Eberstein, Austria

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Eberstein
Eberstein1.jpg
Coat of arms of Eberstein
Coat of arms
Location of Eberstein
Eberstein is located in Austria
Eberstein
Eberstein
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°48′N 14°34′E / 46.800°N 14.567°E / 46.800; 14.567Coordinates: 46°48′N 14°34′E / 46.800°N 14.567°E / 46.800; 14.567
CountryAustria
StateCarinthia
DistrictSankt Veit an der Glan
Government
 • MayorAndreas Grabuschnig
Area
 • Total65.2 km2 (25.2 sq mi)
Elevation
580 m (1,900 ft)
Population
(1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total1,319
 • Density20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
9372
Area code04264
Websitewww.eberstein.at

Eberstein (Slovenian: Svinec) is a town in the district of Sankt Veit an der Glan in the Austrian state of Carinthia.

Geography[edit]

The municipality lies in the central Görtschitz valley at the foot of the Saualpe.

World War II[edit]

Peter Pearson tells a story about the region on the BBC Website "WW2 People's War". He says that Signal Platoon of HQ Company 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters came from Italy into Eberstein, Austria in 1945, and that it was

Somewhere in the area between St Viet and Neumark we eventually came to a stop in an idyllic picturesque village called Eberstein. It was the sort of place you see on Austrian postcards with a clear sparkling river (complete with trout) and green meadows full of wild flowers, and cows with tinkling bells round their necks. There was a castle here known as Schloss Eberstein.

[2]

He goes on to describe the surrender at Eberstein of 30,000 Cossack troops, with 20,000 horses, who had been fighting on the Axis side, many of whom he describes as Ukrainian. They were eventually turned over to the Red Army at Judenburg as part of the Repatriation of Cossacks after WWII.[2]

References[edit]

[2]

  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Eberstein.
  2. ^ a b c BBC. "BBC - WW2 People's War - Peter Pearson's War Story". BBC. Retrieved 2009-01-24.