Collection of the German Theater Association of Transylvania
Hauptverein für das deutsche Theater in Siebenbürgen
The collection consists of statutes, membership lists, meeting minutes, correspondence, and other papers from the offices of the German Theater Association of Transylvania (Hauptverein für das deutsche Theater in Siebenbürgen), founded in Sibiu in 1922, and led by Dr. Iulius Bielz. Although there is no evidence of Jewish involvement, this collection does shed light on the increasingly German nationalist orientation of the Transylvanian Saxon community during the interwar period. See, for example, număr curent 11, a performance repertory. There are some materials regarding the performance of a play by Fritz Heinz Reimesch, a Saxon living in Germany; these materials often use words such as “Volksdeutsche” and “Volksgenosse,” and the play is a nationalistic affair about the defense of Hermannstadt by the Nachbarschaften (Saxon neighborhood organizations), set in the past. Elsewhere the director of the organization pleads for assistance in setting up theatrical events for the Swabians of Banat, as this region is being threatened with greater Romanianization; a representative of the Sighișoara branch mentions theatergoers “of other nationalities,” but says that they are few.
Hauptverein für das deutsche Theater in Siebenbürgen (German Theater Association of Transylvania)
0.2 linear meter (26 units)
No information is provided as to when these papers were acquired by the National Archives from the association.
fond Asociația teatrală germană; inventar 177, număr curent 2
fond Asociația teatrală germană; inventar 177, număr curent 2; Arhivele Naționale ale României, Direcţia Judeţeană Sibiu