The history of Saxony-Anhalt (in German Sachsen-Anhalt, in French Saxe-Anhalt)as an autonomous state is short, as the area only existed from 1947 to 1952 before coming back to life after the reunification of Germany on 3 October 1990. That's why we always speak of Saxony in our genealogy, as Saxony-Anhalt was then part of Saxony, but Zeitz, where our family comes from, is definitely situated in Saxony-Anhalt.Before the reunification of Germany, Saxony-Anhalt was part of the German Democratic Republic or East Germany.
Situated towards the north of Germany, Saxony-Anhalt had a population of 2,965,000 inhabitants in 1994. Its area is 20,600 square kilometers. The capital is Magdeburg (270,000 inhabitants roughly) ; except for Magdeburg, the main towns are Halle and Dessau. Zeitz lays quite far behind with its 30,000 inhabitants.
In the south-west of Saxony-Anhalt are the Harz mountains. A lot of towns are worth a visit : Magdeburg the capital , the old city of Quedlinburg but also Halberstadt and Wernigerode famous for their half-timbered houses. Worth visiting too are the High Harz National Park and the Elbe nature reserve where there are still wild beavers... and we must not forget the "Romanic Street" (Romanik Straße) with Zeitz among other spots.
At the time of the GDR, Saxony-Anhalt had some highly developed industries such as food industries and chemical and heavy industries which led to severe ecological problems in the southern part of the state. Since 1990, the stae has invested a lot in the struggle against pollution. Saxony-Anhalt is a rapidly expanding and modernizing region, with a completely new infrastructure.
If you want to learn more about Saxony-Anhalt, go and visit the official website (in German) :