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Windmill in Kröpelin
Windmill in Kröpelin
Coat of arms of Kröpelin
Coat of arms
Kröpelin   is located in Germany
Location of Kröpelin within Rostock district
Kröpelin in LRO.svg
Coordinates: 54°04′N 11°47′E / 54.067°N 11.783°E / 54.067; 11.783Coordinates: 54°04′N 11°47′E / 54.067°N 11.783°E / 54.067; 11.783
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Rostock
 • Mayor Thomas Gutteck
 • Total 67.26 km2 (25.97 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m (200 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 4,773
 • Density 71/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 18236
Dialling codes 038292, 038294
Vehicle registration LRO

Kröpelin is a town in the Rostock district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It is situated 9 km southwest of Bad Doberan, and 23 km west of Rostock.

Kröpelin first appears in the written record in 1177 as Crapelin a settlement with Wendish origins. The town's name probably derives from the Slavic word crepelice meaning the place of quail. Kröpelin was granted Lubeck rights in 1249. Granted a town charter on 25 August 1250 by Heinrich Borwin III of Rostock it was known as a shoemakers' town based on the number of people who worked in that profession.

The town has experienced a number of devastating fires during its history, in 1377, 1560, 1580, 1738 and 1774.[2]

The early nineteenth century saw Jewish immigration into Kröpelin. The Jewish community built a cemetery outside the town in 1821. During the 1938 November pogrom it was desecrated by the Nazis and then fell until ruin. After the Second World War a memorial stone was erected to those members of the town's Jewish community who had died in the holocaust. In 2012, the cemetery was the subject to a number of anti-Semitic attacks, including criminal damage and racist graffiti.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 31.12.2016". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). January 2018. 
  2. ^ Kröpelin Council (1999) The History of Kröpelin, Part I, Kröpelin P241-242
  3. ^ "Rostock, Germany - Swastikas Sprayed On Tombstones In Kroepelin Cemetery". Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jewish cemetery defaced". CFCA. Retrieved 12 September 2012. [permanent dead link]

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