Theological Konvikt Berlin

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Coordinates: 52 ° 31 '44 "  N , 13 ° 23' 26.7"  E

Theological Konvikt Berlin
Theological Konvikt Berlin
Type Evangelical-Theological Convict
address Borsigstrasse 5
10115 Berlin
state Berlin
country Germany
Regional church Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia
Ephorus Volker Jastrzembski
Senior Kevin Krumbiegel
Website URL

The Theologische Konvikt Berlin (formerly Sprachenkonvikt Berlin ) is a Berlin student residence hall . It has been operated by the Hilfswerk-Siedlung GmbH since 2018. The "Gemeinschaft des Theologische Konvikts Berlin e. V. “continues the tradition of the house.

It is located on Borsigstrasse in Berlin-Mitte in the immediate vicinity of the Golgothakirche of the Evangelical Parish on Weinberg . The Evangelical Student Congregation Berlin is also housed in the premises of the Theological Convict with an emergency fund and room. The building ensemble is on the Berlin list of monuments. The former Sprachenkonvikt Berlin is mentioned in Regina Scheer's novel Machandel from 2014.

Life in the Konvikt

Life in this Konvikt is particularly characterized by intercultural (residents from all continents) and interdenominational (Orthodox, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic) / interreligious (Christian, Muslim and Jewish) academic and non-academic learning. These learning effects result, among other things, from shared use of the hall kitchens and from homework on a wide variety of topics and occasions.

The fixed framework of a semester is formed by self-designed services at the beginning and the end of the semester in the Golgothakirche. The students regulate many matters themselves and regularly elect a replacement, the senior council, consisting of three senior citizens and one senior. Among other things, the senior council holds two general assemblies of residents every semester. In-house matters are regulated there on a democratic basis , such as the replacement of voluntary activities in the house.

Pastor Volker Jastrzembski is currently working full-time in the Konvikt as Ephorus.

The many common rooms, basement rooms, the bar cellar and a workshop offer additional space for celebrating or practicing musical instruments.


In 1878, Sophie and Adolph Loesche, a married couple from the upper classes of Berlin, had the orphanage "Zoar" built on the site at 5 Borsigstrasse. Their work aimed to provide the best possible training and Christian education for orphan girls and female employees in order to improve their social situation. From 1882 the work of Pastor Johannes Burckhardt was continued and expanded considerably. According to plans by government architect Otto March, Marienheim I was built as a social and diaconal center for single women with a dormitory, housekeeping school and job placement service.

From 1920 to 1950 the house was operated as a student residence by various Protestant organizations. From 1950 to 1991 the "Sprachenkonvikt" was housed here, a theological training center of the Protestant Church, at which a theology course could be completed outside the state universities and state control. Thanks to this intellectual freedom, the Sprachenkonvikt became a school of democracy and one of the intellectual centers of critical thinking in the GDR in the 1980s.

Among others, Eduard Berger , Rüdiger Bernhardt, Hans-Gebhard Bethge , Christoph Demke , Christoph Dieckmann , Hans-Peter Gensichen , Martin Gutzeit , Martin Herche , Ingolf Hübner, Eberhard Jüngel , Dieter Kaiser, Matthias Köckert , Thomas Koppehl, Wolf Krötke , Karsten Laudes , Markus Meckel , Jes Möller , Steffen Reiche , Richard Schröder , Stephan Steinlein , Wolfgang Ullmann and Dieter Vieweger lived and studied or taught in the Konvikt.

From 2010 to 2018 the association “Konvikt Borsigstraße 5 e. V. “for the preservation and profiling of the Theological Konvikt in the heart of the capital of Germany. Since then, his work has been supported by the non-profit "Gemeinschaft des Theologische Konvikts Berlin e. V. ”continued.


  • Matthias Köckert : From Language Convict to Theological Convict. In: Berlin Theological Journal . 26 (2009), ISSN  0724-6137 , pp. 256–272 ( [PDF; 123 kB; with own pagination , pp. 1–14]).
  • Wolf Krötke : The profile of the Berlin Language Convict for independent theologian training in the GDR. In: Journal for Theology and Church . 107 (2010), pp. 123–138 ( [PDF; 122 kB; with own pagination , pp. 1–17]).
  • Rudolf Mau : The "Language Convict". Theological training center of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg ("Church University Berlin-Brandenburg") 1950–1991. In: Berlin Theological Journal. 9 (1992), 107–118 ( [PDF; 143 kB; without pagination [pp. 1–17]]).
    • Reprinted in: Committed to God's Truth. Theological contributions from the Language Convict Berlin. Festschrift for Rudolf Mau. Edited by Matthias Köckert. Wichern-Verlag, Berlin 1993, ISBN 3-88981-061-6 .
  • Rudolf Mau: From the backyard to the heart of the capital. The contribution of the "Sprachenkonvikt" to the renewal of the theological faculty of the HU-Berlin. In: Hochschule Ost. Political-academic journal from East Germany. May 1992, OCLC 942838047 , pp. 10-22.
  • M. Waechter, AK Kauf, A. Formozov, M. Daues: “A real free space”. Former reports from the Language Convict and the Theological Convict 1950–2007. Theologisches Konvikt, Berlin 2008 (76 pages).
  • Friedrich Winter : The political relations of the "Language Convict" in Berlin. Dependence and freedom. In: Yearbook for Berlin-Brandenburg Church History. 62 (1999), ISSN  0075-2568 , pp. 201-226.

Web links

Commons : Theologisches Konvikt Berlin  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b contact persons. Management. In:, accessed on October 23, 2019.
  2. Contact persons. Seniorate. In:, accessed on May 13, 2020.
  3. Monument ensemble Hospiz Marienheim and theolog. Konvikt in Borsigstrasse
  4. [Former] website of the association “Konvikt Borsigstraße 5 e. V. “ ( Memento from October 22, 2019 in the Internet Archive ) In:, accessed on May 13, 2020 (on the history of the association).
  5. ^ The support association "Konvikt Borsigstraße 5 e. V. ". In:, May 13, 2020, accessed on May 14, 2020.
  6. Committed Konviktuale and sponsors found the association "Gemeinschaft Theologisches Konvikt Berlin". In:, June 21, 2018, accessed on May 14, 2020.