Infobox Ort in Deutschland
Art = Stadt
Wappen = Wappen Pforzheim.svg
lat_deg = 48 |lat_min = 54 |lat_sec = 0
lon_deg = 08 |lon_min = 43 |lon_sec = 0
Karte = Karte pforzheim in deutschland.png
Bundesland = Baden-Württemberg
Regierungsbezirk = Karlsruhe
Landkreis = Stadtkreis
Höhe = 273
Fläche = 98.03
Einwohner = 119156
Stand = 2006-12-31
PLZ = 75172–75181
PLZ-alt = 7530
Vorwahl = 07231, 07234, 07041
Kfz = PF
Gemeindeschlüssel = 08 2 31 000
LOCODE = DE PFO
Gliederung = 16
Adresse = Marktplatz 1
Website = [http://www.pforzheim.de/ www.pforzheim.de]
Partei = FDP/DVP
Pforzheim is a town of nearly 119,000 inhabitants in the state of
Baden-Württemberg, southwest Germanyat the gate to the Black Forest. It is world-famous for its jewelry and watch-making industry. Because of that it gained the nickname "Goldstadt" or Golden City. It has an area of 98 km² and is situated between the cities of Stuttgartand Karlsruheat the confluence of three rivers ( Enz, Nagoldand Würm) and marks the frontier between Badenand Württemberg, being located on Baden territory.
The City of Pforzheim does not belong to any administrative district ("Kreis"), although it hosts the administrative offices of the Enz district which surrounds the town.
World War II, Pforzheim was bombed a number of times. The largest raid, and one of the most devastating area bombardments of World War II, was carried out by the Royal Air Force(RAF) on the evening of February 23, 1945. About one quarter of the town's population, over 17,000 people, were killed in the air raid, and about 83% of the town's buildings were destroyed. The town was thought by the Allies to be producing precision instruments for use in the German war effort and to be a transport centre for the movement of German troops.
After the war, the rubble from the destruction was heaped into a large pile on the outskirts of the town, as was done by other cities such as
Stuttgartand Munich. A building called the "Wallberg" was erected as a concrete "cap" on the mountain of rubble, long since covered with earth and vegetation. In the twenty years following the end of the war, Pforzheim was gradually rebuilt, giving the town a quite modern look.
Pforzheim is located at the northern rim of the eastern part of the
Black Forest(Schwarzwald) and the rim of the hilly country of the Kraichgau, in an open valley at the confluences of the rivers Würmand Nagoldand the rivers Nagold and Enz. Due to its location, this city is also called the "three-valleys town" ("Drei-Taeler Stadt") or the "Gateway to the Black Forest" ("Pforte zum Schwarzwald / Porta Hercinia"). The early settlement (in fact much earlier than the current centers Stuttgartand Karlsruhe) by the Romans, who constructed a ford through the river, shortly past the confluence of the three rivers, for their military highway, is also due to this extraordinary geography. Due to this location, Pforzheim later on became a center for the timber-rafting trade which transported timber from the Black Forest via the rivers Wuerm, Nagold, Enz and then the Neckarand Rhineto, among other destinations, the Netherlandsfor use in shipbuilding.
Pforzheim and its surrounding area belongs to the "Densely Populated Area Karlsruhe/Pforzheim". Pforzheim has the functions of a regional center (Mittelzentrum) for the towns and municipalities
Birkenfeld (Enz), Eisingen, Engelsbrand, Friolzheim, Heimsheim, Ispringen, Kämpfelbach, Keltern, Kieselbronn, Königsbach-Stein, Mönsheim, Neuenbürg (Württemberg), Neuhausen, Neulingen, Niefern-Öschelbronn, Ölbronn-Dürrn, Remchingen, Straubenhardt, Tiefenbronn, Wiernsheim, Wimsheimand Wurmberg.ref|wikipedia
towns and communities share borderlines with the City of Pforzheim. Below they are mentioned in clockwiseorder, beginning to the north of the city. Except for Unterreichenbach, which belongs to the district of Calw, all of them are included in the Enz district. Ispringen, Neulingen, Kieselbronn, Niefern-Öschelbronn, Wurmberg, Wimsheim, Neuhausen (Enz), Unterreichenbach, Engelsbrand, Birkenfeld (Enz), Keltern and Kämpfelbachref|wikipedia
The city of Pforzheim consists of 16 city wards. The communities Büchenbronn, Eutingen on the Enz, Hohenwart, Huchenfeld and Würm, which by way of the latest regional administrative reform during the 1970s were incorporated into Pforzheim's administration, are represented by independent community councils and community administrations according to § 8 and following paragraphs of the main city-ordinance of Pforzheim. In important matters concerning any of these communities the opinions of the respective community councils must be taken into consideration. However, final decisions on the matter will be made by the Pforzheim city council.
