Baltic Nations' Conventions
After their resettlement in 1939, many Baltic Germans had the desire to meet regularly with their fellow countrymen and women scattered all over the world.
So, beginning in the 1960s, an annual meeting, a so called "Convention", took place. Its purpose was to foster and pass on the old Baltic traditions. The event was held at the Heidelberg castle.
Over the years, as more and more exiled Latvians and Estonians participated, the Convention became a "Baltic Nations' Convention". Due to the political situation, the Estonians and Latvians who still lived in their homeland were unable to participate.
In 1991, the Baltic countries as well as Poland regained their freedom and an active student life developed. Thoughts of the old student culture and their traditions re-emerged. A desire to be a part of the annual Baltic Nations' Convention and to organize them as a host arose.
Since then, the Convention has been held alternately in Tartu (Estonia), Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland), Hamburg, Göttingen, and Munich.
The purpose of the Convention is not only to foster old traditions, but to also offer the participants a forum for discovering other countries, strengthening the bonds of friendship as well as exchanging academic knowledge and developing professionally.
This forum is increasingly being utilized by Estonians, Latvians, Poles and Germans for professional orientation, the pursuit of research in each other's countries, as well as for building human and professional contacts.