South Tyrolean Heimatbund

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South Tyrolean Heimatbund
Südtiroler Heimatbund.jpg
Party chairman Roland Lang
founding February 9, 1974
Place of foundation Bolzano
Alignment patriotic , secessionist
colour White-red
Website South Tyrolean fight for freedom

The Südtiroler Heimatbund (SHB) sees itself as an association of South Tyrolean activists, such as those of the South Tyrol Liberation Committee , who were convicted of politically motivated crimes in Italy in the 1950s and 1960s until the South Tyrol package was implemented .


The goal of the South Tyrolean Heimatbund is the enforcement of the reunification of Tyrol with the Republic of Austria belonging to East - and North Tyrol , from which it since 1919 is constitutionally separate. The desired reunification is to be achieved either through a referendum or through gradual implementation.

The SHB sees the way to achieve these goals in the use of peaceful means in general and the right to self-determination recognized by international treaties also by Italy and Austria in particular. The SHB supports the Ladin ethnic group's right to self-determination in the same way. The SHB advocates the social concerns of former political prisoners and their rehabilitation.


In the spring of 1983 the SHB ran for parliamentary elections without obtaining a mandate; in autumn of the same year he won a full mandate with Eva Klotz in the state elections . In 1989 the SHB founded the Union for South Tyrol together with the member of the state parliament of the Party of Independents (PDU), Gerold Meraner , and with Alfons Benedikter, who had left the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP) .

Together with the South Tyrolean Schützenbund, the SHB organizes an annual commemoration ceremony on December 8th in St. Pauls for Sepp Kerschbaumer , Luis Amplatz and others.

From its foundation on February 9, 1974 to 1990, Hans Stieler was chairman of the SHB, from 1990 to 2011 Sepp Mitterhofer, who has held the post of honorary chairman ever since. Roland Lang has been chairman of the SHB since 2011. The SHB has a federal committee and a federal management and a district representative in each district of South Tyrol. Hartmuth Staffler has been the SHB's press spokesman since 2016.

Politically, since 2007, the South Tyrolean Freedom, which was co-founded by the SHB and which is intertwined with it in terms of personnel, has represented the goals of the federal government, which is therefore also considered to be "a Siamese twin of South Tyrolean freedom". Nevertheless, the SHB is also looking for cooperation with all parties, groups and associations in South Tyrol and with those of the Republic of Austria who use legal means to support South Tyrol's self-determination . The SHB also works in the non-partisan working group for self-determination (AGS).


The Südtiroler Heimatbund cooperates with the right-wing extremist book service Südtirol E. Kienesberger in Nuremberg . Since 2011 there have been very close contacts with the Bepin Segato Association in Zanè and the Raixe Venete Cultural Association in Fossò . The Südtiroler Heimatbund also works with the Andreas-Hofer-Bund Tirol , with whom in 2017 and 2019 it presented publications on the South Tyrol issue written by the former NPD activist Helmut Golowitsch .


On the occasion of the European Football Championship in 2016 , the South Tyrolean Heimatbund put a sticker into circulation with the text “ May the better win, only Italy not ”; this initiative has been criticized for its apparent unsportsmanlike conduct and anti-Italian resentment.

In November 2018, on the occasion of the centenary commemoration of the end of the First World War , which led to the division of Tyrol , the Heimatbund placed an oversized crown of thorns in the park of the Bolzano Victory Monument . The protest action was on the one hand endorsed, on the other hand it was called the "rampage of historical revisionism ".

In 2018, the SHB stylized a former fascist internment camp in Blumau for prisoners of war of the Allied forces as a concentration camp .

Web links


  2. ^ Federal Committee of the SHB 2016: Press release from June 4, 2016 . Retrieved July 8, 2016
  3. Hannes Obermair : Two democratic intercessions. , February 21, 2018, accessed March 9, 2018 .
  4. The 'Working Group for Self-Determination' is a non-partisan and cross-association organization that has made the exercise of self-determination for South Tyrol its main goal . Retrieved March 27, 2012
  5. Die Zeit, No. 39, Sept. 17, 2009: Patriotism - The Day of False Heroes . Retrieved May 31, 2015
  6. ^ SHB chairman (Roland Lang) pays tribute to the services of Peter Kienesberger. Retrieved October 25, 2015
  7. ^ Kerschbaumer memorial in Verona, December 6, 2014 . Retrieved September 26, 2015
  8. 50 years ago death in dungeon. Südtirol online , December 7, 2014 ( Memento from October 6, 2015 in the Internet Archive ). Retrieved September 26, 2015
  9. 50th anniversary of Kerschbaumer's death - memorial plaque unveiled. Überetscher Gemeindeblatt , December 19, 2014, No. 50, p. 18 . Retrieved September 26, 2015
  10. Press release of the South Tyrolean Heimatbund from September 24th 2017 . Retrieved October 26, 2017
  11. Press release of the South Tyrolean Heimatbund from April 4, 2019 . Retrieved May 12, 2019
  12. May-the-better-win sticker: Sent out by the South Tyrolean Heimatbund on June 10, 2016 . Retrieved July 8, 2016
  13. May the better win ... Article on Brennerbasedemokratie from June 11, 2016 . Retrieved July 8, 2016
  14. ^ RAI Südtirol : Hundredth thorn for crown of thorns (with photography), November 4, 2018, accessed on January 4, 2019
  15. ^ RAI Südtirol: Obermair: “Amoklauf des Geschichtsrevisionismus” , November 5, 2018, accessed on January 4, 2019
  16. ^ Thomas Vikoler: The discovery of Blumau. In: New South Tyrolean daily newspaper . September 14, 2018, accessed October 20, 2019 .