The Association of National Minorities in Germany (German: Verband nationaler Minderheiten in Deutschland) was an umbrella organization and pressure group created in 1924 at the initiative of the Union of Poles in Germany which aimed at representing the interests of the Polish, Danish, Sorbian, Frisian and Lithuanian minorities in the German Weimar Republic. It was dissolved by the Nazi regime in 1939.[1][2]

In the Prussian Landtag, the Polish List had already got two mandates at the 1922 elections, Johann Baczewski and Josef Wajda (who died in 1923 and was replaced by Stanislaus Graf von Sierakowski). At the following 1925 elections, the Polish List was supported by the Association of National Minorities but it did not get more seats, Johann Baczewski was reelected and Ceslau Klimas also made his entry to the Landtag.[3]

The Sorbish Jan Skala, a founding member of the Lausitzer Volkspartei in 1919 and since 1925 an employee of the Union of Poles in Germany, was the editor in chief of the Association of National Minorities' magazine, Kulturwille (1925-1926), later renamed Kulturwehr till its closure by the Nazi regime in 1936.[4]


  1. Marianne Krüger-Potratz, Dirk Jasper, Fremdsprachige Volksteile" und deutsche Schule: Schulpolitik für die Kinder der autochthonen Minderheiten in der Weimarer Republik : ein Quellen- und Arbeitsbuch (Volume 2 von Interkulturelle Bildungsforschung), Waxmann Verlag, 1998, ISBN 9783893256259 p. 310
  2. Ferdinande Knabe, Sprachliche Minderheiten und nationale Schule in Preussen zwischen 1871 und 1933: eine bildungspolitische Analyse (Volume 325 von Internationale Hochschulschriften), Waxmann Verlag, 2000, ISBN 9783893258383 pp. 64-65 n.71
  3. Preußen in: Wilhelm Heinz Schröder / Wilhelm Weege / Martina Zech: Kollektive Biographie der Landtagsabgeordneten der Weimarer Republik 1918-1933.
  4. see the Jan Skala article in the German language wikipedia

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