Göppingen is a town in southern Germany, part of the Stuttgart Region of Baden-Württemberg. It is the capital of the district Göppingen. Göppingen is home to the toy company Märklin, and it is the birthplace of football player Jürgen Klinsmann. It also hosts the headquarters of TeamViewer AG - the main sponsors of Manchester United.

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Location of Göppingen within Göppingen district
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Göppingen is located in Germany
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Göppingen is located in Baden-Württemberg
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Göppingen
Coordinates: 48°42′9″N 9°39′10″E / 48.70250°N 9.65278°E / 48.70250; 9.65278Coordinates: 48°42′9″N 9°39′10″E / 48.70250°N 9.65278°E / 48.70250; 9.65278
CountryGermany
StateBaden-Württemberg
Admin. regionStuttgart
DistrictGöppingen
Government
 • Lord mayor (2020–28) Alexander Maier[1] (Greens)
Area
 • Total59.22 km2 (22.86 sq mi)
Elevation
323 m (1,060 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total57,974
 • Density980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
73033–73037, 73116 (Krettenhof)
Dialling codes07161, 07165, 07163
Vehicle registrationGP
Websitewww.Goeppingen.de

GeographyEdit

Göppingen is situated at the bottom of the Hohenstaufen mountain, in the valley of the river Fils. The districts of Göppingen are Bartenbach, Bezgenriet, Faurndau, Göppingen, Hohenstaufen, Holzheim, Jebenhausen and Maitis.

HistoryEdit

Tradition holds that the city was founded by an Alemannic leader called Geppo sometime in the 3rd or 4th century. A disastrous fire on August 25, 1782 destroyed most of the town, but it was immediately rebuilt. Industrialisation during the 19th century made the area into a centre of industry. The importance of such industry is still seen in the town in the present day in companies such as Märklin and Schuler.

Jewish communityEdit

Göppingen and the nearby village of Jebenhausen were home to a thriving Jewish community from 1777 until the Second World War. In 1777, the Baron von Liebenstein issued a "Letter of Protection" granting Elias Gutmann and other Jews permission to settle in Jebenhausen. The community grew and peaked in the mid-1800s, with the population center shifting from Jebenhausen to Göppingen and a substantial emigration of Jewish families to America by the late 19th Century.[3] The Göppingen synagogue, constructed in 1881, was destroyed during the Kristallnacht from 9–10 November 1938.[4] Detailed records of the communities were collected by Rabbi Dr. Aron Tänzer, who served the community from 1907-1937, and who was also a driving force behind the establishment of the secular city library in Göppingen.[5] A comprehensive Jewish community history, Die Geschichte der Juden in Jebenhausen und Göppingen, was first produced by Tänzer in 1927, on the 150th anniversary of the settlement of Jebenhausen, and re-released in 1988 by the city of Göppingen with updated material added by Karl-Heinz Ruess.[6] The Jewish Museum in Jebenhausen, opened in 1992, documents and preserves the history of the Jewish community of Jebenhausen and Göppingen.[7]

Cooke BarracksEdit

In 1930, a civilian air field was built north of Göppingen. This was acquired by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) in 1935 and expanded into Fliegerhorst Kaserne. From 1945 through 1949, displaced persons and refugees were housed in the kaserne. In 1949, it was renamed Cooke Barracks in honor of Charles H. Cooke, Jr. who had been posthumously awarded the Silver Star and Soldier's Medal for gallantry in action. In late 1950, the VII Corps (US) had been reactivated in Stuttgart and U.S. Army units began to be stationed at Cooke Barracks. The barracks began to be expanded and was used as the 28th Infantry Division headquarters. The 28th Infantry was redesignated as the 9th Infantry Division (United States) in 1954 and was replaced by the 8th Infantry Division in 1956. They were then replaced by the 4th Armored Division in 1957, which was redesignated as the 1st Armored Division in 1971 and moved to Hindenburg Kaserne in Ansbach in 1972. The 1st Infantry Division (Forward) moved from Augsburg in 1972 until they were deactivated in 1991. Cooke Barracks was returned to the German government in 1992. The barracks were again used to house refugees for some time, then returned to civilian use.[8]

