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Coat of arms of Demmin
Coat of arms
Demmin   is located in Germany
Location of Demmin within Mecklenburgische Seenplatte district
Demmin in MBS.svg
Coordinates: 53°54′18″N 13°02′38″E / 53.90500°N 13.04389°E / 53.90500; 13.04389Coordinates: 53°54′18″N 13°02′38″E / 53.90500°N 13.04389°E / 53.90500; 13.04389
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
 • Mayor Ernst Wellmer (CDU)
 • Total 80.653 km2 (31.140 sq mi)
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 11,269
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 17109
Dialling codes 03998
Vehicle registration DM

Demmin (IPA: [dɛˈmiːn]) is a town in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It was the capital of the former Demmin Rural District.

World War II[change | change source]

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.[2] This was fuelled by atrocities and rapes committed by Red Army soldiers until the city commander had the access to the rivers blocked on May 3.

Famous residents[change | change source]

Literature[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 31.12.2015". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2016. 
  2. MDR Fakt from September 22, 2003 (mostly German, English in parts)]

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