Since its foundation in 2003, the Action Group has aimed to serve the well-being of the Bobenthal village community. All efforts had the goal to promote the village in its shaping and to make it more enjoyable for everyone. Since 2016 the association has focused on the European project. The interest in the activities of the association, in particular with the documentation of the revolutionary events of 1950 in St. Germanshof, the monument to the European Union and its commitment to the dialogue of young people in Europe, has induced a whole series of personalities to join the association.
Members of the Executive Board of the Action Group Bobenthal-St. Germanshof e. V.
Chairman: Dr. Norbert Herhammer
Am Mühlbach 5, 67697 Otterberg, Fon: +49 (0)6301 798503
Vice-Chairman: Dr. med. Elisabeth Heister
Treasurer of the Association: Dr. Matthias Heister, Bonn
Secretary: Werner Hillen, Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V., LV Saarland, Saarbrücken
Assessor: Dr. Herbert Breiner, Charlotte Walter-Schimpf, Lisa Mandau
Join the group of friends and sponsors!
In order to receive the appropriate funds without being dependent on public funding, the entire project is to be supported both ideologically and financially by a group of friends and sponsors. Help us! Bring your expertise and commitment to the project. Provide information on further contacts in order to make as many people as possible available for the project and thus create the necessary conditions for the success of this important initiative.
Application for membership and direct debit authorization
The annual fee is 12.00 euros. The first year is free of charge for young people under the age of 25.
You can download the application for membership here. After filling in the application you can send it back to us.
Statutes of the Bobenthal-St. Germanshof e. V.
You can download the statutes here.
(Legally non-binding and translated version of the statutes)
Aktionsgemeinschaft Bobenthal – St. Germanshof e.V.
Am Mühlbach 5
Phone: +49 (0)6301 798503
The memorial marks the historic event of the student demonstration in 1950. On the initiative of the contemporary witness Dr. Herbert L. Breiner and the Action Group Bobenthal-St. Germanshof e.V. it was erected in 2007 across the former toll house at St. Germanshof. Based on the twelve stars of the European flag, the monument consists of twelve steles, which are adapted to the average height of a European. Today this meeting place is called "Place de la marche vers l'Europe".
In the context of growing discrepancies between the countries of Eastern and Western Europe and in the time of the brexit it is important to promote the dialogue of the European youth. The purpose of the Action Group is to further develop the former border station St. Germanshof / Weiler into a European memorial and meeting place. The culture of positive remembrance, learning from the past and responsibility for the common future will deepen the European awareness.
Herr Dr. h. c. Krause †
Herr Dr. Matthias Heister
Aktionsgemeinschaft Bobenthal-St.Germanshof e. V. -
BLZ: DE56 5489 1300 0070 2260 06
14 years Action Community Bobenthal - St. Germanshof e.V. Read the whole report here.
On August the 6th 1950 young people from many European countries succeeded for the first time in symbolically tearing down customs barriers and demonstrating ceremoniously for a federal Europe without internal borders. There is thus a strong connection both to the Hambach Festival and to the Schengen Agreement. The demands of the "border stormers" from St. Germanshof for a federal united Europe with an electoral government and parliament are still relevant today.
If in the future many young people experience "pure European history" at this symbolic place in order to be able to shape their future, it is to be hoped that the people in Europe will understand themselves more as European citizens.
Head shaking over EU regulations, bureaucracy, waste of money, slowness and controversy... Europe is more than that. And - as historical events show - Europe has achieved more than even brave visionaries dreamed. But Europe needs more positive places, places that inspire courage. They exist. They are on our doorstep.
Professional politicians express their visions of and for Europe. Good.
But what do the citizens want, what do young people want?
How far do these wishes diverge?
Which visions does today's youth have of the future Europe?
What should the Europe look like in which we will live one day?