Saxon Homeland Security Association

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The Landesverein Sächsischer Heimatschutz e. V. (LSH) is a registered association that pursues the goal of preserving the natural and historically grown character of the Upper Saxon homeland, protecting its nature, designing its landscape responsibly and researching and maintaining its historical and cultural values. The purpose of the statutes is realized through the maintenance of natural monuments, nature reserves and cultural monuments. The association has been a recognized nature conservation association since 1991 according to the Federal Nature Conservation Act and the Saxon Nature Conservation Act.


The Landesverein Sächsischer Heimatschutz was founded in 1908 by folklorist and chief building officer Karl Schmidt (1853-1922) and by Saxon folklorist Oskar Seyffert as the successor organization to the committee for local nature, art and architecture that had existed since 1903 . In 1913 the State Museum for Saxon Folk Art opened its permanent exhibition in the Jägerhof , in 1923 it was taken over by the State Association together with the Association for Saxon Folklore .

From 1908 to 1941, the regional association published the magazine "Mitteilungen des Landesverein Sächsischer Heimatschutz".

As early as 1921, the regional association set up a research and recreation home in the manor house of the former Bienhof estate near Oelsen . In the area surrounding the Hammergut, the association acquired numerous mountain meadows by 1945 and established the second largest nature reserve in Saxony with a size of 282 hectares.

The DC circuit in the "Third Reich" was performed at the latest, as in 1940 the founding chairman of the National Socialist dominated Heimatwerk Saxony , Friedrich Emil Krauss , chairman was the country club.

In 1949, the regional association was put under political and economic pressure and finally its assets were confiscated without compensation . As early as 1946, the nature conservation areas in the vicinity of Bienhof and Oelsen acquired by the association were expropriated as part of the land reform and divided up for agricultural use. It was not until 1967 that around 132 hectares of meadows, forests and stone ridges could be placed under nature protection again.

Although the national association was not officially banned, the ability of the association, which had been robbed of its property, was lost due to external political pressure.

A reorganization of the state association, which was never dissolved, took place in the course of the political change in the GDR and before the reunification of the two German states on October 3, 1990. The first general meeting since 1945 took place on April 7, 1990.

In the initial phase after its reconstitution, the association supported, in addition to the Saxon Switzerland Initiative (SSI), the newly founded National Park Administration in establishing the Elbe Sandstone Mountains as the Saxon Switzerland National Park and was a sought-after contact person for the creation of a nature reserve on the border between the Vogtland and Bavaria.

In the area around Bienhof and Oelsen, the association acquired over 200 hectares of forest, meadows and fields and continued the nature conservation work that had already started in the early 1920s. Between 2003 and 2007, the state association was responsible for the testing and development project "Restoration of species-rich mountain meadows in the Eastern Ore Mountains", which was funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the Saxon State Ministry for Environment and Agriculture .

In 2005, the regional association Sächsischer Heimatschutz became part of the Lausitzer Seenland gGmbH and supports the large-scale nature conservation project Lausitzer Seenland .

The German National Committee for Monument Protection awarded in 2013 the country club "for his exemplary and extraordinary commitment to protecting especially the archaeological monuments» Castle Hill Zschaitz, "" Late Bronze Age settlement Lommatzsch "and" Castle Hill Niederwartha (Dresden), "" the German Prize for monument protection.


The organs of the state association based in Dresden are the general assembly , the entire board and the executive board. Since the resumption of its activities, the regional association has been divided into three departments:

  1. Nature conservation / landscaping,
  2. Preservation of monuments / local history and
  3. Folklore / folk art.

The regional association also maintains three working groups:

  1. Village design / village structure,
  2. Property and
  3. School and home.

The Saxon Homeland Security Association maintains an advice center in Dresden. In the office, the library can also be used with its collection focuses on monument protection, local history, nature conservation, landscape conservation and village design, as well as in the areas of rare handicrafts and folk art. Pottery, Ore Mountain wood and tin work, as well as blueprints and other folk art products as well as the publications of the regional association can be acquired from changing exhibitions.



The messages of the Landesverein Sächsischer Heimatschutz e. V. - Nature conservation, local history, preservation of monuments and folklore , in which, in the form of an essay with a scientific claim, various topics on the architectural and natural history of the Saxon regional history are dealt with. The publication of the already since 1908 characteristic as so-called Green books appearing messages were forbidden even under the Nazis in the 1941st It was only after an interruption of more than fifty years that the booklets could be published again since 1991. Usually three issues appear per year. In 1995 the messages were awarded the Federal Prize for regional home magazines. Due to the public perception, but also due to the high scientific standards, the communications are among the most important and more demanding local magazines in Germany.

Calendar Saxon homeland

The Sächsische Heimat calendar - with 53 images and text contributions per year - has been published since 1993. It is the successor to the Saxon Mountain Home calendar and contains contributions to art history, monument preservation, local and regional history, nature conservation, landscape design, folklore, as well as literature and music history.

Special publications

  • Hans-Jürgen Hardtke, Andreas Ihl with the collaboration of over 250 Saxon botanists: Atlas of the fern and seed plants of Saxony. Saxon State Office for Environment and Geology, 2000, ISBN 3-00-006983-6 .
  • Frank Müller with the collaboration of over 100 Saxon botanists: Distribution atlas of Saxony's mosses. lutra, 2004, ISBN 3-936412-02-2 .
  • Sigrid Both, Hans-Jürgen Hardtke, Rainer Pfannkuchen, Anne Wächter and other authors; Landesverein Sächsischer Heimatschutz (Hrsg.): Dresdner Heide. Rölke, ISBN 3-934514-18-9 .
  • Folk festivals in Saxony. Self-published, Dresden 1994.
  • Village design - handout for mayors and councilors. Self-published, Dresden 1997.
  • Landscapes in Saxony. Self-published, Dresden 2005.


Memorial crosses for deceased members on the Inner Neustädter Friedhof in Dresden

Honorary Chairwoman

Honorary members

Götz Altmann , Peter Biele , Gerhard Billig , Karlheinz Blaschke , Werner Coblenz , Rolf Görner , Matthias Griebel , Hans-Jürgen Hardtke , Erich Iltgen , Hans-Joachim Jäger , Peter Kandler , Klaus Karl, Susanna Kosmale , Heinz Kubasch , Herbert Kutschke , Heinrich Magirius , Karl Mannsfeld , Hans Nadler , Gerhart Pasch , Manfred Ranft , Manfred Schober , Hans Christoph Stamm , Rolf Weber , Wolfgang Weidlich

As of June 2019

Similar clubs

At the state level

At the federal level

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The history of the state association (with photos by Schmidt and Seyffert)
  2. Website hm-noroc , accessed on April 2, 2017
  3. Some journal volumes and tables of contents from 1938 to 1941 digitized in the Dresden State and University Library
  4. ^ Table of contents of the volumes from 1908 to 1937 in the Dresden State and University Library
  5. Nature guide Osterzgebirge - Mordgrund and Biehnhof
  6. The blossoms on the meadows in the Eastern Ore Mountains ( Memento of the original from November 1, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. Press release of the Saxon State Office for Archeology from August 15, 2013 , accessed on January 14, 2017
  8. a b c d Change at the top of the state association  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Archive entry from 2006 of the State Association of Saxon Homeland Security@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  9. Election of the executive board , announcement of the Landesverein Sächsischer Heimatschutz of June 30, 2018, accessed on September 4, 2018.
  10. We recognize voluntary work: Honorary members. Landesverein Sächsischer Heimatschutz e. V., accessed on June 14, 2020 .