* City center ("Innenstadt")
* Northern ward ("Nordstadt")
* Eastern ward ("Oststadt")
* Southeastern ward ("Südoststadt")
* Southwestern ward ("Südweststadt")
* Western ward ("Weststadt")
* Buckenberg and Hagenschiess; including Altgefaell, Haidach and Wald-Siedlung
* Büchenbronn including Sonnenberg
* Eutingen on the Enz including Mäuerach
Views of Pforzheim (2003)
Since 90: A settlement was established by Roman citizens at the Enz river near the modern "Altstädter Brücke" (old town bridge). Archeological surveys have unearthed several items from that period which are kept and displayed in the Kappelhof Museum. The settlement was located where the Roman military road connecting the military camp Argentorate (nowadays
Strasbourgin France) and the military camp at Cannstatt(now a suburb of Stuttgart) at the Upper Germanic Limesborder line of the Roman Empirecrossed the Enzriver. This place was known as Portus (river crossing, harbor), which is believed to be the origin of the first part of the city's name "Pforzheim". A Roman milestone (the so-called 'Leugenstein') from the year 245 and later excavated at nowadays Friolzheimshows the exact distance to 'Portus'; it is the first document about the settlement.ref|hist1ref|hist6
259/260: The Roman settlement 'Portus' was destroyed completely, as the Frank and
Alemannitribes overrun the Upper Germanic Limesborder line of the Roman Empireand conquered the Roman administrated area west of the Rhineriver. From then on, over an extended period of time historical records about the settlement are not available.ref|hist1
6th/7th century: Graves from this period indicate that the settlement had been continued.ref|hist2
1067: The settlement of Pforzheim was mentioned for the first time in a document by
Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperoras "Phorzheim". Visits to Pforzheim by Heinrich IV in 1067 and 1074 are documented.ref|hist1ref|hist2
Before 1080: The "old town" of Pforzheim was awarded
market rights(Marktrecht). At that time Pforzheim belonged to the estate of Hirsau Monastery, according to monastery documents.ref|hist1
From 1150: Establishment of the "new town" west of the "old town" at the foot of the Schlossberg (palais hill) under Margrave
1200: The town charter of the "new town" was mentioned for the first time in a document. The "old town" continued to exist as a legally independent entity.ref|hist1
1220: The Margraves of Baden selected Pforzheim as their residence. The "new town" became prominent.
1240: A mayor of Pforzheim was mentioned in a document for the first time.ref|hist1
13th/14th century: Pforzheim enjoyed its first period of flourishment. A group of influential
patricians emerged. They developed extensive activities on the financial markets of those days. The town drew its income from the wood trade, timber rafting, the tannery trade, textilemanufacturing and other crafts. Documents mention "mayor, judge, council and citizens". The town walls surrounding the new town were completed at about 1290. During this era three catholicorders established their conventsin town (the Franciscanorder established their domicile within the town wall at nowadays Barfuesserkirche (the choir of which remains), the Dominican nunorder established their domicile outside of the walls of the old town near Auer bridge, and the Prediger cloister was located east of the Schlossberg, probably inside the town walls). Outside of the town wall across the Enz river, the suburb "Flösser Quarters" (the home of the timber floating trade) was established. Next to the western town wall, the suburb of "Brötzingen" gradually developed. The Margraves of Baden considered Pforzheim as their most important power base up to the first half of the 14th century. Under Margrave Bernard I (Bernhard I) Pforzheim became one of the administrative centers of the margraviate.ref|hist1ref|hist3ref|hist14ref|hist13
1322: Holy Ghost Hospital was founded at Tränk Street (nowadays Deimling Street).ref|hist4
15th century: Various fraternities among people working in the same trade were established: The fraternity of
tailors in 1410, the fraternity of bakers on May 14, 1422, the fraternity of the weavers in 1469, the fraternity of the wine-growers in 1491, the fraternity of the skippers and timber raftsmenin 1501, and the fraternity of the carters in 1512. Members of the same fraternity assisted each other in various ways, for example with funeralsand in cases of sickness. In a sense, the fraternities were early forms of health and life insurance.ref|hist4
August 8/9, 1418:
Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperorvisits MargraveBernard I (Bernhard I) in Pforzheim. On this occasion the mint of the Margraves of Baden in Pforzheim was mentioned. Mint master was Jakob Broeglin between 1414–1431. The emperor appointed the master of the Pforzheim mint, Jakob Bröglin, and Bois von der Winterbach for five years as Royal Mint Masters of the mints of Frankfurtand Nördlingen. The Margrave was appointed as their patron.ref|hist5ref|hist13
1447: The wedding of
MargraveCharles I (Karl I) of Baden with Katharinaof Austria, the sister of Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor(Friedrich III), was celebrated in Pforzheim with great pomp (including tournamentsand dances).ref|hist1ref|hist7ref|hist12ref|hist13
Johannes Reuchlin, the great German humanist, was born in Pforzheim on January 29 (he died in Stuttgart on June 30, 1522). He attended the Latin Schoolsection of the monastery school run by the Dominican order of Pforzheim in the late 1460s. Later, partly due to Reuchlin's efforts, the Latin Schoolof Pforzheim developed into one of the most prominent schools in southwestern Germany. The school's teachers and pupils played an outstanding role in the dissemination of the ideas of humanismand the protestant reformationmovement. The most famous pupils included Reuchlin himself, Reuchlin's nephew Philipp Melanchthon, and Simon Grynaeus.ref|hist1ref|hist8ref|hist12
1460: Margrave Charles I established a kind of monastery (Kollegialstift) at the site of Schlosskirche St. Michael, turning the church into a
collegiate church. There were also plans to establish a university in Pforzheim, but this plan had to be abandoned because Margrave Charles I lost the Battle of Seckenheim.ref|hist9ref|hist10ref|hist12
1463: Margrave Charles I was forced to transfer the palace and the town of Pforzheim as a
fiefdomto the Elector Palatineafter losing the Battle of Seckenheim. He then began to build a new palace in modern Baden-Baden. Margrave Christoph Ifinally moved the residence of the margraves to Baden-Baden. This gradually ended the first period of Pforzheim's flourishment. The rich merchants gradually left the town, which declined to the status of a country town of mostly small traders. ref|hist1ref|hist10ref|hist3ref|hist12
