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|Coordinates: 51°16′40″N 12°23′00″E|
|• Mayor||Karsten Schütze (SPD)|
|• Total||31.36 km2 (12.11 sq mi)|
|Elevation||132 m (433 ft)|
|• Density||790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||0341, 034297, 034299|
|Vehicle registration||L, BNA, GHA, GRM, MTL, WUR|
The town now called Markkleeberg has its origins in several towns that have been merged over the years. The center of modern-day Markkleeberg used to be called Oetzsch. It was merged with the smaller outlying district Markkleeberg in 1911 and renamed Oetzsch-Markkleeberg. Oetzsch-Markkleeberg was in turn merged with Gautzsch and the whole town was called "Markkleeberg", although Markkleeberg was the smallest, because it sounded most Germanic at a time of Nazi-led Germanisation.
The etymology of Markkleeberg may be 'clover hill market town '.
In 1813 much of the Battle of Leipzig took place where today's Markkleeberg is situated.
During 1944-1945, a forced labor camp for women was established in the town, initially a subcamp of the Ravensbrück concentration camp and later of Buchenwald. Among the inmates were a thousand Jewish women from Hungary and 250 French resistance fighters. In early April 1945 the surviving inmates were transferred to the Mauthausen-Gusen camp in Austria.
(Source since 1998: Statistical bureau of Saxony)
Markkleeberg is twinned with:
- "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen jeweils am Monatsende ausgewählter Berichtsmonate nach Gemeinden" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2019.
- Stessel, Zahava. "Memorial tablet for victims of the Women's Camp of Buchenwald" (in German). Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- "Homage to Frau Dr. Zahava Stessel, nee Katalin Szasz, survivor of the camp". www.markkleeberg.de/de/startseite/ Mark*Klee*Berg in Sachsen (in German). Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- "Life and Living in Markkleeberg". www.eigentumswohnung-kaufen-leipzig.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-11-23.