Gommern

Gommern is a town in the Jerichower Land district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated approximately 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Magdeburg. On January 1, 2005, the municipalities Dannigkow, Dornburg, Karith, Ladeburg, Leitzkau, Menz, Nedlitz, Vehlitz and Wahlitz have been incorporated into Gommern. On January 1, 2008, Prödel was incorporated, and on January 1, 2009, Lübs was incorporated.

Gommern
Town hall

Coat of arms
Location of Gommern within Jerichower Land district
Gommern
Gommern
Coordinates: 52°4′N 11°50′E
CountryGermany
StateSaxony-Anhalt
DistrictJerichower Land
Government
  MayorJens Hünerbein (party-less)
Area
  Total159.96 km2 (61.76 sq mi)
Elevation
54 m (177 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total10,543
  Density66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
39245
Dialling codes039200
Vehicle registrationJL
Websitewww.gommern.de

Local council

Elections in October 2005:

Party Vote share
SPD33.7%
FDP24.0%
CDU23.5%
FWGL9.4%
The Left9.3%

Elections in May 2014:[2]

Party Vote share No. seats
CDU30.7%9
FWGL24.8%7
SPD18.5%5
The Left11.1%3
FDP6.7%2

Dornburg

Charles, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst, had a new castle built at Dornburg near Gommern from 1674, which he gave to his brother, John Louis I, Prince of Anhalt-Dornburg. It was inherited by the latter's second son, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst. In 1747 he died and the castle burnt down in 1750. His widow, Johanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp, governed the principality of Anhalt-Zerbst for her son Frederick Augustus until 1752. She had the new castle at Dornburg built as her thirds from 1750, a lavish baroque palace prepared to host her brother, Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, or her daughter Sophie Auguste Fredericka, who in 1743 had married the Russian crown prince Peter III, to become empress in 1762, better known as Catherine the Great. However, neither of them ever visited, and the dowager princess and her son were forced into exile when Prussian forces invaded Anhalt-Zerbst during the Seven Years' War in 1758. Frederick the Great, who had actually proposed the Russian marriage, accused the princess and her son to support Russia, then his war enemy. Johanna Elisabeth died in Paris in 1760 and her son, Frederick Augustus, never returned to Zerbst and continued to live in Basel and Luxemburg. Upon his death in 1793, the Principality of Anhalt-Zerbst came to an end. The palace nowadays is owned by the State of Sachsen-Anhalt, but remains in critical condition due to a lack of renovation. It is said to be offered for sale.

Personalities

  • Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), physician and founder of homeopathy, from 1782 to 1785 physics in the office Gommern
  • Otto Theodor Alfred Hensel (1889-1966), honorary citizen, mayor of Gommern 1945-1955

References

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