School Clubs in the Francke Foundations (1843-1936)

Cohesion - Competition - Contest

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The political upheaval in the middle of the 19th century favored the formation of student associations. A particularly rich club life developed in the foundations, with eleven sporting, three artistic, three scientific and two religious associations. The aim of these associations was to educate their members in order and discipline, a sense of responsibility and comradely interaction. In friendly competition, the students measured their strength in the gymnastics clubs, accompanied the life of the institution with musical performances and successfully competed in supra-regional events. During the National Socialist era, the independence of the clubs was increasingly restricted until they were officially dissolved in 1936.

The exhibition shows photos, reports, posters and documents from the school archives documenting the activities of the student clubs between 1843 and 1936.