Rüdesheim Association of German Fraternities

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The Rüdesheim Association of German Fraternities (RVdB) was a corporation association of student associations . It consisted of up to 37 fraternities (peak in 1918) with almost 2,000 active members (WS 1913/14) and over 3,300 old men (WS 1914/15). The member associations were initially only located at technical universities and mining academies , later fraternities were also included at universities and veterinary colleges . He merged with the German fraternity in 1919 .


The emergence of the technical fraternities

According to the age of the technical colleges, fraternities began to appear in the early years. As early as 1822 a fraternity with the name Germania and the original colors black, red and gold was established at the Bergakademie in Freiberg. The Teutonia fraternity was founded in Karlsruhe in 1843 and a Germania fraternity in Darmstadt . In Braunschweig , too , fraternities emerged, such as the Alemannia and Teutonia (both 1848) and the Allemannia fraternity (1850), which however only existed temporarily. Only the Germania fraternity founded there in 1861 was able to prevail. This was followed by foundations in Dresden (Cheruscia) in 1861 and in Stuttgart ( Alemannia ) in 1866 .

Some of the few fraternities at technical universities that existed to date had established mutual relationships or maintained contacts with the fraternities of the universities, such as the Karlsruhe fraternity Teutonia, which belonged to the North German cartel . With the establishment of the Eisenach Deputy Convent , the relationships with the university fraternities ended, as this association did not recognize the fraternities at technical universities as equal. The main reason was the supposedly lack of previous education (Matura), which was held up to the technical students. Various new foundations from the 1880s onwards then expanded the circle of technical fraternities. For the time being, however, there was no major merger.

The Niederwald Deputy Convent (NDC)

It was not until 1889, after further fraternities had been founded, that the Niederwald Deputy Convent was launched as a non-Matura student association, which initially comprised eight fraternities at technical universities. In November 1896, 16 members strong, it broke up again due to internal differences of opinion regarding the introduction of the Matura principle.

The Binger Deputy Convent (BDC)

Following the dissolution of the NDC, the Germania Deputy Convent was founded from among the majority of the former NDC members who represent the Matura principle . A short time later it was renamed the Binger Deputierten-Convent (BDC) and replaced the NDC. In addition to the seven founding fraternities, the BDC was only able to attract two other fraternities, including one from the Bergakademie Freiberg ( Glückauf ).

The Rüdesheim Deputy Convent (RDC)

Coats of arms of the member associations of the RDC.

On March 10, 1900, 19 fraternities finally united to form the mature Rüdesheimer Deputy Convent after the BDC group had disbanded the day before. One year after its founding, it was semi-officially recognized as a fraternity association by the General Deputy Convent (from 1902: German Burschenschaft ). The question of maturity remained topical, however, and led to the German fraternity withdrawing recognition in 1905.

The Rüdesheim Association of German Fraternities (RVdB)

In 1905 it was renamed the Rüdesheim Association of German Fraternities . As early as 1904, fraternities from universities and from 1908 from veterinary colleges were able to join the originally technical academic association. The First World War and unifying nationalism brought engineers and university graduates closer together. The defeat of the German Reich and the ensuing consequences made the divisions among the fraternities recede. On January 4, 1919, the German Burschenschaft and RVdB merged in Berlin to form the German Burschenschaft. The primary goal of the technicians' association - achieving equality - was achieved.

