Domowina

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Domowina
Domowina-Logo 2015.png
Founded1912
TypeNon-profit, NGO
Location
WebsiteOfficial website
Serbski dom - seat of the Domowina in Bautzen
Former ballroom and community center in Hoyerswerda, foundation of the Domowina

Domowina (Sorbian: "Home") is a political independent league of the Sorbian and Wendish people and umbrella organization of Sorbian societies in Lower and Upper Lusatia, Germany. It represents the interests of Sorbian people and is the continual successor of the previous Domowina League of the Lusatian Sorbs.

History[edit]

The Domowina institution, founded in Hoyerswerda in 1912, is situated in Bautzen (Budyšin).[1] The Domowina was closed by Nazi authorities in 1937 and reopened on 10 May 1945, right after the end of World War II, and regained official status in the German Democratic Republic.[2] Under East German rule, Domowina was a mass organization included in the National Front, and was effectively controlled by the SED. Though the government did recognize Sorbs as a linguistic community within the GDR, they were not recognized as a minority, which ran contrary to the demands of the league. Upon the fall of communism in East Germany and German reunification, Domowina was reformed yet again, this time as an independent organization.

Chairmen[edit]

Period Chairman
1912-1927
Arnošt Bart
1927-1930
Jakub Šewčik
1930-1933
Jan Křižan
1933-1950
Pawoł Nedo
1951-1973
Kurt Krjeńc
1964-1990
Jurij Grós[3]
1990-1991
Bjarnat Cyž
1991-1992
Jan Pawoł Nagel
1993-2000
Jakub Brankačk
2000-2011
Jan Nuk
from 2011
David Statnik

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of Domowina (in Upper Sorbian)-(in Lower Sorbian)-(in German)
  2. ^ Peter Kunze (1995). Kurze Geschichte der Sorben. Ein kulturhistorischer Überblick in 10 Kapiteln. Sächsische Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung, p. 70, ISBN 3-7420-1633-4 (in German)
  3. ^ Secretary of the Federal Executive of Domowina

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