Grabow

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Grabow
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Grabow
Coat of arms
Grabow is located in Germany
Grabow
Grabow
Coordinates: 53°16′N 11°34′E / 53.267°N 11.567°E / 53.267; 11.567Coordinates: 53°16′N 11°34′E / 53.267°N 11.567°E / 53.267; 11.567
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Ludwigslust-Parchim
Municipal assoc. Grabow
Government
 • Mayor Ulrich Schult
Area
 • Total 47.68 km2 (18.41 sq mi)
Elevation 26 m (85 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,751
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 19300
Dialling codes 038756
Vehicle registration LWL
Website www.grabow.de

Grabow (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁaːbo]) is a town in the Ludwigslust-Parchim district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It is situated on the river Elde, 7 km (4.35 mi) southeast of Ludwigslust, and 34 km (21.12 mi) northwest of Wittenberge. It is twinned with Whitstable, in Kent.

History[edit]

The name Grabow is of Slavic Polabian origin, grab means "hornbeam". Names with this root occur often in Mecklenburg. It was only slightly changed as Grabowe (1186, 1252, 1275) and Grabow (1189, 1298). Pope Urban III. mentions castle Grabow for the first time in a letter from February 23, 1186. The city received city law in 1252 from the Count of Dannenberg. On 3 June 1725 the city was destroyed by a great fire. The palace was never rebuilt. At least since the 18th century there were Jews in the city, who left behind a synagogue and a cemetery. Both of them were damaged during the Kristallnacht. The historical center of Grabow is distinguished by its close core of timber-framed houses of the 18th century.

Otto Plath, the father of Sylvia Plath, immigrated from Grabow to America.

External links[edit]

Media related to Grabow at Wikimedia Commons

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