The deserted Jahrsau ( Jeebel-Jahrsau ) was a round village in Saxony-Anhalt on the former inner-German border northeast of Salzwedel from the 14th century until it was finally razed in 1970 . Today the cobblestone access road only leads to an information board, fruit trees and a few overgrown wall remains on the former village square.
Jahrsau is located on the edge of a hill that rises from the surrounding former wetland, not far from Salzwedel in the so-called "Jahrsauer Sack", a bulge on the state border of Saxony-Anhalt near Riebau -Jeebel in neighboring Lower Saxony , about three kilometers northeast of Jeebel.
The village of Jarsowe was first mentioned in 1375. From 1541 it was officially called Jahrsau. It was overlooked in both the Thirty Years' War and the Napoleonic Wars because it was remote and only accessible from the south. On July 1, 1950, the place was incorporated into Jeebel. After the division of Germany , Jahrsau was enclosed on three sides by the inner-German border . The GDR believed that the village was too close to the inner-German border and that they wanted to create a free field of fire. Until three families were expelled in 1952 as part of the Stasi and People's Police campaign “Verziefer” , the village consisted of four farms. The three families had to leave their homes and were forcibly relocated to Delitzsch . In 1961, the last residents were also forcibly evacuated under the “Cornflower” campaign . In March 1970 the village was finally razed by leveling all the farms. The only preserved objects of the former village are the church bell and the late Gothic carved altar from 1499 from the village chapel, which are now located on or in the chapel of Klein Chüden . In August 1993 the "Wüstung Jahrsau" including the fence section of the former inner-German border 200 meters away was included in the list of monuments of the state of Saxony-Anhalt as one of the testimonies of the division of Germany by the State Office for Monument Preservation .