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
Town hall
Coat of arms of Gommern
Coat of arms
Location of Gommern within Jerichower Land district
Gommern in JL.png
Gommern is located in Germany
Gommern
Gommern
Gommern is located in Saxony-Anhalt
Gommern
Gommern
Coordinates: 52°4′N 11°50′E / 52.067°N 11.833°E / 52.067; 11.833Coordinates: 52°4′N 11°50′E / 52.067°N 11.833°E / 52.067; 11.833
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 councilEdit

Elections in October 2005:

Party Vote share
SPD 33.7%
FDP 24.0%
CDU 23.5%
FWGL 9.4%
The Left 9.3%

Elections in May 2014:[2]

Party Vote share No. seats
CDU 30.7% 9
FWGL 24.8% 7
SPD 18.5% 5
The Left 11.1% 3
FDP 6.7% 2

DornburgEdit

 
Dornburg Palace

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.

PersonalitiesEdit

  • 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden – Stand: 31. Dezember 2018" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt (in German).
  2. ^ "Gesamtergebnis Stadtratswahl 2014 der Einheitsgemeinde Gommern" (in German). Retrieved 2015-07-13.