Vrbno pod Pradědem

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Vrbno pod Pradědem (Czech pronunciation: [ˈvr̩bno ˈpotpraɟɛdɛm]; German: Würbenthal) is a town in the Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic. It is located on the Opava River and has 6,072 inhabitants.

History[edit]

Austrian KK stamp cancelled after 1850 WÜRBENTHAL

Germans settlers founded the town in 1611. It was named after Heinrich von Würben, an influential citizen.[1]

Until 1918, WÜRBENTHAL was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), in the Freudenthal (Bruntál District), one of the 8 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Austrian Silesia.[2] According to the census of 1910 the town had 3,614 inhabitants, 3,519 of whom had permanent residence there. The census questioned also the native language: 3,519 (100%) were German-speaking. Most populous religious groups were Roman Catholics with 3,293 (91.1%), followed by Protestants with 307 (8.5%).[3]

In 1938, it was occupied by the Nazi army as one of the municipalities in Sudetenland. The German-speaking population was expelled in 1945 (see the Beneš decrees) and replaced by Czech settlers. The population fell below 800. The village was renamed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Details expected: role?
  2. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967
  3. ^ Ludwig Patryn (ed): Die Ergebnisse der Volkszählung vom 31. Dezember 1910 in Schlesien, Troppau 1912.

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Coordinates: 50°7′0″N 17°23′0″E / 50.11667°N 17.38333°E / 50.11667; 17.38333