until 1936 , albeit with great difficulty. Secret meetings on the house were officially disguised as "Italian language courses".

When the domestic worker was exposed as an informer for the Gestapo , it was decided to only accept sons of federal brothers. In the end, however, only members of Nazi organizations were admitted to study, which meant that the association was no longer able to get young people. In the summer semester, the Aktivitas had to dissolve under state pressure.

The liaison operation, as far as it still existed, was continued by the old gentlemen's association . In 1938, the CV Altherrenbund was also dissolved by Himmler's decree . The old gentlemen's association Winfridiae escaped its dissolution. The study remembrance festival planned for 1938 was canceled by the Gestapo, with the association's flags and the cash register confiscated and the house occupied.

In the following years the house was sold to a federal brother in order to protect it from access by Nazi organizations. The connection was then still able to use the house to a limited extent. On February 14, 1945, about ten federal brothers who had remained in the Breslau Fortress met for the last time on the bastion. Easter 1945 the house was completely destroyed in a large bomb attack on Wroclaw. Up until June 1946, Winfriden still held a few meetings in the parish of St. Matthias. In October 1947 the last Winfride was expelled from Breslau by the Polish authorities.

Re-establishment in Münster

Color map of the KDStV Winfridia (Breslau) Münster

At this point the first steps were already taken to revive Winfridia. Georg Mende in particular drove the re-establishment of the connection. He was mayor of Castrop-Rauxel until 1933 and was then removed from office by the National Socialists. In 1925 he was one of the founders of the Winfridenzirkels Westmark and was also its chairman. So it was a matter of course for him to help the expelled friars.

Before the war, 90% of all Winfriden were resident in the east. As a result, many Winfriden had to worry about starting a new life after their expulsion. In this situation Georg Mende reunited around 200 federal brothers and organized social care for Winfriden in need. Vogel and Wachsmann, who were resident in Emsdetten and Coesfeld after the expulsion , were particularly helpful here . The Cartell Association has been re-established as an association since 1946 in the three western zones. Interest representatives were provided for all connections that had not yet been re-established. Georg Mende took on this task for Winfridia and represented her at the first meeting for the British zone in May 1947 in Dortmund.

After careful preparation, around 60 old men met in Münster on Bonifatiustag in June 1948 , and around 70 other old men sent greetings to this meeting. There it was established that the old gentlemen's association had never been legally dissolved despite the ban and thus still existed. Furthermore, the re-establishment of the active connection was decided and the provisional board confirmed.

Initially, the intention was to re-establish the connection in Hamburg , as eight old men there had agreed to support them. But since Wiking Hamburg had already reestablished itself there, this plan was abandoned . The opportunity to re-establish itself together with Alemannia Greifswald in Münster was lost when it became known that it had already initiated its re-establishment under the name Waterkant on its own. The board of directors decided to re-establish the company in Münster. After the Cartell Association and the local connections had agreed, the official re-establishment of the connection for December 6, 1948 could be prepared.

At the convent , which took place immediately before the publication ceremony, the first new admission was recorded with the law student Gerd Sander. The batches of the active connection were still occupied by old men who had meanwhile settled in the Münsterland . Ruhnau from Beckum and chestnut major Kaps from Havixbeck became senior. Through tough negotiations with the Münster clergy, he achieved that Winfridia was the only connection in Münster to be allowed to take up to three East German theology students per semester.

Couleur map of the KDStV. Winfridia (Breslau) Munster

On the evening of December 6th, the publication and re-establishment ceremony took place in the Neubückenhof. The approval of the British military government was obtained through the mediation of Lorenz Cardinal Jaeger in March 1949. In the same month the rector of the Westphalian Wilhelms-Universität also approved the connection, but on the condition that the new connection be called Winfridia-Wratislavia . The first semester ended with 16 new members, the old gentlemen's association already had 380 members again.

At the 93rd foundation festival at Pentecost 1949, all charge offices could be handed over to the young active. After it turned out by chance that the flags confiscated by the Gestapo in 1938 had been brought to Würzburg, efforts were successfully made to have them returned.

The connection now suffered from the problem of having neither a house nor a constant . In 1954 it was possible to rent a floor above the Gilde-Stube, Neubückenstrasse 73, and thus to acquire a new home. Two years later, the 100th Foundation Festival was celebrated in the cathedral.

