Pomeranian country team

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The country team carries the coat of arms of Pomerania; here at the German meeting of the Pomeranians in Kiel's Ostseehalle , 1970

The Pomeranian Landsmannschaft is an association of expellees . She wants to promote the cohesion of all Pomeranians in their associations and institutions. She sees herself as the representative of all Germans who have been expelled, fled or resettled from their Pomeranian homeland and their descendants.


From January 1947 the “Pomeranian Letter” was published on a private initiative. Isolated local groups of displaced persons from Western Pomerania emerged . This then led to the founding of the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft in the area of ​​the three western zones of Germany on May 18, 1948 , and since 1949 at the federal level. In July 1948 the working group of the home districts developed , from which in 1967 the Pomeranian District and Cities Association emerged . On July 30 and 31, 1949, the Pomeranian Assembly of Representatives met for the first time and elected the board. In 1950 the main office was established in Hamburg . In the same year, the then spokesman signed the charter of German expellees that had just been passed for the country team.

Meeting of the Pomeranian Assembly of Representatives in the State House of Kiel (1963).
German meeting of the Pomeranians in the Ostseehalle Kiel (1968).

On August 22, 1954, the state of Schleswig-Holstein took over the sponsorship of the country team from Pomerania. Until the reunification , the light blue and white Pomeranian flag waved on the Landeshaus Kiel . On December 16, 1966, the Schleswig-Holstein State Parliament passed the “Law establishing the Pomeranian Foundation ”. This foundation brought together all the collections of art and cultural objects that existed in the territory of the Federal Republic and came from the territory of the former province of Pomerania. The main collections (e.g. picture gallery) were exhibited in the Rant Zauberau of Kiel Castle .

On May 1, 1973, the federal board of the Landsmannschaft adopted the Pomeranian Manifesto , which was passed by the Assembly of Representatives at the end of the month.

In January 1987 the foundation stone was laid for the Pomerania Center in Lübeck-Travemünde , which was opened and inaugurated on September 5, 1988 by the Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker . The Pomeranian Center existed until it was sold in 2017.

After reunification, the first German meeting of the Pomeranians took place from May 1st to 3rd, 1992 in Stralsund on Dänholm there.

In 1999 the holdings of the Pomeranian Foundation were moved from Kiel to Greifswald to the newly established Pomeranian State Museum .

On January 1, 1995, the Landsmannschaft was transformed into the legal form Pommersche Landsmannschaft - Zentralverband e. V. transformed. In 2008 there was again the split into the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft on the one hand and the Pomeranian Central Association on the other. In October 2017, the Pomeranian Central Association had to file for bankruptcy. The Pomeranian Landsmannschaft continues to exist regardless of this.


The Pomeranian Landsmannschaft was founded on May 18, 1948 at the level of the former western zones (from 1949 federal level). She is a member of the Federation of Expellees (BdV). The seat of the association is Lübeck-Travemünde.

The Pomeranian Landsmannschaft includes

  • Regional groups of the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft
  • Home districts, which form the Pomeranian District and City Council
  • Associations of Pomeranian youth and student groups,
  • Homeland leagues and homeland associations of Western Pomerania
  • other Pomeranian associations at home and abroad

The organs of the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft are the Pomeranian Assembly of Delegates (until 2007: Pomeranian Assembly of Representatives) and the Federal Board. The federal board is headed by a spokesman.

The last spokesman for the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft was Hartmut Saenger from his election on September 15, 2007 until his death on November 22, 2013. The post will remain vacant until the next Pomeranian delegates' meeting on April 15, 2015.

Pomeranian District and City Day

The Pomeranian District and Cities Day (PKST) is the amalgamation of the 28 Pomeranian home districts. The PKST promotes and supports the activities of the home districts. It holds an annual meeting as a general meeting and usually two cultural meetings a year.

The PKST was created in 1967 from the working group of the home districts.

The President of the PKST is Margrit Schlegel (re-elected on March 17, 2007).

Central Pomeranian Association

The Pomeranian Central Association was responsible for the economic activities of the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft, primarily the Pomeranian Center with the Baltic Sea Academy. He is also the publisher of the publications published by the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft. The organizational split of the previous Pomeranian Landsmannschaft - Zentralverband - eV into the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft on the one hand and the Pomeranian Central Association on the other hand took place in 2008.

The Pomeranian Central Association has ceased its activities and applied to the Lübeck District Court to initiate insolvency proceedings on October 26, 2017. This also ends the activities of the Baltic Sea Academy. The insolvency administrator will endeavor to continue the weekly Pommersche Zeitung .

Spokesman for the Pomeranian Landsmannschaft

Pomerania Center (1988 to 2017)

View of the Pomerania Center with the Church of Reconciliation (photo from 2015)

The Pomeranian Center in Lübeck-Travemünde was opened on September 5, 1988 by the Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker . Since then, the Baltic Sea Academy in the Pomerania Center has offered space and a framework for seminars and excursions with the aim of understanding and dialogue with Germany's eastern neighbors.

Since 1989 the Pomeranian Center has had an extensive library, most recently comprising around 30,000 volumes, which was supported by the Central Pomeranian Association. The club library and archive of the Pommerscher Greif club were also housed there. In 2015 the library was closed. The holdings relating to Pomerania were taken over by the Pommerscher Greif association and have been located in Züssow with its association library and archive since 2015 .

