Jamel, Germany

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Ortsteil of Gägelow
Jamel is located in Germany
Location of Jamel (yellow dot) within Gägelow municipality (red) and Nordwestmecklenburg
Jamel (Locator Map).png
Coordinates: 53°52′24.61″N 11°18′16.18″E / 53.8735028°N 11.3044944°E / 53.8735028; 11.3044944Coordinates: 53°52′24.61″N 11°18′16.18″E / 53.8735028°N 11.3044944°E / 53.8735028; 11.3044944
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Nordwestmecklenburg
Municipal assoc. Grevesmühlen-Land
Municipality Gägelow
Elevation 74 m (243 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 35
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 23968
Dialling codes 03841
Vehicle registration NWM

Jamel is a German village in the municipality of Gägelow, in the Nordwestmecklenburg district, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


According to Mecklenburgisches Urkundenbuch (de), the village was first mentioned in 1230 as Jazel[1] On 1 July 1950, it merged with Wolde, as autonomous municipality, in the new one of Gressow (de), merged in 1961 into the current municipality of Gägelow.


Jamel is located at the end of a secondary road departing from the Bundesstraße 105 (de), between Gägelow (7 km (4.3 mi) far, in the east) and Grevesmühlen (11 km (6.8 mi) far in the west). It is 17 km (11 mi) from Wismar, 44 km (27 mi) from Schwerin and 60 km (37 mi) from Lübeck.

Far-right, Neo-Nazi extremism[edit]

As of 2011 the village of about 35 people has been heavily populated by German neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists who are mostly members or voters of the National Democratic Party of Germany.[2] NPD neo-Nazi Sven Krüger lives there after his release in 2016 from prison for illegal weapon possession.[3] Properties in the village are being let to other neo-Nazi sympathisers.[4]

A signpost near the main road pointed to Vienna, Paris, and to the birthplace of Adolf Hitler: Braunau am Inn.[5][6] In April 2011, the administrative court at Schwerin confirmed the order of the head official of Amt Grevesmühlen-Land, that the sign corresponds to the definition of Volksverhetzung (hate crime) and had to be removed. As of 2015, the sign was still displayed, albeit on private property. There is also a playground with a life rune (the Nordic symbol for fertility and life used by the Nazis) on a tree trunk.[7] The town also flies the Imperial German/1933-1935 flag on one of its buildings, residents give the Nazi salute and play Nazi-era songs.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in German) Some historical infos at nordwestmecklenburg.de Archived 2012-09-05 at Archive.is
  2. ^ "Exploring the 'Nazi Village' of Jamel". Vice News.
  3. ^ "Inside a 'neo-Nazi village'". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ Popp, Maximilian (3 January 2011). "The Village Where the Neo-Nazis Rule". Der Spiegel.
  5. ^ "Neo-Nazis dominate tiny German village". www.foxnews.com. Associated Press. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Anti-Nazi couple's barn burned down in eastern Germany". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Life in the Nazi village".
  8. ^ [1]

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