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Coat of arms of Strehla
Coat of arms
Strehla   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°21′09″N 13°13′33″E / 51.35250°N 13.22583°E / 51.35250; 13.22583Coordinates: 51°21′09″N 13°13′33″E / 51.35250°N 13.22583°E / 51.35250; 13.22583
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Meißen
 • Mayor Harry Güldner (CDU)
 • Total 30.07 km2 (11.61 sq mi)
Elevation 95 m (312 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,764
 • Density 130/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 01616
Dialling codes 035264
Vehicle registration MEI
Schloss Strehla in 19th century

Strehla (Polish: Strzelin, Upper Sorbian: Strjela) is a small town in the district of Meißen, Saxony, Germany. It is located on the river Elbe, north of Riesa. This place name means arrow in Sorbian. Strehla includes the following subdivisions:

  • Forberge
  • Görzig/Trebnitz
  • Großrügeln
  • Lößnig
  • Oppitzsch
  • Paußnitz
  • Unterreußen


Strehla was first mentioned in 1002, when its castle was set on fire by Polish King Boleslaw I, on his way back to Poland from a meeting with German King Henry; starting the German-Polish War of 1002-1018. During this war, Strehla went back and forth between Polish and German rule. It is situated on the Via Regia Lusatiae Superioris (Royal road of Upper Lusatia), which connected Görlitz to Leipzig. The castle of Strehla belonged to the Pflugk family from the 14th century until 1945.

Strehla is also regarded as the point towards the end of World War II where troops of the Western Allies heading East first encountered Soviet troops heading West, at 11:30am on April 25, 1945, when Lieutenant Albert Kotzebue of the 69th Infantry Division (United States) encountered a Russian on horseback at nearby Leckwitz, later identified as a trooper of a Soviet Guards rifle regiment.

The later encounter on the same day at 4:40 p.m. in Torgau, about twenty miles to the north, would go into history books as the official link-up. [2]


Theodor Schreiber 1876


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