Gilserberg

Gilserberg is a community in the Schwalm-Eder district in Hesse, Germany.

Gilserberg

Coat of arms
Location of Gilserberg within Schwalm-Eder-Kreis district
Gilserberg
Gilserberg
Coordinates: 50°57′N 09°04′E
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionKassel
DistrictSchwalm-Eder-Kreis
Subdivisions10 Ortsteile
Government
  MayorLothar Vestweber
Area
  Total61.58 km2 (23.78 sq mi)
Elevation
341 m (1,119 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total3,009
  Density49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
34630
Dialling codes06696
Vehicle registrationHR
Websitewww.gilserberg.de

Geography

Location

Gilserberg lies at the foot of the Kellerwald, a low mountain range, nestled in the Kurhessen Highland on Federal Highway (Bundesstraße) B 3, 60 km from Kassel and 30 km from Marburg.

Constituent communities

Together with the main centre, which also bears the same name as the whole municipality, the ten centres of Appenhain, Heimbach, Itzenhain, Lischeid, Moischeid, Sachsenhausen, Schönau, Schönstein, Sebbeterode and Winterscheid also belong to the community of Gilserberg.

History

Gilserberg had its first documentary mention in 1262.

Religion

Jewish community

There was a Jewish community in Gilserberg from the 18th century through to sometime after 1933. The Jewish population peaked about 1900 at 70 or more persons. The first synagogue was supposedly built about the beginning of the 19th century. A newer one was festively consecrated on 12 January 1898. However, it was destroyed on Kristallnacht (9 November 1938). At least four of the community's Jewish residents were murdered in Nazi death camps. All that is left nowadays in Gilserberg of the former Jewish community is a small Jewish graveyard.

Amalgamations

As part of Hesse's municipal reforms, the formerly independent communities of Gilserberg, Heimbach, Lischeid, Moischeid, Sachsenhausen, Schönau, Schönstein, Sebbeterode and Winterscheid voluntarily combined to form the community of Gilserberg on 1 January 1972. On 1 April of the same year, the communities of Appenhain and Itzenhain also joined, making the community complete.

Town partnership

References

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