Ostritz

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Ostritz
Coat of arms of Ostritz
Coat of arms
Location of Ostritz
Ostritz is located in Germany
Ostritz
Ostritz
Ostritz is located in Saxony
Ostritz
Ostritz
Coordinates: 51°0′53″N 14°55′56″E / 51.01472°N 14.93222°E / 51.01472; 14.93222Coordinates: 51°0′53″N 14°55′56″E / 51.01472°N 14.93222°E / 51.01472; 14.93222
CountryGermany
StateSaxony
DistrictGörlitz
Government
 • MayorMarion Prange
Area
 • Total23.39 km2 (9.03 sq mi)
Elevation
207 m (679 ft)
Population
(2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total2,307
 • Density99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
02899
Dialling codes035823
Vehicle registrationGR
Websitewww.ostritz.de

Ostritz is a town in the district Görlitz, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the border with Poland, on the left bank of the Lusatian Neisse, 16 km south of Görlitz.

It was the scene of a small battle in the Seven Years' War, described in a contemporary journal as follows: On 31st December 1756 a picket of Prince Heinrich's Regiment under the command of Major Heinrich von Blumenthal, which had been sent out from Zittau to Ostritz, was attacked by 500 Croats who, notwithstanding their numerical superiority were thoroughly beaten off. The Croats got right into the town and set fire to some houses, but the fires were put out. The most serious loss on the Prussian side was the brave Major von Blumenthal, who fell right at the beginning of the action.

In recent years, the town has become known for its efforts in recycling and ecological renewable energy.[2]

It is also located next to the thirteenth century Cistercian nunnery, St. Marienthal Abbey,[3] which is still functioning.

One curious fact about the town is that due to territorial changes after the Second World War its railway station lies in the Polish village of Krzewina. It is part of the Görlitz-Zittau train line.

Incidents[edit]

The "Shield and Sword" festival (or "SS Festival" for short) was launched on 20 April 2018 commemorating Adolf Hitler's birthday.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aktuelle Einwohnerzahlen nach Gemeinden 2017 (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). October 2018.
  2. ^ Deilmann, Astrid (22 August 2005). "Ökologische Modellstadt Ostritz: Energie-Vorreiter am östlichen Rand der Republik" (in German). SolarServer. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 January 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Neo-Nazi 'SS Festival' on Hitler's birthday countered by peace rally". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-04-20.