Weavers Ordinance("Wollweberordnung") for the towns Pforzheim und Ettlingenwas approved by Margrave Christoph I. This was a contract concerning the town privileges of Pforzheim. This regulation of the weaving trade did not allow the formation of a regular guild(Zunft).ref|hist11ref|hist3
1491: A contract between Margrave
Christoph Iand the citizens of Pforzheim was concluded, granting the town of Pforzheim several privileges concerning taxes and business.ref|hist11ref|hist12
1496: Foundation of the first
printer's shopby Thomas Anshelm. During the first half of the 16th century Pforzheim's printers contributed significantly to the establishment of this (in those days) new medium.ref|hist1
Christoph Iof Baden enacted the "Ordinance on the timber rafting profession in Pforzheim". The single timber logs that were floated from the deeper Black Forest areas down the Enz, Nagold and Wuerm rivers were bound together in the Au area to form larger timber rafts. Those rafts were then floated down the lower Enz, Neckar and Rhine rivers. The timber rafting stations of Weissenstein, Dillstein and Pforzheim were well known in the profession.ref|hist12
1501 was also the year for which an outbreak of the plague (probably the
bubonic plague) is recorded in the Swabian chronicle Annalium Suevicorumby Eberhard Karls University of Tübingenprofessor Martin Grusius, published 1596. It is not known how many of Pforzheim's citizens died in that year, but there are reports of 500 deceased in the close-by city of Calwand about 4000 in Stuttgart, which accounted for approximately one quarter to one half of the populations of those towns. Outbreaks of the disease were reported for many places in southwestern Germany, Bohemia, the Alsaceregion in nowadays France, Switzerland, and Italy. Common graveswith massive numbers of human bones at the cemetery of St. Michael Church and the cemetery on the estate of the Dominican order near nowadays Waisenhausplatz found during the last century may indicate that hundreds of citizens became the victims of the plague. There are indications that a fraternity for taking care of the sick and removing the bodies of the deceased from houses was formed in 1501, whose members later on stayed together and became known as the choral society"Singergesellschaft", which is still active today as the "Loebliche Singergesellschaft of 1501". (They are probably one of the oldest clubs in Europe).ref|hist4
1520s: The ideas of the
protestant religiousmovement advanced by Martin Lutherspread rapidly in Pforzheim. Its most prominent promoters were Johannes Schwebel, a preacher at Holy Ghost church (Heiliggeistkirche), and Johannes Unger, the principal of the Dominican Latin school.ref|hist1
1535-1565: Due to the heritage division of the clan of the Margraves of Baden,
Margrave Ernst of Badenmade Pforzheim the residential townof his family line. He decided to use the Schlosskirche St. Michael as the entombmentsite for his family line.ref|hist1
1549: A large fire caused severe damage to the town.
1556: After the conclusion of the
Peace of Augsburgin 1555, Margrave Karl IIintroduced "Lutherism" ( protestantism) as the state religion in the district Baden-Durlach, which included Pforzheim. The (Catholic) monasteries were gradually shut down.ref|hist1
1565: Margrave Karl II chooses Durlach as the new residential town. Pforzheim stayed one of the administrative centers of Baden.ref|hist1
1618: At the beginning of the
Thirty Years' War, the number of inhabitants of Pforzheim is estimated to have been between 2500 and 3000. This was the largest town among all towns in Baden, even though at that time it had already declined somewhat.
1645: Toward the end of the Thirty Years' War the "old town" was burned down by
Bavarian (i.e. Catholic) troops. It was rebuilt, but without the former fortifications, which gave it the status of a village-like settlement. It soon vanished from historical records. The "new town" had survived.ref|hist1
1688-1697: The "
War of the Palatinian Succession" (also called the Nine Years War) caused tremendous destruction in Southwestern Germany. The French "sun king" Louis XIV's efforts to expand the territory of France up to the Upper Rhine river and to put the Elector Palatineunder pressure to severe its ties with the League of Augsburgincluded the " Brûlez le Palatinat!" tactics of destroying major towns on both sides of the Rhine river. These tactics seem to have been mainly the idea of the French war minister, François Michel le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois.
Pforzheim was occupied by French troops on October 10, 1688. Commanding officer is said to have been
Joseph de Montclar. The town was forced to accommodate a large number of soldiers and had to pay a large amount of "contributions" to the French. When the army unit was about to depart early in the morning of January 21, 1689 (obviously because an army of the Holy Roman Empirehad been approaching), they set many major buildings on fire, including the palais, the city hall, and vicarages. About 70 houses (i.e. one quarter of all houses) and part of the town's fortifications were reportedly destroyed.
Between August 2nd and August 4th, the French army under the general command of Marshal
Jacques Henri de Durfort de Durasagain crossed the Rhine river and began the destruction of major towns in Baden. On August 10, 1689, a French army unit under the command of General "Ezéchiel du Mas, Comte de Mélac" appeared in front of Pforzheims town gates, but this time the town refused to surrender. In response, the French army began shelling the town with canons from the Rod hill located southwest of the town, and the several hundred soldiers of the German imperial command, who were defending the town, were forced to surrender. After a short period of looting, the French troops set the inner town area on fire on August 15, which made that area uninhabitable for several weeks. Then the French moved on.
During the following two years French troops stayed away from Pforzheim, but the economic situation of the town was miserable. In addition to this, the reconstruction of the town and the repairs of the fortifications under the supervision of
Johann Matthaeus Faulhaber, the chief construction officer of the Margraviate Baden, required a lot of efforts. The accommodation of an imperial garrison under the command of (then) colonel Count Palfyalso was a heavy burden.
