Gundershoffen

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Gundershoffen
Gundershoffen in or shortly before 1898
Gundershoffen in or shortly before 1898
Gundershoffen is located in France
Gundershoffen
Gundershoffen
Coordinates: 48°55′N 7°40′E / 48.91°N 7.66°E / 48.91; 7.66Coordinates: 48°55′N 7°40′E / 48.91°N 7.66°E / 48.91; 7.66
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Haguenau
Canton Niederbronn-les-Bains
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Claude Muckensturm
Area1 17.55 km2 (6.78 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,503
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67176 / 67110
Elevation 163–261 m (535–856 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Gundershoffen is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

History[edit]

Archaeological finds such as coins, pottery and statues from the third century testify to the presence of a settlement here in the Gallo-Roman period.

The earliest surviving written record of the place dates from 1232, where the name used for the settlement is Guntershoven, a name which endured at least until the seventeenth century.

The village was at one stage owned by the Dukes of Lorraine. Like many villages in Alsace, Gundershoffen was ravaged by the Thirty Years War with savage depopulation resulting: it was subsequently repopulated by families from Switzerland.

In 1940 the Germans recovered Alsace and the little town suffered badly from the fighting of the Second World War. Liberation appeared in the form of the US Army on December 3, 1944, but the area was recaptured by German troops. Only in March 1945 were the German fighters finally expelled.

Landmarks[edit]

Gundershoffen possesses an eighteenth-century Protestant church and a modern Catholic one.

The Jewish cemetery dates from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century, and continues to be used by Gundershoffen and by the neighbouring commune of Reichshoffen.[1]

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