The Tiroler Volksbund was a Pan-Germanist association founded on May 5, 1905.

The organization was dedicated to the idea that Tyrol should remain united and opposed movement toward autonomy in the southern Trentino region. It promoted an anti-Italian program of Germanization in the southern region.[1][2]

In his 1911 pamphlet Il Trentino veduto da un socialista, Benito Mussolini gives an overview of the situation in Trentino: On the one hand, there are Pan-German organizations such as Volksbund, the Deutscher Schulverein and Süd-Mark, while from other hand you have associations in defense of Italian language and cultural such as the Lega Nazionale e le società Pro Patria.[3][4]

In 1919 it changed its name to the Andreas-Hofer-Bund Tirol. During the 1920s and 1930s it collaborated with Deutscher Schulverein to finance a system of clandestine German schools. The organization was dissolved in 1938, after the Anschluss, by order of the Third Reich.

On August the 15, 1994 the association has been re-founded.


  1. ^ Alcide De Gasperi (1964). I cattolici trentini sotto l'Austria. pp. 131–133.
  2. ^ I cattolici trentini fra senso della nazionalità e fedeltà all’impero
  3. ^ Benito Mussolini (1911). Il Trentino, veduto da un socialista : note e notizie. Firenze: La rinascita del libro. pp. 20–34.
  4. ^ Treccati online