In 1691 Louvois instructed his marshals to destroy those towns which were to serve as winter quarters for imperial troops, explicitly including Pforzheim, and then continue to Wuerttemberg for further destructions. After the French troops had crossed the Rhine river under the command of Marshal
Guy Aldonce de Durfort de Lorgesat Philippsburgon August 3, 1691, they assaulted the Margraves' residential town of Durlachand 1,200 cavalrymen, 300 dragoonsand 1,200 infantrymen advanced toward Pforzheim where they arrived in the morning on August 9 and surrounded the town. When the approximately 200 imperial soldiers under the command of Captain Zickwolf and other men in the town refused to surrender, the siege began. After shelling the town during the day and the following night, the resistance of the town broke down and on August 10th in the morning the French forced the town gates open, occupied and looted it (although with little success, as there was not much left to be taken away). On August 12, the French moved on, this time refraining from setting houses on fire. The fortification had again been damaged, though (the White Tower, the Auer Bridge Gate, the Upper Mill and the Nonnen Mill were burnt down). The French also stole all church bells, except for one minor one.
On September 20, 1692, again crossed the Rhine river under the general command of Marshal
Guy Aldonce de Durfort de Lorges, and advanced toward Durlachand Pforzheim. On September 24, 2,000 cavalry soldiers and 1,200 infantry and artillery troops under the command of Marshal Noël Bouton de Chamilly, moved to Pforzheim, where the town and 600 soldiers of the imperial German army in town surrendered without any military engagements. The rest of the French army arrived on September 27 under the command of Marshal de Lorges. On the same day, the French army moved on to Oetisheim near Mühlackerand attacked an imperial army unit of 4,000 cavalry men under the command of Duke Frederick Charles of Württemberg-Winnentalin their camp. As they were taken by surprise, they withdrew hastily and lost several hundred men, either killed or captured by the French. (The Duke himself was among the French prisoners.) On September 28, the French army returned to Pforzheim and established a camp. It was reported that the entire Enzvalley between the village of Eutingen east of Pforzheim and the village of Birkenfeld west of Pforzheim was occupied by the 30,000 French soldiers' camps. From their base in Pforzheim, French army units obviously under the leadership of Marshal de Chamilly advanced along the river valleys of Nagoldand Wuermand looted and destroyed the villages and towns of Huchenfeld, Calw, Hirsau, Liebenzelland Zavelstein. They also destroyed Liebeneck castle about 10 kilometers from Pforzheim towering above the Wuerm valley, where part of the Pforzheim town archives were hidden. The archive was burned. Another part of the town archive as well as documents of Baden administrative office had been brought to Calw, were they went up in flames, too.
When the French troops left after about one week of occupation, they again looted Pforzheim and put it on fire. This time, all houses which had survived the two previous fires, were destroyed. In the Au suburb, only three houses survived. The Au bridge was heavily damaged. Only four houses survived in the Broetzingen suburb. The town church St. Stephan and a large part of the Dominican monastery complex were also destroyed. The Castle Church (Schlosskirche) St. Michael was heavily damaged, and the family tombs of the Baden Margraves in the church were ravaged by the soldiers. The last remaining church bell and the churches' clockworks were stolen as well. The town wall was damaged again, including the town gates. After the one--week presence of 30,000 soldiers in a town of only a few thousand citizens, all food was gone, including the seeds saved for next spring's sowing season. Every tree and
grapevine on the valley slopes had been used up as firewood. The French army reached their camp in Philippsburgon October 5, 1692.ref|hist15
1718: Inauguration of the "institution for orphans, the mad, the sick, for discipline and work" in a building of the former
Dominican order Conventby the Enz river. Fifty years later this institution was to become the incubator of Pforzheim's jewellery and watchmaking industries.ref|hist1
1715-1730: During this period there was a prolonged dispute between Pforzheim's citizens and the Margrave of Baden concerning the privileges granted to the town in 1491, which the Margrave considered obsolete and therefore demanded significantly higher tax payments from Pforzheim citizens. The issue was taken all the way to the
Imperial Court of Justice, where the town's motion was defeated.ref|hist1ref|hist15
1767: Establishment of a watch and jewellery factory in the orphanage. This led to Pforzheim's jewellery industries. Watchmaking was given up later on.ref|hist1
1805/06: Typhus epidemic in Pforzheim.ref|hist1
1809: The Administrative District Pforzheim of Baden was split into a "Municipal District Administration Pforzheim" and two Rural Districts.
1813: The two Rural Districts were combined to form the "Rural District Administration Pforzheim".
1819: "Municipal District Pforzheim" and "Rural District Pforzheim" are merged to form the "Higher District Administration Pforzheim".
Ferdinand Öchslein Pforzheim invented a device for measuring the sugar content in freshly pressed grape juice for assessing the future quality of wine(Mostwaage). It is still in use in the winery business.
1861/62: Pforzheim was connected to the
German railwaynetwork with the completion of tracks between Wilferdingenand Pforzheim.ref|hist1
1863: The railway section between Pforzheim and
Mühlackerwas completed, thus establishing railway traffic between the capital of Baden, Karlsruhe, and the capital of Württemberg, Stuttgart.ref|hist1
1864: The "Higher District Administration Pforzheim" was made the "Regional Administration Pforzheim".
