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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 524 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WERNIGERODE, a town of Germany, in the province of Prussian Saxony, 13 M. by rail S.W. of Halberstadt, picturesquely situated on the Holzemme, on the north slopes of the Harz Mountains. Pop. (1905) 13,137. It contains several interesting Gothic buildings, including a fine town hall with a timber facade of 1498. Some of the quaint old houses which have escaped the numerous fires that have visited the town are elaborately adorned with wood-carving. The gymnasium, occupying a modern Gothic building, is the successor of an ancient grammar-school, which existed until 1825. Brandy, cigars and dye-stuffs are among the manufactures of the place. Above the town rises the chateau of the prince of Stolberg-Wernigerode. A pavilion in the park contains the library of 117,000 volumes, the chief feature in which is the collection of over 3000 Bibles and over 5000 volumes of hymnology. Wernigerode is the chief town of the county (Grafschaft) of Stolberg-Wernigerode, which has an extent of 107 sq. m., and includes the Brocken within its limits. The counts of Wernigerode, who can be traced back to the early 12th century, were successively vassals of the margraves of Brandenburg (1268), and the archbishops of Magdeburg (1381). On the extinction of the family in 1429 the county fell to the counts of Stolberg, who founded the Stolberg-Wernigerode branch in 1645. The latter surrendered its military and fiscal independence to Prussia in 1714, but retained some of its sovereign rights till 1876. The counts were raised to princely rank in 1890. See Forstemann, Die Graflich-Stolbergische Bibliothek in Wernigerode (Nordhausen, 1866), and G. Sommer, Die Grafschaft Wernigerode (Halle, 1883).
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Is there any information about the meeting held in Wernigerode of the Lebensborn children? Have they established a mutual help organisation or do they intend to so do? Was there and is there any federal aid scheme for them? Why has their troubled existence taken so long to get into the British/European press?
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