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Demmin
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Coat of arms of Demmin
Administration
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
Town subdivisions 11 districts
Basic statistics
Area 80.653 km2 (31.140 sq mi)
Elevation 8 m  (26 ft)
Population 12,633  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 157 /km2 (406 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate DM
Postal code 17109
Area code 03998
Website www.demmin.de
Location of the town of Demmin within Mecklenburgische Seenplatte district
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Demmin (IPA: [dɛˈmiːn]) is a town in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It was the capital of the former Demmin Rural District.

World War II

German troops destroyed the bridges over the Peene while retreating from Demmin during World War II. This way, the advance of the Soviet Red Army was slowed down when they arrived in Demmin on April 30, 1945. During that night and the following morning, Demmin was handed over to the Red Army largely without fighting, similar to other cities like Greifswald.

Although there were only a few pockets of resistance, nearly 900 people committed mass suicides in fear of the Red Army. Coroner lists show that most drowned in the nearby River Tollense and River Peene, where others poisoned themselves.

Famous residents

  • Joachim Lütkemann (1608-1655), preacher and author
  • Heinrich Carl von Schimmelmann (1724-1782), merchant and politician
  • Julius Friedrich Cohnheim (1839-1884), pathologist
  • Willy Schulz-Demmin (1892-1974), painter
  • Hans-Adolf Asbach (1904-1976), politician
  • Willi Laatsch (1905-1997), pedologist
  • Paul von Maltzahn (born 1945), diplomat
  • Andy Glandt, banjo player

Literature

  • Norbert Buske, Das Kriegsende in Demmin 1945 (German) - The End of the War in Demmin 1945

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