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Pretzsch is a small town and a former municipality in Wittenberg district in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 July 2009, it is part of the town Bad Schmiedeberg.

Pretzsch
Stadtteil of Bad Schmiedeberg
Pretzsch castle.jpg
Coat of arms of Pretzsch
Coat of arms
Location of Pretzsch
Pretzsch is located in Germany
Pretzsch
Pretzsch
Pretzsch is located in Saxony-Anhalt
Pretzsch
Pretzsch
Coordinates: 51°43′N 12°48′E / 51.717°N 12.800°E / 51.717; 12.800Coordinates: 51°43′N 12°48′E / 51.717°N 12.800°E / 51.717; 12.800
CountryGermany
StateSaxony-Anhalt
DistrictWittenberg
TownBad Schmiedeberg
Area
 • Total20.92 km2 (8.08 sq mi)
Elevation
70 m (230 ft)
Population
 (2006-12-31)
 • Total1,603
 • Density77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
06909
Dialling codes034926
Vehicle registrationWB
Websitewww.pretzsch-elbe.de

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GeographyEdit

 
Flooded Elbauen

Pretzsch lies in the middle of the Elbauen (natural polders along the Elbe), on the river's west bank which is on the northwest edge of the Düben Heath Nature Park. It is about 20 km southeast of Wittenberg and is the intersection of Federal Highway (Bundesstraße) B 182 between Torgau and Wittenberg, and state road (Landesstraße) L 128 between Bad Schmiedeberg and Jessen.

HistoryEdit

Pretzsch was first mentioned in 981 in one of Otto II's documents. In the 17th century, August II the Strong's wife Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth lived there and is buried in the town church. In the 1930s, the writer Erwin Strittmatter worked at the local bakery. Until 1815, Pretzsch belonged to Saxony, and from then until the Second World War to the Prussian province of Saxony. As of 1952, when East Germany abolished the Land system, Pretzsch was in the Halle region, until 1990 when the Land system was revived in the former East Germany at German Reunification.

The SS Einsatzgruppen, the perpetrators of the initial phase of the Holocaust that preceded the invention of the more efficient Nazi death camp system, were first assembled at a police academy in Pretzsch in the spring of 1941.

SubdivisionsEdit

Pretzsch includes the village of Merschwitz.

SightseeingEdit

PersonalitiesEdit

Friedrich Wieck (born 1785 in Pretzsch - died 6 October 1873 in Loschwitz near Dresden) was a German musician and music teacher.

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