1868: The railway section between Pforzheim and
1869: Establishment of the first worker's union in Pforzheim, the "Pforzheim Gold(-metal) Craftsmen's Union".ref|hist1
1874: The railway section between Pforzheim and
1877: Inauguration of the Arts and Crafts School (Kunstgewerbeschule; now incorporated into Hochschule (University) Pforzheim).ref|hist1
Berta Benzand her two sons arrived in Pforzheim on the first "long-distance" drive in the history of the automobile in a car manufactured by her husband Karl Benzin order to visit relatives. She had started her drive in Mannheim, which is located about 60 kilometers from Pforzheim. The very first gasoline-powered, automobilewith an internal combustion engineof the inventor had hit the roads only two years earlier after a patentfor this new technology had been granted to Karl Benz on January 29, 1886. She bought the gasoline necessary for her trip back home in a " pharmacy" in Pforzheim. During the trip Bertha Benz had to make repairs with a hairpinto open a blocked fuel line, and after returning home, suggested to her husband that another gearbe provided in his automobile for climbing hills.ref|hist1
1893: Inauguration of the Pforzheim Jewish Synagogue.ref|hist1
From 1900: Revival of the Pforzheim watchmaking industry.ref|hist1
1906: The 1st FC Pforzheim Football (soccer) Club was defeated by VfB Leipzig with a score of 1:2 in the final game of the German soccer championship.ref|hist1
1914-1918: Pforzheim was not a battle field in
World War I, but 1600 men from Pforzheim lost their lives as soldiers on the battlefields.ref|hist17
1920s: The Pforzheim watchmaking industry thrived due to the new popularity of wrist-watches.ref|hist1
1927: Pforzheim-born (1877)
Professorof Munich University Heinrich Otto Wielandreceived the Nobel prizein chemistry.
From 1933: Along with the installation of the
Nazigovernment in Germany the local subsidiaries of all political parties, groups and organizations other than the NSDAPwere gradually disbanded in town. Public life as well as individual affairs were increasingly affected by Nazi influences. Persecution of Jewish fellow citizens occurred in Pforzheim, too, with boycotts of Jewish shops and companies.ref|hist1
1938: Establishment of the municipal Jewellery Museum.
1938: On November 9th, the so-called
Kristallnacht, the Pforzheim Synagogue( [http://www.edwardvictor.com/pforzheim_main.htm see WWW-site] ) of the Jewish communitywas so badly damaged by Nazi activists that it had to be demolished later on.
1939: "Regional Administration Pforzheim" (Bezirksamt) was converted to the "Rural District Pforzheim" (Landkreis) with Pforzheim city as its administrative site. However, the town itself became a district-less administrative body.
Deportationof Jewish citizens of Pforzheim to the concentration campin Gurs( France). Only 55 of the 195 deported persons escaped from the holocaust.ref|hist1
February 23, Pforzheim was bombed in one of the most devastating area bombardments of World War II. It was carried out by the Royal Air Force(RAF) on the evening of February 23 1945.ref|hist1 About one quarter of the town's population, over 17,000 people, were killed in the air raid,ref|hist18 and about 83% of the town's buildings were destroyed.ref|hist19 The mission order to bomb Pforzheim issued by the Bomber Commandstates as the intention of the raid on Pforzheim "to destroy built up area and associated industries and rail facilities".ref|hist18 The bombardment was carried out as part of the British carpet bombingcampaign. The town was put on the target list for bombardments in November 1944 because it was thought by the Allies to be producing precision instruments for use in the German war effort and as transport centreref|station for the movement of German troops.ref|hist27(Additional details are given in Bombing of Pforzheim in World War II.)
There were also several minor raids in 1944 and 1945.ref|hist26
After the main attack, about 30,000 people had to be fed by public makeshift kitchens because their housings had been destroyed. Almost 90% of the buildings in the core city area had been destroyed. Many Pforzheim citizens were buried in common graves at Pforzheim's main cemetery because they could not be identified. There are also many graves of complete families. Among the dead were several hundred foreigners who had been in Pforzheim as
forced laborworkers. The inner city districts were severely depopulated. According to the State Statistics Bureau (Statistisches Landesamt), in the Market Square area (Marktplatzviertel) in 1939 there were 4.112 registered inhabitants, in 1945 none (0). In the Old Town area (Altstadtviertel) in 1939 there were 5.109 inhabitants, in 1945 only 2 persons were still living there. In the Leopold Square area, in 1939 there were 4.416 inhabitants, in 1945 only 13.ref|hist20ref|hist21ref|hist22
The German Army Report of February 24, 1945 devoted only two lines to reporting the bombardment: "In the early evening hours of February 23, a forceful British attack was directed at Pforzheim."
British Bomber Commandlater assessed the bombing raid as the one with "probably the greatest proportion (of destroyed built-up area) (of any target) in one raid during the war".ref|hist23
In early April as the
allied forcesand notably the French Armyadvanced toward Pforzheim, the local German military commander gave orders to destroy the electric power generating plant and those gas and water supply lines that were still working, but citizens succeeded in persuading the staff sergeantin charge of the operation to refrain from this absurd endeavor in the face of the imminent and inevitable surrender of the German Military. Likewise, orders were issued for the destruction of those bridges that had remained unscathed (some of the bridges had been destroyed by air strikes even before and after February 23), and this could not be prevented. Only the Iron (Railway) Bridge in Weißenstein ward was saved by stout-hearted citizens who, during an unguarded moment, pulled off the fuze wiring from the explosive devices, which had already been installed, and dropped it into Nagold river. Soon after that on April 8, French troops (an armored vehicleunit) moved into Pforzheim from the northwest and were able to occupy the area north of Enz river, but the area south of the Enz river was defended by a German infantryunit using artillery. Fighting was especially fierce in Broetzingen. The French army units (including an Algerian and Moroccanunit) suffered heavy losses; among the dead was the commander the army unit, Capitaine Dorance. The advance of the French army came to a halt temporarily, but with the support of fighterbomber aircraft and due to the bad condition of the defenders (which included many old men and young boys who had been drafted in a last desperate war effort) the French troops finally succeeded and on April 18 took possession of the vast rubble field which once was the proud residential town of the Baden Margraves.ref|hist24ref|hist25ref|hist1
The three months of French occupation were reportedly marked by hostile attitudes on both the French army side and the Pforzheim population side; incidences of
rapeand looting, mainly by Moroccan soldiers, were also reported. Au Bridge (Auerbruecke) and Wuerm Bridge received makeshift repairs by the French military. The US Army, which replaced the French troops on July 8, 1945, helped repair Goethe Bridge, Benckiser Bridge, Old Town Bridge (Altstädterbrücke) and Horse Bridge (Roßbrücke) in 1945 and the following year. The relationship between the population and the US military was reportedly more relaxed than had been the case with the French army.ref|hist25ref|hist1
1945-1965: Pforzheim was gradually rebuilt, giving Pforzheim a quite modern look. In September 1951 the Northern Town Bridge (Nordstadtbrücke) was inaugurated (the ceremony was attended by then Federal President Prof. Dr.