The now insolvent Pomeranian Central Association sold the property of the Pomeranian Center in 2017. Thus, of the facilities of the Pomeranian Center, only the Church of Reconciliation in the Pomeranian Center remains, which is supported by a separate foundation.

Traveling exhibition "Expelled - and forgotten?"

Under the title Expelled - and Forgotten? Pomerania in German and European History has curated an exhibition that commemorates the history of Pomerania and the flight and expulsion of Germans from Central and Eastern Europe from 1945 to 1950 . In August 2013 the exhibition was to be opened in the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament in Kiel. The Landtag administration demanded that all the texts in the exhibition be submitted to it for review beforehand. Individual boards and the inviting leaflet met with displeasure from the state parliament administration and should be changed or removed. The Pomeranian Landsmannschaft did not comply and took the position that the exhibition could only be shown in its entirety with all the panels, the removal of objects would only show the history of Pomerania and the expulsion of the Pomeranians in a falsified manner.


The Pomeranian Landsmannschaft published three periodicals :

  • The weekly Die Pommersche Zeitung . It appears twelve times a year with the supplement Pommersche Heimatkirche . The newspaper was founded in 1951 under the title Pommernblatt as an organ of the Pommerschen Landsmannschaft and received its current name in 1954, Die Pommersche Zeitung . On January 1, 1956, the Pommernbrief founded by Christoph von der Ropp in 1947 was merged with the Pommerschen Zeitung. The editorial office is located in Lübeck-Travemünde, editor: Michael Hegewald (home districts, news), the Vorpommern editorial office has been in Greifswald since 2011 , chief editor of PZ: Michael Hammermeister, since 1994 (politics, Vorpommern, news).

In the context of the insolvency of the Pommerschen Zentralverband eV and thus also the Ostsee-Akademie Travemünde , the traditional press organ Die Pommersche Zeitung had to cease publication after 67 years with the double edition Christmas / New Year's Eve, year 67, episode 51/52 from December 23rd 2017, set. An essential part of the Pomeranian identity was lost.

  • The quarterly magazine Pommern. Journal of Culture and History , ISSN  0032-4167 .
The magazine has been published since 1963, initially under the title Unser Pommern. Quarterly magazine for Heimat und Volkstum . The predecessor was the magazine Pommersche Saat , which appeared from 1949 to 1962 . With issue 2/2017 the previous editor stopped the publication of the magazine.
With the approval of the State Secretary of Vorpommern, Patrick Dahlemann, the Pommersche Greif eV acquired the publisher's rights by concluding a contract with the insolvency administrator and took over the printing and delivery of the unpublished issues 3 and 4/2017. The booklets for 2018 are also the responsibility of the association, which is currently endeavoring to ensure that they are published in the long term.
  • The annual Pommersche Heimatbuch .


On August 16, 1954, the state of Schleswig-Holstein took over the state sponsorship for Pomerania, understood as a sponsorship for the Pomeranians who were expelled from their homeland. Under the government of Prime Minister Heide Simonis (SPD), the state effectively ended the sponsorship. Even under her successor, Prime Minister Peter Harry Carstensen (CDU), she was not resumed.

Pomeranian Culture Prize

Presentation of the Pomeranian Culture Prize 1973 by speaker Philipp von Bismarck (2nd from right) to Johannes Paul (2nd from left) and Bruno Müller-Linow (center).

The Pomeranian Landsmannschaft has been awarding the Pomeranian Culture Prize since 1962. Prize winners were:

See also

Web links

Commons : Pommersche Landsmannschaft  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Pomeranian Newspaper. No. 38/2007, p. 1.
  2. a b The Pomeranian Newspaper . No. 44/2017, p. 1.
  3. Die Pommersche Zeitung No. 17/2015, p. 1 f.
  4. ostseeakademie.de
  5. ^ The Pomeranian Newspaper . No. 9/2015, p. 2.
  6. a b The Pomeranian Newspaper. No. 14/2010, p. 16.
  7. ^ "Pommern" magazine for culture and history continues to appear! - Blog Pommerscher Greif eV In: Blog Pommerscher Greif eV January 13, 2018 ( pommerscher- Greif.de [accessed on March 1, 2018]).
  8. It continues: Pommern - Journal for Culture and History - Blog Pommerscher Greif eV In: Blog Pommerscher Greif eV January 27, 2018 ( pommerscher- Greif.de [accessed on March 1, 2018]).
  9. ^ The Pomeranian Newspaper. No. 23/2008, p. 16.
  10. ^ Pomeranian seeds. Issue 3/1962. Reprint 1985, p. 873.
  11. Pomerania. Art history folklore. No. 3/1985, ISSN  0032-4167 , p. 39.
  12. Marcel Reich Ranicki: The Koeppen case
  13. Vita Helmut Maletzke
  14. Ingrid Seddig's life's work
  15. ^ About the person: Dietlinde Bonnlander
  16. Hans Reddemann
  17. ^ The Pomeranian Newspaper. No. 19/2008, p. 3.
  18. ^ The Pomeranian Newspaper. No. 20/2010, p. 3.
  19. ^ The Pomeranian Newspaper. No. 38/2012, pp. 1, 2–3, 16.