MayorsEdit

  • 1819–1824: Viktor David Keller
  • 1824–1858: Ludwig Heinrich Widmann
  • 1858–1881: Georg Christian Philipp Friedrich Seefried (1814-1881)
  • 1881–1908: Gottlob Friedrich Allinger
  • 1908–1919: Julius Keck (1869-1924)
  • 1919–1933: Otto Hartmann
  • 1933–1945: Erich Pack
  • 1945–1954: Christian Eberhard (1886-1973)
  • 1954–1980: Herbert König
  • 1981–1996: Hans Haller
  • 1997–2004: Reinhard Frank (born 1955), (CDU)
  • 2005-2021: Guido Till (born 1955), (SPD/independent/CDU)
  • since 2021: Alexander Maier (born 1991), (Greens)

SportEdit

Local sports club Frisch Auf Göppingen currently in the German first team handball men's top division Handball-Bundesliga.

MediaEdit

Göppingen has its own daily newspaper called "Neue Württembergische Zeitung".[9] The "Stuttgarter Zeitung" also has a local editorial office in Göppingen. In addition, Göppingen has its own local TV station, the "Filstalwelle". It can be received in the local cable network and via the web.[10] Göppingen also has "Radio Fips" which is a radio station operated by a non-profit association.

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

 
City hall

Göppingen is twinned with:[11]

Notable peopleEdit

 
Friedrich Christoph Oetinger 1775
  • Friedrich Christoph Oetinger (1702-1782), theologian, leading pietist
  • August Ludwig Schott (1751-1787), lawyer and university professor
  • Eduard Fuchs (1870-1940), scholar, writer, political activist
  • Hugo Borst (1881-1967), private art collector and patron of the arts
  • Adolf Kurz (1888-1959), wrestler
  • Karl Aberle (1901-1963), publisher and politician (SPD), member of Parliament, co-editor of the Neue Württembergische Zeitung
  • Hans Robert Jauss (1921-1997), literary scholar and linguist
  • Peter Häberle (born 1934), constitutional lawyer
  • F. W. Bernstein (born 1938), poet, artist and satirist
  • Frieder Birzele (born 1940), politician (SPD), former member of Landtag
  • Otto Hauser (born 1952), politician (CDU), Member of the Bundestag, parliamentary secretary and government spokesman
  • Brigitte Russ-Scherer (born 1956), jurist, 1999-2007 mayor of Tübingen (SPD)
  • Charles Pelkey (born 1958), journalist, lawyer and Democratic Whip of the Wyoming House of Representatives
  • Jürgen Klinsmann (born 1964), footballer, national coach of German football team (2004-2006)
  • Michael Kraus (born 1983), handball player
  • Annica Schuler (born 2005)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aktuelle Wahlergebnisse, Staatsanzeiger, accessed 12 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2020" [Population by nationality and sex as of December 31, 2020] (CSV). Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). June 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  3. ^ "The Search for Traces: Jews in Jebenhausen and Göppingen". Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  4. ^ "Die Reichspogromnacht in Göppingen". Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  5. ^ "Rabbi Dr. Aron Tänzer". Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  6. ^ Die Geschichte der Juden in Jebenhausen und Göppingen. OCLC 19684510.
  7. ^ "The Jewish Museum in Jebenhausen". Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  8. ^ "U.S. Army Installations - Göppingen & Schw. Gmünd". U.S. Army in Germany. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  9. ^ GmbH, Südwest Presse Online-Dienste. "Göppingen News | NWZ Göppingen". swp.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  10. ^ "filstalwelle - Startseite". filstalwelle.de. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  11. ^ "Partnerschaften und Patenschaften". goeppingen.de (in German). Göppingen. Retrieved 2019-12-02.

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