Oschersleben

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For the race track, see Motorsport Arena Oschersleben.
Oschersleben
Coat of arms of Oschersleben
Coat of arms
Oschersleben   is located in Germany
Oschersleben
Oschersleben
Coordinates: 52°1′N 11°15′E / 52.017°N 11.250°E / 52.017; 11.250Coordinates: 52°1′N 11°15′E / 52.017°N 11.250°E / 52.017; 11.250
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Börde
Government
 • Mayor Dieter Klenke (Ind.)
Area
 • Total 188.92 km2 (72.94 sq mi)
Elevation 85 m (279 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 20,079
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 39387, 39398
Dialling codes 03949, 039408
Vehicle registration BK, BÖ, HDL, OC, OK, WMS, WZL
Website Stadt Oschersleben

Oschersleben is a town in the Börde district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The population in 1905 was 13,271, in 2005 about 18,000.

Geography[edit]

Oschersleben is located near the river Bode, 24 miles south west of Magdeburg in a region called Magdeburger Börde. The river Bode reaches its northernmost point outside the town. Oschersleben is the most important railway station of the Magdeburg–Halberstadt–Thale line.

History[edit]

St. Nicolai church in Oschersleben
statue in Oschersleben

On November 23 994 Oschersleben was first mentioned in a document by the Emperor Otto III. In 1235 it was first referred to as a town. In the 17th century most parts of Oschersleben were destroyed by fires. In 1648 it came under Brandenburg's domination. Oschersleben became a district capital in 1816 and was connected to the railway system in 1843.

In the years previous to World War II Oschersleben expanded due to the airplane manufactory (AGO Flugzeugwerke) that was founded there and needed numerous workers. This armament factory was also the reason why the Allied attacked the town in ten air strikes.

During the period of the German Democratic Republic Oschersleben was a center of agriculture in the region. Besides some industrial establishments settled there, for example the still existing manufacturer of pumps as well as sugar refineries, iron-foundries, breweries, machine-shops and brick works.

Since 2000, the Motopark Oschersleben race track is used in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and other series. In 2005, the circuit was renamed as Motorsport Arena Oschersleben because of an insolvency of the investors.

In 1992, a potato processing plant of the company Agrarfrost was built, that produces French fries and potato chips.[2] The plant processes about 140,000 tons of potatoes a year.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden 31.12.2012". Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt (in German). January 2014. 
  2. ^ homepage of Agrarfrost
  3. ^ State Administration Office Saxony-Anhalt Press Release No: 107/09

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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