MARKRANSTAEDT


A compilation of old postcards from Markranstaedt in Saxony.


A small preface for those who are not familiar with German history of the past 60 years. When Germany lost WW2 the country was divided in Russian, French, British and American occupied zones. Eastern parts of the country, beyond the River "Oder" were turned into Polish territory.
In 1949 the "Federal Republic of Germany" (FRG) was formed, uniting the French, British and American zones. The Russians declared their zone the "German Democratic Republic"(GDR) and established a communist party system. Markranstaedt (near Leipzig) was part of the GDR. My parents and I left Markranstaedt in the late 1950´s but we always returned for the summer holidays to meet with family and friends.
In 1961 the Berlin wall, as well as the "iron curtain", divided the country even more. People risked their lives trying to cross the border from East to West. After the peaceful revolution of 1989, the two Germanies were reunited on October 3, 1990 (which since has become our national holiday). As a former Markranstaedt citizen I now return to my native town three to four times a year, preferably in the summer months.

Here´s some historical information on Markranstaedt:

town´s coat of arms Markranstaedt belongs to the federal state of Saxony, appr. 12 kms southwest of Leipzig city center.
The town´s coat of arms shows St. Bartholomaeus.
The city of Markranstaedt is first documented in 1285. The region gained economical prosperity in the middle of the last century when the first railway line from Leipzig passed through the city of Markranstaedt.
In those days Markranstaedt was famous for its fur-trades. There were also a small car-factory (MAF), an engineering company, a brewery and a sugar factory.
None of these companies survived. Today the city has small and medium-sized businesses, as well as small service industries.
Through integration of neighboring communities the population has risen considerably over the past few years. New residential areas have been developed at Muehlenweg, near lake Kulkwitz, on the grounds of the demolished brewery and across town hall (market-arcades).
A ring road was planned to ease the traffic loads passing through Markranstaedt every day, but shortage of money caused several delays.
The city center is dominated by St. Laurentius church, a late Gothic building, which in part has already been repaired. The town hall and the former "Ratsgut" have been "polished" in recent years. Now, the "Ratsgut" hosts the local heritage museum which is open to everyone Saturdays from 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. The two honorary museum employees published two richly illustrated books titled "Markranstaedt in pictures of days long gone" and "Markranstaedt - die Stadt am See - Geschichte und Geschichten". Both books contain numerous historical photos.
Lake Kulkwitz provides a lot of recreation, particularly during the summer months. You can do swimming, diving, sailing, canoeing, surfing, fishing etc.
oil painting of 'Weißbachweg' and St.Laurentius Church Cultural highlights in Markranstaedt are the annual "Kinderfest" and "Carnival".
The KINDERFEST was established in 1846 and has a long tradition. Interrupted by two world wars and a complete cancellation in the 80´s of the past century (because of political reasons), the "Kinderfest" was revived again in 1992 by committed Markranstaedt citizens. Nowadays thousands of people from near and far enjoy the annual festivity again, which is traditionally being held one week before the start of the summer holidays.
Markranstaedt Carnival Club (MCC) first celebrated the "fifth season" in 1959. The year 1999 saw the 40th anniversary with a huge gala performance, which - in contrast to the Carnival in the Rhein/Main area - was held on Nov. 11/1999, the opening of the carnival season.
Local news from in and around Markranstaedt is spread by "KLEINE VOLKSZEITUNG" since 1996. The paper is a twice-weekly supplement to "LEIPZIGER VOLKSZEITUNG", the biggest daily newspaper in the area.

Also the city of MARKRANSTAEDT is offering information on the world wide web. Former Markranstaedt citizens can now visit their native city via computer from everywhere in the world. Thus far these pages are presented in German language only. An English language version is in the works.
Another web page highlights St.Laurentius Church.

MARKRANSTAEDT 2000/2001 presents some photos showing Markranstaedt 10 years after German unification.

Many years ago I started purchasing old Markranstaedt postcards. I now have a considerable collection which I´d like to present on the following pages.

Clicking on the icon below will switch you to the different pages of postcards.

Post Card Set 1

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