In 1959 the opportunity arose to buy the Bergstr. 73 to buy from the guild health insurance fund. With great financial efforts, it was rebuilt for the needs of the connection and was inaugurated on the 105th Foundation Festival in 1961. The 125th foundation festival in 1981 clearly demonstrated the stable position that Winfridia has achieved in Münster. In 1991 the association received a new Boniface relic to replace the relic from 1867 lost in the war. It has been on loan in the cathedral since then.

In 1993 the connection house on Bergstrasse was extensively renovated and was ceremoniously put back into use in April 1994. In 1998 the 50th anniversary of the re-establishment was celebrated in Münster. The connection currently includes around 40 students and 470 old men.

Winfridia and Aenania Munich provided the suburb of the Cartell Association in 2005/06 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary. On the weekend of Pentecost 2006, Winfridia celebrated its 150th foundation party.

Winfridia ran the suburb of the Cartell Association a total of six times : 1876/1877, 1891/1892, 1899/1900, 1923/1925, 1973/1974 and 2005/2006, and twice was the chairman of the Cartell Association: from 1909 to 1930 with Felix Porsch and von 1963 to 1968 with Walther Gase.

Winfridia (Breslau) Münster has number 2 in the association's internal order of Cartel connections. The official abbreviation is Wf .

Goals and principles

Since its foundation, three principles have applied to Winfridia, which should be the supporting pillars of the union life: religio, scientia and amicitia.

  • Religio means the shared commitment to the Roman Catholic Church .
  • The scientia principle is intended to remind the members to acquire specific scientific knowledge in their degree programs and also to promote general education in dialogue with one another.
  • Amicitia sees itself as friendly cohesion in the sense of a bond of life, which is based on mutual sympathy, also between the different generations.

Furthermore, the Winfridia also has the principle of patria . The Cartell Association of Catholic German Student Associations , CV for short, which was founded by Aenania together with Winfridia in 1856, is committed to the same principles . According to its motto, Winfridia is not committed to any political party.

Couleur, motto and circle



The connection has the colors green-red-gold. The fox colors are green-gold-green. Head color is a green occipital color. The tape of the KDStV Winfridia is worn from the right shoulder to the left hip. An exception is the ribbon of honor embroidered with the words "pro meritis", which is awarded to deserving members. This is worn in addition to the normal band from the left shoulder to the right hip. A gold embroidered occiput is awarded as a rare and special award for federal brothers who already wear the "pro meritis" ribbon and who have continued to work extremely hard for the union.


The motto of Winfridia-Breslau in Munster is Fresh, Free, Fromm!


The Winfridenzirkel is a couleur student monogram of four letters, V, C, F, W, and a call sign. These letters stand for the Latin saying Vivat, crescat floreatque Winfridia! (Eng. "Winfridia live, grow and prosper!"). Another interpretation is Latin Vivat circulus fratrum Winfridiae! (Eng. "Long live the circle of the brothers of Winfridia!"). The exclamation mark stands for Latin in aeternum and means that the connection has an active part .

