Könnern — Little To See, A Lot To Contemplate

There isn’t much I can tell you about the town of Könnern.

I can tell you a little bit about its history, it was once part of Brandenburg-Prussia, ya know.

I could tell you a bit about its geography. You’ll find the thirty villages (with names like Strenznaudorf, Lebendorf, Hohenedlau, and Cörmigk) of Könnern just about in the middle of Saxony-Anhalt.

You can easily get to Könnern via the Bundesstraße B6, or the A14 Autobahn from Magdeburg or Halle (Saale); and that’s just by car. The train, however, is also another option for finding a way to town. Just hop on the Harz-Ebe Express; and you’ll arrive at the beautiful Bahnhof (in case you haven’t guessed, that would be the train station.

Honestly, there isn’t a whole lot of sightseeing in terms of old buildings (‘though the train station is very quaint), so make sure you come to see Könnern’s Church of St. Wenzel. No, this isn’t a grand, stained glass edifice; St. Wenzel’s looks more like a brick military church.

Did you know that a military church isn’t a church whose congregants are military personnel? Nope, it was a medieval church that was used for the defense and protection of its parishioners.

Uh, I never said life in the Middle Ages was a cake walk; marauders were always trying to pillage and plunder something. ;-)

Unfortunately, pillaging and plundering wasn’t just regulated to medieval times.

Found within Könnern’s cemetery are the graves of eight people who died on a death march from the Langenstein-Zwieberge Concentration Camp (a sub-camp of Buchenwald’s Camp) in April 1945.

Also buried within the city limits are twenty women who died during their forced labor days; and the graves of three unknown men who also died while serving as forced laborers.

I originally said I couldn’t tell you a lot about Könnern, but it turns out there’s more to this town than I thought.

Oh, I’m so glad I was wrong…

 

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