Landschulheim Burg Nordeck

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The Landschulheim Burg Nordeck was a boarding school in Allendorf (Lumda) in the district of Gießen in Hesse . It was a state-approved school and a member of the boarding school association . On April 1, 2015, insolvency proceedings were opened against the assets of the Burg Nordeck school home. In May, the closure of the country school home became known, while the dormitory is to be preserved. On September 1, 2015, the facility was taken over by a subsidiary of Lebenshilfe Gießen .


The boarding school was founded in 1926 by Otto Erdmann , a friend and colleague of the founder of the Odenwald School , Paul Geheeb . His sister worked for many years as a school doctor Geheeb-Lieberknecht in the boarding school. From 1938 to 1941, among others, Willi Hammelrath taught in Nordeck, who later headed the Bad Sachsa Education Center after the war and there implemented many ideas from his time in Nordeck. Alfred Zander was one of the later leaders .

The student from 1938 to 1941 was the writer and screenwriter ( Suleyken ) Ernst-Adolf Kunz (1923–1981), a close friend of Heinrich Böll . His correspondence with Böll from 1945 to 1953 was published under the title Hope is like a wild animal in 1994 by Kiepenheuer (1997 dtv). Kunz has also published short stories under the pseudonym "Philipp Wiebe".


The boarding school was located in the municipality of Allendorf (Lumda) above the district of Nordeck . The approximately 22 meter high tower of the facility can be seen far through the Lumdatal .

Some of the residential and administrative facilities were located in the buildings of Nordeck Castle . The classrooms and other residential complexes were located in the eastern development area of ​​Nordeck.

For physical education and leisure activities, the school had a basketball court, a swimming pool and a tennis court. The village's public multi-purpose hall was also used for physical education. The historical natural theater was previously used for events within the facility, primarily on parents' days.



A grammar school and a secondary school branch were offered until 2015 . However, the high school branch could not be completed on site with the Abitur , as only the training up to the 10th grade was offered. In order to obtain the university entrance qualification , the students had to attend the upper level at another boarding school or a public school, but could still be looked after in Nordeck. This type of care came close to that of assisted living. There was also the possibility of completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, which was only offered every few years.

English was taught as the first foreign language . From the 7th grade onwards, students in the grammar school branch were able to choose between French and Latin . The school lessons took place half or full day (8 hours). The afternoons were pre-structured in terms of time and only contained a relatively small amount of time for the students to spend freely. One could freely choose from the offer of so-called guilds , at least once a week this was a compulsory event.

Out of school

Outside of school lessons, the students were looked after in so-called "families", each consisting of 8 to 12 students and usually several teachers . The students lived in spatially connected residential units and were usually accommodated in single and twin rooms. The weekly compulsory afternoon program also included the so-called “English Conversation”, during which native speakers introduced the students to the English language in small groups outside of school hours. In addition there were the already mentioned “guilds” for the musical, artistic and sporting sectors.


The Landschulheim Burg Nordeck was a non-denominational school, but had a chapel . Coexistence in school and boarding school should be characterized by tolerance of different religious beliefs; according to the house rules, religious fanaticism and xenophobia were not tolerated.

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Individual evidence

  1. Burg Nordeck no longer in preliminary insolvency proceedings. In: Gießener Anzeiger , April 4, 2015.
  2. ↑ End of school at Nordeck Castle. In: Gießener Allgemeine , May 22, 2015, accessed on November 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Jürgen Oelkers : The place of the reform pedagogy: The state school. Lecture at the University of Education in Zug on December 7, 2011. p. 12.

Coordinates: 50 ° 41 ′ 33.9 "  N , 8 ° 50 ′ 33.4"  E