South Schleswig Association
|Sydslesvigsk Forening /
South Schleswig Association
|purpose||Promotion of the Danish language, culture and identity in southern Schleswig|
|Chair:||Jon Hardon Hansen|
|Establishment date:||1920 as Den Slesvigske Forening|
|Number of members:||around 14,000|
|Seat :||Flensburg / Flensborg|
The South Schleswig Association ( Danish : Sydslesvigsk Forening) ( SSF ) is the cultural umbrella organization of the Danish minority in South Schleswig . The SSF has around 14,000 members (2005) organized in 115 districts. The 25 affiliated associations have around 10,000 members. Furthermore, around 12,000 children and young people are organized in the youth clubs. A large part of the cultural work is therefore often decentralized in the local Danish meeting houses.
The SSF also works with other institutions of the Danish minority such as schools , churches , the umbrella organization of the Danish youth organizations SdU , the health service and the libraries as well as the Friisk Foriining . The political contact person is the SSW .
The members are German citizens with a Danish identity and feel that they are firmly anchored in the region, which they want to help shape through their work.
The general secretary of the SSF is Jens A. Christiansen.
- 1920: After the referendum , "Den slesvigske Forening" was founded.
- 1921: The first annual meeting (Årsmøde) took place on the Blasberg.
- 1923: There were 9,000 adult members. In addition to numerous subgroups in the region, there is also a “ Frisisk-Slesvigsk Forening ” in North Frisia , in which the Danish-minded Frisians have come together.
- 1925: The South Schleswig Association appears in Geneva as a founding member of the European Nationality Congress , Ernst Christiansen becomes permanent delegate .
- 1933: The "Frisisk-Slesvigsk Forening" was banned by the National Socialists .
- 1940: The chairman of the association, Ernst Christiansen, was deposed by the National Socialists because of his politics.
- 1945: During the Second World War , numerous members of the association died as soldiers or in concentration camps . Therefore the association only had 3,000 members.
- 1946: On January 31, 1946, the British military government allowed the establishment of “Sydslesvigsk Forening”, which is to coordinate all Danish work in southern Schleswig. The association thus became the successor to the "Slesvigske Forening". The number of members rose to 60,000. At the annual meeting, the Dannebrog , the Danish flag, was not allowed to be hoisted until further notice.
- 1948: The association had 75,000 members. 15,000 more membership applications are rejected. One reason for this is the strict rejection of all applicants who had actively worked for the National Socialists. Furthermore, the SSW is founded as a political organ of the minority. Until then, the SSF had taken on this task.
- 1949: The " Kiel-Copenhagen Declaration " granted the minority and the SSF first rights.
- 1955: The " Bonn-Copenhagen Declarations " secured the right of the minority and thus the SSF to exist. For the first time after the Second World War, the Dannebrog was hoisted at the annual meeting.
- 1974: For the first time since 1948 the SSF managed to keep the number of members constant. The number of members was around 21,500.
- 1987: For the first time official representatives of the city of Flensburg were invited to the Flensburg annual meeting. Since then, numerous important representatives of the city of Flensburg and the state of Schleswig-Holstein have attended the annual meeting. This also included the Prime Ministers Björn Engholm , Heide Simonis and Peter Harry Carstensen .
- 2006: For the first time the German national flag was hoisted at the annual meeting.
Chair of the SSF
- 1920–1940: Ernst Christiansen
- 1940–1945: Community council with the members Cornelius Hansen, IC Møller, Bernhard Hansen, Tage Jessen and LP Christensen, who was later replaced by Samuel Münchow
- 1945–1946: Samuel Münchow
- 1946-1946: IC Møller
- 1946–1949: Cornelius Hansen
- 1949–1957: Niels Bøgh Andersen
- 1957–1964: Hermann Tychsen
- 1964–1965: Niels Bøgh Andersen
- 1965–1977: Ernst Meyer
- 1977–1989: Ernst Vollertsen
- 1987–2003: Heinrich Schultz
- 2003–2013: Dieter Paul Küssner
- 2013–2019: Jon Hardon Hansen
- since 2019: Gitte Hougaard-Werner
According to their own information.
- Secretariat. Retrieved February 10, 2018 .
- Thomas Steensen: The Frisian Movement in North Frisia in the 19th and 20th Centuries (1879-1945). Karl Wachholtz Verlag, 1986, p. 229.
- Sydslesvigsk SSF medlemstal 1946-2004 ( Memento of 27 September 2007 at the Internet Archive )