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City of Linnich
Coordinates: 50 ° 57 ′ 28 ″  N , 6 ° 13 ′ 23 ″  E
Height : 95 m above sea level NHN
Area : 7.77 km²
Residents : 1143  (December 31, 2019)
Population density : 147 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : 1st July 1969
Postal code : 52441
Area code : 02462
Gereonsweiler on the Tranchot map around 1804
Catholic Church of St. Gereon

The village of Gereonsweiler (popularly often called Willer or the village on the lime tree ) is a district of Linnich in the Düren district . It is located on federal highway 57 between Linnich and Puffendorf .


Sarcophagus and Matronenstein finds indicate that the place was already settled in Roman times. In the Middle Ages, the place names Will, Weil or Wyl can be found. The Cologne Gereonsstift received a royal fiefdom in the middle of the 12th century, the Whyler Gereonis. During the Thirty Years War the village suffered from arson and plague epidemics. In 1873 a private donation enabled the foundation of the Christinenstift.

During the Second World War , the village was part of the western wall with a night fighter control station . In 1944/45 the village was in the middle of the fighting on the Rur Front and had to be evacuated in autumn 1944. On November 18, 1944, the village was captured as part of Operation Clipper ; the next day Geilenkirchen . Most of the buildings were destroyed by fighting. Wurm and Rur were important intermediate destinations for the Allied troops . After that the fighting came to a standstill - mainly because of the extremely cold and wet weather - until January 1945 ( Operation Blackcock ).

After the end of the war, Gereonsweiler was largely rebuilt on the basis of the old streets. The parish church of the Catholic community, built according to plans by Josef Lehmbrock , was consecrated to St. Gereon in November.

On July 1, 1969, Gereonsweiler was incorporated into Linnich.

Individual evidence

  2. CHAPTER XXIV: Ninth Army's Final Push to the Roer
  3. and because of the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Nordwind
  4. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 99 .

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