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Landsberg is a Landkreis (district) in Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Aichach-Friedberg, Fürstenfeldbruck, Starnberg, Weilheim-Schongau, Ostallgäu and Augsburg.

Landsberg
Bavaria LL.svg
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Adm. regionUpper Bavaria
CapitalLandsberg
Area
 • Total804.38 km2 (310.57 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total119,141
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationLL
Websitelandkreis-landsberg.de

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HistoryEdit

In 1180 the lands east of the Lech river fell to the Wittelsbach dynasty of Bavaria; the lands on the western bank were acquired about 1315.

The district of Landsberg was established in 1938 as the successor of another entity (Bezirksamt) of the same name. In the administrative reform of 1972 the district received its present shape.

In the final stages of World War II, the German Armaments Ministry and the SS established the Kaufering concentration camp including 11 subcamps in the general area of Landsberg and Kaufering. It was set up as a subcamp of Dachau. At the end of April in 1945, the SS evacuated or destroyed what they could before the Allies arrived.[2] A dramatization of the discovery and liberation of the camp was presented in Episode 9: Why We Fight of the Band of Brothers mini-series in the year 2001. The historical information, film and foto material were given by Anton Posset to the film producer Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.[3]

GeographyEdit

The district is situated on both sides of the Lech river. The Ammersee, one of the largest lakes of Germany (47 km), is located in the east of the district.

Coat of armsEdit

  The coat of arms displays:
  • the blue and white checked pattern of Bavaria
  • the eagle was the heraldic animal of the county of Dießen-Andechs, which possessed the lands east of the Lech river before the 12th century
  • the lion stands for Henry the Lion, who was the founder of the city of Landsberg

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). September 2018.
  2. ^ "KAUFERING". Holocaust Encyclopedia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. May 4, 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  3. ^ Original movie of the U.S. Army: liberation of the concentration camp Kaufering IV (by Landsberg Lech), in April 1945. This film and the photos, made by the U.S. Army, served as a template for Part 9 "Band of Brothers". Retrieved 28 July 2018

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