Theodor Heuss). Jahn Bridge followed in December 1951, Werder Bridge in May 1952, the rebuilt Goethe Bridge in October 1952, and the rebuilt Old Town Bridge was inaugurated in 1954.
1955: On the occasion of the 500th birthday anniversary of
Johannes Reuchlin, the city of Pforzheim established the Reuchlin Prizeand awarded it for the first time in the presence of then President of the Federal Republic of Germany (West-Germany), Prof. Dr. Theodor Heuss.ref|hist1
1961: Inauguration of the culture center "Reuchlinhaus", which from then on housed the Jewellery Museum, the Arts and Crafts Association, the City Library, the Homeland Museum (Heimatmuseum), and the City Archives.ref|hist1
1968: On July 10 shortly before 22:00, Pforzheim and its surrounding areas were hit by a rare
tornado. It had strength F4 on the Fujita scale. Two persons died and more than 200 were injured, and 1750 buildings were damaged. Across the town between Buechenbronn ward and the village of Wurmberg the storm caused severe damage to forest areas (i.e. most trees fell to the ground). During the first night and the following days the soldiers of the French 3rd Husar Regiment and the US Army Unit, which were still stationed at the Buckenberg Barracks, helped clear the streets of a lot of fallen trees (especially in the Buckenberg/Haidach area). It took about four weeks to carry out the most necessary repairs on buildings. The overhead electric contact wires for the electric trolley buses then still operating in town and the streetcartransport system to the village of Ittersbach were never repaired; those transport systems were retired.ref|hist1
1971-1975: The townships of Würm, Hohenwart, Buechenbronn, Huchenfeld and Eutingen were incorporated into the city administration.ref|hist1
1973: Inauguration of the new Pforzheim City Hall.ref|hist1
1973 As part of the reform of administrative districts, the rural district of Pforzheim was incorporated into the newly established Enz rural district, which has its administration in Pforzheim. But the city of Pforzheim itself remains a district-less city. In addition, Pforzheim became the administrative center of the newly formed
Northern Black Forest Region.
1975 On January 1, the population exceeded 100.000 and Pforzheim gained the status of a "large city" (Grossstadt).
1979: Inauguration of the Pforzheim City Museum.ref|hist1
1983: Inauguration of the "Technical Museum of the Jewellery and Watchmaking Industry" and the "Citizens Museum".ref|hist1
1987: Inauguration of the City Convention Center.ref|hist1
1987/1990: Inauguration of the City Theater at the Waisenhausplatz.ref|hist1
1989: Sister City agreement with the City of
1990: Sister City agreement with the City of
1991: Sister City agreement with the City of
1992: State Gardening Expo in Pforzheim. Enzauenpark was created and part of the Enz river was re-naturalized.ref|hist1
1994: Inauguration of the cultural institution "Kulturhaus Osterfeld".ref|hist1
1994: Merger of the Pforzheim Business School and the Pforzheim School of Design to form the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences in Design, Technology and Business.ref|hist1
1995: Inauguration of the Archeological Site Kappelhof.
2000: Inauguration of the Pforzheim Gallery.ref|hist1
2002: In November, during excavation works for a new shopping center right in the center of the city, a power shovel hit a 250 kg bomb which had not gone off during the bombardment of 1945. On a Sunday, about 5000 citizens had to temporarily leave their homes as a precautionary measure while specialists were defusing and disposing of the (so far) last of a large number of unexploded explosive devices found in Pforzheim's grounds since 1945.
History of Baden.
Formerly independent communities and districts which were incorporated into the City of Pforzheim.
The table below shows the number of inhabitants for the past 500 years. Until 1789 the numbers represent estimates, after that they represent census results (¹) or official recordings by the Statistics Offices or the city administration.
¹ Result of censusref|wikipedia
The population growth diagrams show that the largest growth rates were recorded between about 1830 and 1925, which was the period following the political reorganisation of Europe agreed upon at the
Vienna Congressof 1815 after the violent period that was so much dominated by Napoleon Bonaparteof France. This high population growth period coincided with the period of intensive industrialisationof Germany. Population growth weakened due to the effects of World War Iand World War II. The population declined sharply due to the destruction on February 23, 1945, and increased sharply in the post-WWII era due to high economic growth levels in West-Germany and the rapid rebuilding efforts in Pforzheim. Earlier setbacks were recorded during the Thirty Years' Warperiod in the 17th century.
Karl IIof Baden in 1556 installed the Protestant reformationin the Margraviate of Baden, of which Pforzheim was the capital in those days, Pforzheim continued to be a Protestant town for several centuries. The congregations in Pforzheim were affiliated with the deanery (Dekanat) of Pforzheim of the Protestant National Church of Baden, unless they were members of one of the independent churches( Freikirche).
Since the 19th century at the latest
Catholicssettled in Pforzheim again. They are affiliated with the deanery of Pforzheim which belongs to Archdiocese of Freiburg.