Member connections

Surname Seat founding Colours comment
Aachen fraternity Alania Aachen 1876
Aachen fraternity Rheno-Germania Aachen 1906
black red Gold
today: Aachen Burschenschaft Teutonia
Aachen fraternity Teutonia Aachen 1899
black-red-gold (vu)
Baltia Berlin fraternity Berlin 1889
light blue-white-dark blue
today: Hannoversche Burschenschaft Ghibellinia-Leipzig
Berlin fraternity Cimbria Berlin 1888
today: only old men association
Marcomannia Berlin fraternity Berlin 1886
today: United Berlin Burschenschaft Thuringia
Berlin fraternity Rugia Berlin 1866
red-black (vu)
today: only old men association
Berlin fraternity Teutonia Berlin 1887
today: Berlin fraternity of the Märker
Braunschweig fraternity Alemannia Braunschweig 1850
Braunschweig fraternity Germania Braunschweig 1861
black red Gold
Braunschweig fraternity Thuringia Braunschweig 1868
Cheruskia Wroclaw fraternity Wroclaw 1876
today: Old Breslau fraternity of the Raczeks
Fraternity Gothia Charlottenburg Charlottenburg 1877
today: Berlin fraternity Gothia
Thuringia Charlottenburg fraternity Charlottenburg 1875
moss green-white-blue
today: Berlin fraternity Gothia
Fraternity mallets and irons Clausthal 1890
black White Red
Germania Danzig fraternity Danzig 1904
black red Gold
today: Danzig fraternity Alemannia in Aachen
Fraternity Teutonia Danzig Danzig 1905
today: Danzig fraternity Alemannia in Aachen
Darmstadt fraternity Frisia Darmstadt 1885
black-white-light blue
Darmstadt fraternity Germania Darmstadt 1869
black red Gold
Darmstadt fraternity Markomannia Darmstadt 1895
today: Darmstadt fraternity Rheno-Markomannia
Darmstadt fraternity Rheno-Guestfalia Darmstadt 1894
today: Darmstadt fraternity Rheno-Markomannia
Fraternity Cheruscia Dresden Dresden 1861
black red Gold
today: Aachen-Dresden fraternity Cheruscia
Fraternity of Cimbria Dresden Dresden 1901
today: Aachen-Dresden fraternity Cheruscia
Freiberg fraternity Glückauf Freiberg 1875
today: Old Freiberg fraternity Glückauf zu Clausthal
Hannoversche Burschenschaft Arminia Hanover 1898
black-red-gold on white
Hannoversche Burschenschaft Cimbria Hanover 1904
today: Hannoversche Burschenschaft Germania
Hannoversche Burschenschaft Germania (TH) Hanover 1891
black red Gold
at the Technical University of Hanover
Hannoversche Burschenschaft Germania (TiHo) Hanover 1874
black White Red
at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover , today: Hannoversche Burschenschaft Alt-Germania
Fraternity Gothia Hanover Hanover 1902
today: Hannoversche Burschenschaft Teutonia
Karlsruhe fraternity Arminia Karlsruhe 1876
Fraternity of Germania Karlsruhe Karlsruhe 1877
today: Karlsruhe Burschenschaft Teutonia
Karlsruhe Burschenschaft Teutonia Karlsruhe 1843
Red Black
Karlsruhe fraternity Tuiskonia Karlsruhe 1877
Fraternity Gothia Munich Munich 1896
today: Munich fraternity Arminia-Rhenania
Fraternity Guelfia Munich Munich 1893
black red Gold
today: Munich fraternity Franco-Bavaria
Munich fraternity Stauffia Munich 1893
black-white-red on gold
Vandalia fraternity in Munich Munich 1878
today: Munich fraternity Alemannia
Alemannia Stuttgart fraternity Stuttgart 1866
Stuttgart fraternity Ghibellinia Stuttgart 1862
Hilarita's fraternity Stuttgart 1873
Stuttgart fraternity Ulmia Stuttgart 1881

vu = colors read from below

Well-known fraternity members of the RVdB

Color cards

See also


  • Albert Benz: Rüdesheimer Verband deutscher Burschenschaften , 4th edition Frankfurt a. M. 1912.
  • Hugo Böttger (Ed.): Handbook for the German fraternity. Berlin 1912. pp. 300-301.
  • Frank Grobe: Compass and gear. Engineers in the bourgeois emancipation struggle around 1900. The history of the technical fraternity , in: Oldenhage, Klaus (ed.), Representations and sources for the history of the German unity movement in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, vol. 17, Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 2009. ISBN 978- 3-8253-5644-6 .
  • Frank Grobe: The technical corporation house - fortress against modernity and means of distinction , in: Sigler, Sebastian: Stand up - and stand! Festschrift for Klaus Gerstein, Essen 2010, pp. 241–256.
  • Frank Grobe: "With best wishes from the fraternity". Color cards of the Rüdesheimer Verband deutscher Burschenschaften , Essen 2011. ISBN 978-3-939413-16-5 .
  • Karl Hensing: Handbook for the German NDC fraternity , Leipzig 1896.
  • Karl Hensing: Handbook for the German RDC fraternity , 2nd edition Leipzig 1901.
  • Karl Hensing: Handbook for the Rüdesheimer Association of German Fraternities , 3rd edition Leipzig 1907.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Niederwald-Deputierten-Konvent , in: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon , 5th edition, Volume 18. Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig and Vienna, 1898, p. 668.