Haltern am See
|Haltern am See|
New town hall
|• Mayor||Bodo Klimpel (CDU)|
|• Total||158.34 km2 (61.14 sq mi)|
|Elevation||40 m (130 ft)|
|• Density||240/km2 (620/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||02364 (Haltern am See), 02360 (Lippramsdorf)|
Haltern am See (Haltern at the lake, before December 2001 only Haltern) is a town and a municipality in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the Lippe and the Wesel–Datteln Canal, approx. 15 kilometres (9 miles) north of Recklinghausen.
Former Halteren was founded on February 3rd in 1289. They received the town charter by the prince-bishop of Münster, Everhard von Dienstag.
During Kristallnacht (1938), the town's synagogue, Jewish cemetery and the houses and shops belonging to the town's Jews were vandalised. Jews were deported to concentration camps, the last five of whom were deported in January 1942. Only one of the town's Jews survived the Holocaust: Alexander Lebenstein, after whom a school is named.
In March 2015, the town received international attention when 16 students and two teachers from the Joseph-König-Gymnasium in Haltern, were killed in the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash in the French Alps. They were on their way home from a student exchange with the Giola Institute in Llinars del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain. Haltern's mayor, Bodo Klimpel, described it as "the darkest day in the history of our city."
- Benedikt Höwedes, footballer for Schalke 04 and Germany, was born in the city
- Joseph König (1843-1930), chemist, after whom the Joseph-König-Gymnasium is named, was born in Lavesum in Haltern
- Alexander Lebenstein, Holocaust survivor, after whom the Alexander-Lebenstein-Realschule is named, was born in Haltern
- Christoph Metzelder, footballer for Schalke 04, was born in the city
- Bodo Klimpel, current mayor of Haltern am See, was born in Rourkela, State of Odisha, India
Haltern is twinned with:
- Rochford District, Essex, United Kingdom
- Roost-Warendin, France
- Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria
- Norwich, United Kingdom
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- Spector, Shmuel & Vigoder, Geoffrey (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust: A-J. p. 485.
- "Germanwings A320 Crash Victims Include 15 German Schoolchildren, Local Media Reports". International Business Times. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
- "16 schoolchildren believed to be aboard Germanwings plane that crashed in Alps". Yahoo News. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
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