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Rowing Clubs within Young-Germany-Federation (Germany)

Ruderclubs im Jungdeutschland-Bund (1911-1933)

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[DRV-pennant 1901] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Oct 2007
old pennant of the Deutscher Ruderverband (DRV, German Rowing Association) See also:

Introduction of Jungdeutschland-Bund

Jungdeutschland-Bund (lit. Young-Germany-Federation) was created by decree of the Prussian government, mainly caused by the ministry of war. The first chairman was field-marshal Colmar Freiherr (= baron) von der Goltz. The target was, to embed elements of a pre-military education into the public juvenile education. Before WW1 35 organizations with altogether 680,000 members joined the federation, among those the German Scouts Federation (Pfadfinderbund), hiking-, athletics- and sports clubs. Another 62,000 members belonged to direct branch organizations within the federation.
After WW1 the federation was to be deleted. Since 1921 there had been attempts, to involve also the labourers' youth. But plans failed in 1923 and the federation declined and many members left the organization.
During the following years the federation changed from a civic middle-class organization to a more and more rightist federation. The youth organizations of DVP, DNVP and finally NSDAP became members of the federation. In 1933 the federation was de jure dissolved and incorporated into Deutsches Jugendwerk, the NS-youth-organization.

The status of both clubs mentioned below within the federation is not quite evident. It seems however that "Sparta" was a sports club and member, whilst "Jungdeutschland" was a branch organization of the federation, especially, as its chairman Baron von der Goltz was also honorary president of Jungdeutschland-Bund.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 June 2014

WSVg Sparta Berlin

[WSVg Sparta Berlin (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 June 2014

Name: Wassersport Vereinigung "Sparta" (Ruderriege des Jungdeutschland-Bundes)
Located in: Berlin-Neukölln
Established: 9 March 1911
Dissolved: unknown
Description of flag:
It was a blue over white over blue horizontal triband. The white stripe contained three red 6-point stars.
Source: Der Rudersport (weekly); editions I/19/8 May 1912 and II/9/26 February 1913
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 June 2014

Jungdeutschland-RV Gross-Berlin

[Jungdeutschland-RV Gross-Berlin (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 June 2014

Name: Jungdeutschland-Ruderverein Gross-Berlin eV
Located in: Berlin
Established: 22 December 1912
Dissolved: probably 1933
Description of flag:
On the white flag was a big Iron Cross, superimposed by a disc, cotized black-white-black. The disc was divided per bend sinister into black over white over red, i.e. the German national colours. Those were superimposed by a white (?) branch of oak, consisting of one leaf and one acorn.
Source: Der Rudersport (weekly); editions I/13/27 March 1912 and II/12/19 March 1913
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 June 2014

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