Other denominations and religious sects in Pforzheim are:
* Adventist Congregation
Church of Christ, Scientistref|wikipedia
The city council of Pforzheim consists of the Lord Mayor as its president and 40 elected (part-time) councillors. It is democratically elected by the citizens for a period of five years. The last election was June 13, 2004. The city council is the main representative body of the city and determines the goals and frameworks for all local political activities. It makes decisions about all important issues regarding the public life and administration of the city and directs and monitors the work of thecity administration. It forms expert committees in order to deal withspecialized issues.ref|council
The city administration is lead by the Lord Mayer (presently Christel Augenstein) and three Mayors (presently Alexander Uhlig, Gert Hager and Andreas Schuetze). The administration consists of four departments (Dezernat) which are in charge of the following areas:
"Department I": Personnel, finances, business development, general administration. (Managed by Christel Augenstein.)
"Department II": Construction and planning, environment. (Managed by Alexander Uhlig.)
"Department III": Education, culture, social affairs, sports. (Managed by Gert Hager.)
"Department IV": Security and public order, health, energy and water supply, local transportation and traffic. (Managed by Andreas Schuetze.)ref|admin
At an early stage, the town administration was led by the
mayor( Schultheiss) who used to be appointed by the lord (owner) of the town. Later on, there was a council with a mayor leading it, who since 1849 holds the title "Lord Mayor". The terms of office of the mayors until 1750 are unknown. Only the names of the mayors are mentioned in historical documents.
Ernst Matthaeus Kummer
* 1758-1770: W.C. Steinhaeuser
* 1770-1775: Weiss
* 1775-1783: Kissling
* 1783-1795: Guenzel
* 1795-1798: Geiger
Jakob Friedrich Dreher
Christoph Friedrich Krenkel
* 1933: Dr. Emil Goelser
* 1933: Dr. Hans Gottlob
Friedrich Adolf Katz
* 1947-1966: Dr.
Johann Peter Brandenburg, FDP/DVP
* 1966-1985: Dr.
Willi Weigelt, SPD
* 1985-2001: Dr.
Joachim Becker, SPD
Christel Augenstein, FDP/DVPref|wikipedia
The Coat of Arms
Coat of Armsof Pforzheim city shows in the left-hand half of a shield an inclined bar in red color on a golden background, and theright-hand half is divided into four fields in the colors red, silver, blue and gold. The city flag is white-blue.
The inclined bar can be traced back to the 13th century as the symbol of the lords (owners) of Pforzheim, which later on also became the National Coat of Arms of Baden, but its meaning is unknown. Since 1489 the coat of arms in its entire form can be verified, but its meaning is not known, either. Current coloring has been used only since 1853; in earlier times the coloring was different.ref|wikipediaref|coat_of_arms
ister city and friendship agreements
sister cityagreements with the following cities:
Gernika- Lumo( Spain), since 1989
Saint-Maur-des-Fosses( France), since 1989
Vicenza( Italy), since 1991
Friendship agreements exist with the following cities and regions:
Osijek( Croatia), since 1994
Irkutsk( Russia), since 1999
Nevşehir( Turkey), since 2000
Częstochowa( Poland), since 2000
Győr-Moson-Soproncounty ( Hungary), since 2001 in conjunction with the Enz districtref|hist1
Economy and infrastructure
Pforzheim is one of the
regional centers (Oberzentrum) in Baden-Württembergand has one of the highest densities of industrial activity in the state.
Only a smaller fraction of the economy nowadays is dedicated to producing the traditional products of
watchesand jewellery. Two thirds of all employment positions are made available in the areas of metal processing, dentalindustry electronicsand electro-technology. The mail ordercompanies (Bader, Klingel, Wenz) with their sales volumes in the order of millions of Euros occupies a leading position in Germany. Tourismis gaining importance. In this respect the city benefits from its favorable Three-Valleys location at the gateway to the Black Forest, and related to this, from the starting points of a large number of hiking, cyclingand waterway routes. The European long-distance trail E1 passes through Pforzheim. It is also the starting point of the Black Forest Hiking Routes Westweg, Mittelwegand Ostweg.ref|wikipedia
Federal Freeway A8( Perl- Bad Reichenhall) runs by just to the north of the city. The city can be accessed via three freeway exits. The Interstate Road B10( Lebach- Augsburg) and B294( Gundelfingen- Bretten) run through the city. The B463 Interstate Roadrunning toward Nagoldhas its starting point here.
Pforzheim is located at the railway line Karlsruhe-Stuttgart. In addition there are two railway lines into the
Black Forestto Bad Wildbadand Nagold. Pforzheim is connected to the Karlsruhe Light Rail network. Other public transportation services in the city area are provided by buses of the Pforzheim Municipal Transport, subsidiary of Veolia Transport, Company (SVP) and several other transportation companies. They all offer unified fares within the framework of the "Pforzheim-Enzkreis Verkehrsverbund". Between 1931 and 1968 a light railconnection existed between Ittersbachand Pforzheim, operated by Pforzheim Municipal Transportation Company ("SVP"). Before that ("since 1899") the railroad belonged to the BLEAG (Baden Local Railway Inc., Badische-Lokaleisenbahn-Aktiengesellschaft). The only remaining light Railservice "S 5" connecting Pforzheim to Bietigheim-Bissingen, Karlsruheand Wörth am Rheinis operated by Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft(Albtal Transportation Company), which since 2002 also operates the Enz Valley Light Rail route to Bad Wildbad.ref|wikipedia
Major local enterprises
Victor MayerGmbH&Co. KG, Workmaster of Fabergé (line)
* Schmid Machine Tools
* Klingel Mail Order Company
* Bader Mail Order Company
* Wenz Mail Order Company
* Witzenmann GmbH (Specialized Metal Goods)
* Mapal WWS
* Thales (Electronics)
* Allgemeine Gold- und Silberscheideanstalt (metal processing)
newspapersPforzheim Newspaper ( Pforzheimer Zeitung, independent) and the Pforzheim Courier (Pforzheimer Kurier), which is a regional edition of Badische Neueste Nachrichten (BNN) with main editorial offices in Karlsruhe, are published in Pforzheim.ref|wikipedia
Courts of Justice
Pforzheim is the site of a Local
Court of Justicewhich belongs to the District Court and Higher District Court Precinct of Karlsruhe. It is also the domicile of a Local Labor Court.ref|wikipedia
Pforzheim is the domicile of the following public authorities and public incorporated bodies:
Employment Exchange(a federal government agency; Arbeitsagentur Pforzheim).
