Windmill in Kröpelin
|• Mayor||Thomas Gutteck|
|• Total||67.26 km2 (25.97 sq mi)|
|Elevation||60 m (200 ft)|
|• Density||71/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||038292, 038294|
Kröpelin first appears in the written record in 1177 as Crapelin a settlement with Wendish origins. The town's name probably derives from the Slavic word crepelice meaning the place of quail. Kröpelin was granted Lubeck rights in 1249. Granted a town charter on 25 August 1250 by Heinrich Borwin III of Rostock it was known as a shoemakers' town based on the number of people who worked in that profession.
The town has experienced a number of devastating fires during its history, in 1377, 1560, 1580, 1738 and 1774.
The early nineteenth century saw Jewish immigration into Kröpelin. The Jewish community built a cemetery outside the town in 1821. During the 1938 November pogrom it was desecrated by the Nazis and then fell until ruin. After the Second World War a memorial stone was erected to those members of the town's Jewish community who had died in the holocaust. In 2012, the cemetery was the subject to a number of anti-Semitic attacks, including criminal damage and racist graffiti.
- "Statistisches Amt M-V – Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden 2018". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2019.
- Kröpelin Council (1999) The History of Kröpelin, Part I, Kröpelin P241-242
- "Rostock, Germany - Swastikas Sprayed On Tombstones In Kroepelin Cemetery". VINNews.com. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- "Jewish cemetery defaced". CFCA. Retrieved 12 September 2012.[permanent dead link]