INF WORLD CONGRESSES - 1956
5th 1956, BffL Hannover, Hannover, Germany
he 5th INF World Congress took place in Hanover/Germany from 24th till 26th
August 1956, organized by the DFK.
During his welcome speech the INF President Richard Ehrmann talked about a Congress of probation. „The 5th World Congress must be a Congress of Probation, not only for our International Federation, but for the movement altogether.
During the 3rd General Meeting of the INF Committee, which took place at the same time, the INF Committee will have to prove that it has worked in pursuit of the statutory objectives, to the
best of their knowledge and belief, and has tried to press ahead to our international cooperation.“The delegates were welcomed by the Mayor Wilhelm Weber, who said, among other things, said: „I would like to heartily welcome you at the start of the 5th World Congress in Hanover. I want to especially greet all those who came from foreign countries. Their large number shows me, how widespread your organization is in the world.
According to what I see in your program, your efforts are primarily aimed to promote people’s health.... I wish you that your meeting in Hanover will have a pleasant development. I hope you will enjoy your stay with us and you will take home good memories of Hanover and your events.“
The number of the groups affiliated to BSBA/Great Britain now was 30, there were 23 sites.
Portugal announced a 20% increase of members. A small club has been created in Luxembourg, which
joined the DFK Association of Aachen/Germany. Yugoslavia could not present positive news during this congress. The attempt to gather the local naturists at a club level had failed. The application of the club had been rejected, with the reason that„the association is not conform to our social structure.“ Several years will have to pass by till the Yugoslav naturists would be able to join together in associations.
The INF had contacts with different groups, like in Argentina, Japan, India, Belgian Congo, Egypt, Mexico and Ruanda-Urundi. In these countries, too, attempts to found associations failed due to opposition by the authorities. Dr. Richard Ehrmann withdrew his candidacy as president. The Danish editor Erik Holm became new INF President. His assistants were the Vice-presidents Erhard Wächtler/DFK, Albert Lecocq/FFN and Edi Fankhauser/ONS, in addition Ise Dissen/NFN and Alois Knapp/ ASA, Dr. Richard Ehrmann/Austria and Arthur Hodgson/Great Britain as well as Secretary Paul Neumann from Austria.
René Kielinger/ Switzerland remained the President of the Legal Commission. This commission received the task to elaborate new pro¬posals as to the division into the various mem¬bership categories. The Con¬gress protested by a resolution against the actions by the Federal Government in Bonn towards natu¬rism in the Federal Republic of Germany, about which a report already had been made earlier. (Please refer to 1953, August). The first edition of a „Naturist Guide“, where most of the naturist sites were listed, had been issued in Germany. Because of its German ori¬gin, this manual was called the „Naturist Holiday Guide“. Today this holiday guide is published in a totally new design as „FKK-Weltführer/Guide-Mondial /World- Handbook“. The INF was registered as proper association in Paris. This registration was very important, in order that the INF was able to execute legal for¬malities. During the 5th World congress the exhibition ,,Freikörperkultur im Bild“ (Naturism in Pictures) was shown for the first time, an exhibition with about 250 pictures, drawn up by Rudolf Beißbarth, the 2nd President and the Cultural Advisor of the DFK. Following the Congress the exhibition was shown in a number of German cities as well as in Austria (Vienna, Graz).