Diakonischer Verein Tirol
The Diakonische Verein Tirol is the responsible body for the student hostel Saggen.
The charitable organization was founded about 30 years ago and is a member of the Diakonie Österreich, the social welfare organization of Austria's Protestant churches. The aim of the organization is to help people to cope with their different needs.
By providing the Student hostel wants to give a temporary home to young people who study. The residents shall find an appropriate place for their studies and their community needs. The offer of affordable housing is available to young students, regardless of their denomination or nationality.
The committee duties are currently fulfilled by
Michael Orendi (chairman), Renate Wetjen (deputy chairwoman), Reinhard Würzner (deputy secretary), Michael Fritsch (treasurer), Silke Dantine (deputy treasurer) und Hannah Hofmeister (secretary) – from left to right in the picture above
Our house has had an eventful history
Around the beginning of the 20th century, a new district of Innsbruck was built, with many villas and parks in it. Jewish families settled here also. However, during the period of Aryanization they became more and more subject to threats. These threats reached a critical point on the "Kristallnacht", the night of 9th November 1938. Karl Bauer, who lived in the house with his wife Alice and their children Gerda and Alois, was attacked and heavily injured on this night. In 1939, the family fled to New York.
Following some difficulties, the property came back into the possession of Alice Bauer in 1948. In 1958, the Protestant Church of Austria (Augsburg Confession) bought the property. Until 1965, the house was home to up to one hundred Hungarian girls who had left their homeland in the course of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. In 1980, the property was given to the Diakonischer Verein Tirol in order to continue with the social use. The Student Hostel Saggen was extended and today provides a home to young students, of varying nationalities and religions.