Known members

  • Karl Augustin (1847–1919), auxiliary bishop in Breslau
  • Valentin von Ballestrem (1860–1920), coal and steel industrialist and politician (center), member of the Prussian manor house
  • Konrad Beyerle (1872–1933), constitutional lawyer, legal historian and politician
  • Bruno Binnebesel (1902–1944), Catholic clergyman and Nazi victim (executed in Brandenburg prison)
  • Heinrich Brüning (1885–1970), Chancellor of the German Empire (1930–1932)
  • Wilhelm Cuno (1876–1933), Chancellor of the German Empire (1922–1923)
  • Godehard Josef Ebers (1880–1958), German-Austrian legal scholar, member of the Austrian Constitutional Court
  • Hanns-Christoph Eiden (* 1956), lawyer, President of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food.
  • Joseph Faltin (1852–1933), lawyer, member of the German Reichstag and the Prussian House of Representatives
  • Franz Georg Friemel (* 1930), pastoral theologian
  • Walther Gase (1901–1991), lawyer and administrative officer
  • Joseph Glowatzki (1847–1936), Catholic clergyman and member of the German Reichstag and the Prussian House of Representatives and the Prussian State Parliament
  • Marian Gołębiewski (* 1937), Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Wroclaw
  • Marian Heitger (1927–2012), educational scientist
  • Alfred Herrmann (1879–1960), historian, member of the Weimar National Assembly
  • Klaus Hornig (1907–1997), police officer and concentration camp victim, refused to give orders to shoot prisoners of war
  • Ernst Jacobi (1867–1946), lawyer
  • Heinrich Janssen (* 1932), auxiliary bishop in the diocese of Münster
  • Linus Kather (1893–1983), lawyer and politician (excluded in 1970)
  • Paul Katscherowski (1891–1939), priest and martyr, beaten up by the Nazis because of a sermon in front of Polish prisoners of war and died
  • Paul Kollibay (1863–1919), ornithologist and lawyer
  • Hans Kroll (1898–1967), diplomat, ambassador to Belgrade, Tokyo and Moscow (1953–1962)
  • Lothar Lahn (1921–1994), diplomat, ambassador in Cairo, Santiago de Chile, Madrid and Rome
  • Hans Lukaschek (1885–1960), politician, minister of expellees in the FRG
  • Bernhard Nadbyl (1846–1921), member of the German Reichstag and Prussian House of Representatives
  • Paul Theodor Oldenkott (* 1934), professor of neurosurgery, governor of the German Lieutenancy of the Knightly Order of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem (1999–2006)
  • Bernhard Patzak (1873–1933), art historian and university professor
  • Christian Schulze Pellengahr (* 1975), District Administrator of the Coesfeld district
  • Johann-Christian Pielow (1957), German legal scholar
  • Felix Porsch (1853–1930), Privy Councilor of Justice, Vice President of the Prussian Landtag
  • Bernhard Poschmann (1878–1955), theologian, rector of the University of Breslau, pioneer of the Second Vatican Council
  • Friedrich August Georg of Saxony (1893–1943), Crown Prince of Saxony
  • Friedrich Christian von Sachsen (1893–1968) , head of the Wettin family
  • Bernhard Schneeberger (1945–2015), musicologist and businessman
  • Artur Schneider (1876–1945), philosopher
  • Hans Schulte-Nölke (* 1963), legal scholar
  • Thomas Schwartz (* 1964), priest, honorary professor, author, publisher and television presenter
  • Max Sdralek (1855–1913), church historian
  • Carl Ulitzka (1873–1953), Catholic clergyman and center politician
  • Ludwig Windthorst (1812-1891), royal. Minister of State, member of the German Reichstag and the Prussian House of Representatives, chairman of the Catholic Center Party
  • Norbert Winkeljohann (* 1957), German economist, member of the supervisory boards of Bayer AG and Deutsche Bank AG
  • Hubert Wolf (* 1959), Professor of Church History at the University of Münster
  • Paul Ziemiak (* 1985), General Secretary of the CDU

See also


  • Florian Werr : History of the Cartell Association of Catholic German Student Associations. Paderborn, 1890
  • Complete directory of the CV born in 1913, M. Du Mont Schauberg, Strasbourg in Alsace, 1913
  • Peter Stitz: The CV 1919–1938: the higher education policy path of the Cartell Association of Catholic German Student Associations (CV) from the end of World War I to its destruction by National Socialism. Society for CV History, Munich 1970, pp. 73 f., 357 f. passim
  • Klaus Neuhaus: Student postcards from Münster. A vivid history of student life in Münster. Schernfeld 1993, p. 58.
  • S. Schieweck-Mauk: Lexicon of CV and ÖCV connections, community for German student history. Würzburg 1997, ISBN 3-89498-040-0 .
  • Society for Student History and Student Customs V. (Ed.): CV manual, 2nd edition. Regensburg 2000, ISBN 3-922485-11-1 .
  • Katharina Tenberge: From Fink and Fux. Student connections in Münster. Aschendorff Publishing House, Münster 2009
  • Johannes Hermsen: 150 years of the KDStV Winfridia-Breslau zu Münster (1856-2006) (Winfridengeschichte 6). agenda Verlag, Münster 2006, ISBN 3-89688-281-3 .

Individual evidence

  1. Friedrich Schulze, Paul Ssymank : The German student body from the oldest times to the present. 2nd edition, Leipzig 1910, p. 270.
  2. Peter Krause : O old lad glory. The students and their customs. 5th edition. Graz, Wien, Köln 1997, p. 108. The letter is also printed there.
  3. ^ EH Eberhard: Handbook of the student liaison system. Leipzig, 1924/25, p. 29.
  4. Peter Krause : O old lad glory. The students and their customs. 5th edition. Graz, Vienna, Cologne 1997, p. 186.
  5. ^ Bayer AG: The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG. Retrieved March 24, 2019 .
  6. ^ Supervisory Board - Deutsche Bank. Retrieved March 24, 2019 .

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