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Unified municipality Elbe-Parey
Coat of arms of Derben
Coordinates: 52 ° 25 ′ 3 "  N , 11 ° 59 ′ 43"  E
Height : 46 m above sea level NHN
Area : 11.25 km²
Residents : 810  (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 72 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : September 1, 2001
Postal code : 39317
Area code : 039349
Church Derben

Derben is a district of the Elbe-Parey community in the Jerichower Land district in Saxony-Anhalt .


Derben is located on the east bank of the Elbe . The next larger city, Genthin, is 14 kilometers away. Landstrasse 54, which connects Derben with the neighboring villages of Ferchland in the north and Parey in the south, runs through the village . An old Elbarm lies between Derben and the Elbe, to the north is Derbensche Berg, 56 meters high, in the middle of a 1.4 km² pine forest area.


Derben emerged as a Wendish settlement, the name of which developed through Derwin, Derwen and Deruen to the current name. It is believed that the place belonged to the Magdeburg Archbishopric in 968 when it was founded. Actual evidence of this can only be found in the loan register from 1368 and 1381. At the end of the 14th century Derben is mentioned as a parish village. At that time there was a Romanesque church in the southern part of the village , which was built from field stones.

After the end of the Thirty Years' War , Derben came into the possession of the von Lochow family , and from 1714 the village belonged to the royal Prussian domain office . In 1745 the Plau Canal , which was built at the instigation of the Prussian King Friedrich II and leads from Derben via Genthin to Plaue, was opened. In a document from 1783, Friedrich II granted the Stutzer family fishing rights in the Elbe in the area of ​​the village. Most of the inhabitants have always lived from fishing and shipping on the Elbe. Around 1880 there were 13 ship owners with 36 employees and 13 ships in Derben. As early as the 18th century, two shipyards were established on the banks of the Elbe, one of which was the Lösche shipyard around 1910, of which there is still an offering box in the form of a ship in the Derben church. Both shipyards, including the Bolle shipyard founded in 1883, have been able to maintain their operations to the present day. In a report from 1840 about the spirits distillery in Jerichower Land, the Derbener distillery was mentioned as "excellent".

Between 1883 and 1891 the mouth of the Plauer Canal, today part of the Pareyer connecting canal, was relocated about 3.5 kilometers up the Elbe, creating the excavated Elbe on which Derben lies.

In 1912 the old church had to be demolished due to its poor structural condition. Instead, a new church was built in a neo-Gothic style, but at a different location, a little outside the village center at the time at the end of today's Feldstrasse.

On September 30, 1928, the Derben manor was combined with the Derben rural community.

In 1924 the Güsen – Jerichow railway , which also included a train station in Derben, began operations. In the years from 1937 to 1945, numerous residents of Derben found work in the Wifo large tank farm set up there by the Wehrmacht (not to be confused with today's business institute in Vienna). After 1945 agriculture gained in importance, which was continued from 1953 in the context of forced collectivization in the form of an LPG . Since 1990 there has been no independent farm in Derben. With public funding, the modernization of the thoroughfare and the renovation of the Derben church could begin in 1999. On September 1, 2001, Derben joined the Elbe-Parey community.


Old seal of the community of Derben.

The local council of Derben consists of seven members.

Local mayor is Werner Meier (WGD).

Historical coat of arms

The former community of Derben already had a coat of arms-like seal image in its community seal. This was used in the period after the Second World War until around the introduction of the districts and counties in the GDR (1945–1952). Another source is the County Home Museum in Genthin.

Culture and sights

  • The village church in the center of the village was rebuilt in 1912 in neo-Gothic style. Only a memorial stone reminds of the previous building in the south.
  • At the cemetery , the burial place for unidentified is Poland , which during World War II was deported to Germany and a victim of this forced labor was.


Individual evidence

  1. Elbe-Havel Canal. Historical development. In: Retrieved April 24, 2020 .
  2. Administrative region of Magdeburg (Ed.): Official Gazette of the Government of Magdeburg . 1928, ZDB -ID 3766-7 , p. 223 .
  3. StBA: Changes in the municipalities in Germany, see 2001
  4. ^ Local council of Derben

Web links

Commons : Derben  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files