BAD KÖSEN 1921 "KSCV" complete set + RARE Robert Ball envelope! German Notgeld
The 50 Pfennig note features two young "soldiers" wearing the distinctive hats and uniforms that represent the Kösener Senioren-Convents-Verband, one of the oldest and largest student organizations in Germany, and for which Bad Kösen is most famous. Indeed, under that picture reads: "Through four things is Kösen widely known: S.C. [presumably the full abbreviation KSCV was unnecessary inside Kösen], salt, brine, and the Saale's beaches." But of those four only the S.C. could possibly refer to the illustration of the young soldier-students above.
The KSCV is quite interesting, this is from the English-language Wikipedia article about the KSCV:
"During the period in which the National Socialist regime of the Third Reich (Ger. Drittes Reich) ruled Germany and its territories, a majority of member corps of the KSCV (namely five member corps which refused - Corps Borussia Halle (de), Corps Vandalia Heidelberg (de), Corps Rhenania Straßburg (de), Corps Suevia München (de), and Corps Suevia Tübingen (de)) refused to exclude Jewish members in addition to refusing to cooperate with the National Socialist youth movements, which were intended to replace the corps and other non-compliant student associations. Inevitably, this policy resulted in the forced closure and disbandment of the corps and, eventually, the KSCV. The dissolution of the KSCV was further ensured by Hitler after the May 1935 Heidelberg asparagus dinner disturbances, in which Corps Saxo-Borussia Heidelberg members had interfered with a broadcast speech by Hitler in which they sang satirical songs against the Nazis. The Hitler Youth, in particular, was a rival organization which gained supremacy as the premiere youth organization in Germany under the Third Reich."
That may paint far too rosy a picture of the organization, however, because the article about the same group on the German Wikipedia page sounds like an entirely different group. The KSCV forbade member clubs from allowing Jewish members to join in 1920, and on May 12, 1921 - less then three weeks before these notes were issued - the group added the following rule to its register of "Fundamental Decisions" (Grundsätzliche Entscheidungen): "The acceptance of Jews into a Corps is not permissible. "
Also during the Third Reich, the story appears much different in the German article, although with so many different individual student clubs, it's possible that both characterizations of the organization as a whole may be essentially correct.
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