▷ Volksbund President Wolfgang Schneiderhan / elected for another four years

22.10.2021 – 17:22

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V.

Kassel (ots)

The long applause from the delegates came from the heart: Wolfgang Schneiderhan was unanimously re-elected as President of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge at the Federal Representatives’ Day on October 22nd in Kassel. The only abstention was his own. Schneiderhan thanked for this “extraordinary trust”.

The Federal Representative Day, the general assembly of the Volksbund, is the highest political body of the Volksbund.

Big challenges – Corona was just one of them

Wolfgang Schneiderhan gave a brief review of his first term of office, which had presented him and the association with great challenges – difficult but also beautiful ones: such as the restructuring of the organization, the relocation of the federal office, the centenary of the Volksbund. Some of them required political instinct and diplomatic skill. It was and is particularly important for Schneiderhan to maintain relations with Eastern Europe despite the cold foreign policy climate. The corona pandemic also had a major impact on work and, above all, on the economic situation of the association. The house and street collection, which is extremely important for the donation organization, could not be carried out as usual and achieved significantly lower income. As a result, the Volksbund was only able to implement part of the planned projects and measures. As a result, the employees also had to go on short-time work.

From the card index to the cloud

The new president presented his plans for the next term of office with a sober but confident assessment. This includes, among other things, investments in the maintenance of war cemeteries abroad, but also the development of offers of assistance for war cemeteries in Germany. They do not fall within the area of ​​responsibility of the Volksbund, but the Volksbund offers support at the request of the municipalities.

The education sector, which has established itself as a permanent pillar of the Volksbund work, is to take on a cross-sectional task in the future. The organization of work of the more than hundred-year-old association is also to be further developed. The task of digitization was illustrated with the picture “The jump from the card index to the cloud”.

The two Vice Presidents Wolfgang Wieland and Richard Reisinger were both unanimously re-elected. The federal treasurer Michael Breuer and his deputy Tore May were also unanimously confirmed in their offices. Dr. Thomas Bauer, Prof. Dr. Loretana de Libero, Detlef Fritzsch, Ansgar Salzwedel and Hartmut Tölle were confirmed as assessors. Dr. Gundula Bavendamm and Dr. Kristiane Haneke.

The federal executive board is becoming more female

The historian Gundula Bavendamm has headed the Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation Foundation (FVV) and the documentation center of the same name since 2016. The FAZ wrote that it had succeeded in uniting displaced people and science.

Kristiane Haneke, historian and Slavist with international experience in museum work, would like to get involved in the exhibition area of ​​the Volksbund and address the target group of young people.

Both candidates were unanimously elected to the federal executive board.

Press contact:

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V.
Federal Office
Public Relations Department
Minutes Communication
Press officer Diane Tempel-Bornett
Sonnenallee 1
34266 Niestetal
Tel.: 0561-7009-139
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Original content by: Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V., transmitted by news aktuell


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