A note about student societies in Germany.

In the XVIII century a passion for secret societies affected many people including students. At that time there existed student orders or societies, that had many ways copied the pattern of Freemasonry. One of such unions, Mosellaner (Moselbund), was set up in Jena in 1746. Later they formed a fraternity, the Amizisten (Amicistenorden), with its well-known motto “True friendship is a fruit of honour”. The order espoused some liberal ideas but they were doomed to die. Student societies splitted the academic Bürgerschaft into two parts. Members of the fraternities showed disdain for the uninitiated, while the latter were highly displeased with the societies’ policies. The discord between the two parties was a fertile ground to nuture mutual outrage, which led to the Gießen battle in 1777.

As a result of the orders activity, especially the Amizisten, the student unions caused government discontent: the authorities suspected the societies of having a secret political agenda. According to Regensburg Reichstag’s decision, the students societies were proclaimed out of law. Inspite of this, the Amizisten, the Burschenschaft predecessors, continued to attend their sessions in secret. At long last the Jena academic senate banished cum infamia the last twelve members of the Amizisten order.

Suggestions for further reading:
1. Friedrich Christian Laukhard. Der Mosellaner – oder Amicisten – Orden nach seiner Entstehung, inneren Verfassung und Verbreitung auf den deutschen Universitäten, Halle 1799

3 Kommentare zu “A note about student societies in Germany.”

Tanner   September 19th, 2008

cool blog. do you know where i can find any of Adam Weishaupt’s writings in english?

Ron   September 24th, 2008

Thank you for your interest in our web-resource, Tanner.
As far as I know, there is no proper english translation of his texts in the Internet by now. I think that a good and reliable source of information on this topic might be the site of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Youkon. There are very good informative papers regarding the Weishaupt’s Illuminatenorden. Here is the link:

freemasonry.bcy.ca/anti-masonry/stauffer.html

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