Internal Revenue Agency(a state agency; Finanzamt Pforzheim)
Northern Black Forest Chamber of Commerce(a public incorporated body; IHK Nordschwarzwald). The precinct of the chamber is the Northern Black Forest Region.
Northern Black Forest Regional Association(a public incorporated body; Regionalverband Nordschwarzwald).ref|wikipedia
University of Applied Sciences(Hochschule Pforzheim - Hochschule fuer Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft) enrolls about 4600 students. It was formed in 1992 by way of merging the former Pforzheim School of Design (Fachhochschule fuer Gestaltung) and Pforzheim Business School (Fachhochschule fuer Wirtschaft) and additionally establishing the Faculty of Engineering. The Pforzheim School of Design had its roots in the Ducal Academy of Arts and Crafts and Technical School for the Metal Processing Industry, established 1877. The Pforzheim Business School was the successor institution of the National Business College, which was established in 1963. The campuses of the Faculty of Design and the Faculties of Economics and Engineering are located at separate sites in the city area. The Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences fosters international exchange. Among other relationships, it is affiliated with the NIEBES Association and has close academic ties to OsijekUniversity of Croatiaand academic exchange programs with many institutions abroad, among them Auburn Universityand the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago, of the United States of America.
* The Goldsmith and Watchmaking Vocational School is the only school of its kind in Europe. It is attended by many students from abroad.
* The general qualification for university admission (Abitur) can be obtained through an education at the Reuchlin-Highschool, the Kepler-Highschool, the Hebel-Highschool, the Theodor-Heuss-Highschool, the Hilda-Highschool, the Schiller-Highschool, the Fritz-Erler-Highschool (economics-oriented highschool), the Heinrich-Wieland-Highschool (technology-oriented highschool), der Johanna-Wittum-Highschool (home economics-oriented highschool), as well as the Waldorfschule.
* Pforzheim also has many schools providing the mandatory general elementary and secondary education (Grundschule, Realschule) as well an institution which is dedicated to further education of grown-ups (Volkshochschule). There are also several state-run vocational schools leading to professional diplomas in the crafts and trades.ref|hist1ref|wikipedia
Culture and places of interest
* Municipal Theater of Pforzheim (opera, operetta, musical, drama)
* Southwest German Chamber Orchestra - This orchestra was founded by Friedrich Tilegant in 1950. It participated in the world premiere of a work of Boris Blacher and has a good reputation beyond the region.
* Sinfonic Orchestra of the City of Pforzheim
* Archeological Site Kappelhof - Roman and medieval excavation objects
* Civic Museum Eutingen
* Museum on the German Democratic Republic (former east Germany)
* The Center of Fellow-Countrymen Associations (Landsmannschaften; especially those from eastern Europe)
* The Pforzheim Minerals Museum
* The Pforzheim Gallery (paintings)
* The Pforzheim Jewellery Museum in the Reuchlinhaus
* The Pforzheim City Museum Pforzheim (on city history)
* The Technical Museum of the Jewellery and Watchmaking Industry of Pforzheim
* Weissenstein Station - On Railway History in the area of Pforzheim
* Roman Estate in the Kanzlerwald (the excavated remains of an estate built by Roman settlers)
* The Product Exhibition of Pforzheim (jewellery) Companies (Industriehaus)
* The Exhibition of Precious Stones by Widow Mrs. Schuett
* The House of Culture Osterfeld (a sociocultural center: theater, music, dance, cabaret, musical, arts, exhibitions etc.)
* Kupferdaechle (The Copper Roof Teenage Culture Center)
* The Puppet Theater of Raphael Muerle / The Marionette Stage Mottenkaefig
* The Communal Cinema of Pforzheim
* CongressCenter Pforzheim (CCP)
* City Library
Notable examples of architecture
* The Old and New City Hall
* The Archive Building (Archivbau)
* The House of Industry (Industriehaus)
* The look-out tower on Büchenbronn Hill
* The Arch Bridge at Dillweißenstein
* The ruins of Liebeneck Castle
** The Palais and Monastery Church St. Michael (Schloss- und Stiftskirche); it is the city's landmark.
** The Old Town Church St. Martin (Altstadtkirche; Protestant)
** Resurrection Church (Auferstehungskirche; Protestant)
** The Bare Feet Church (Barfüsserkirche; Catholic)
** Christ Church of Brötzingen (Protestant)
** The Protestant City Church (Stadtkirche)
** Heart of Christ Church (Herz-Jesu-Kirche; Catholic)
** Matthew Church (Matthäuskirche; Protestant). This church was designed by architect Eiermann and is a precursory structure of the famous New Berlin Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche)
** St. Franziskus Church (Catholic)
** The Islamic Mosque
** The notable New Synagogue (1890) was lost n
* Seehaus (formerly a hunting villa of the Margrave; now a popular destination for Sunday afternoon walks away from the city)
* The Old Grapes Press of Brötzingen
* Hachel Tower
* The Copper Hammer (Kupferhammer; a traditional water-powered sledge hammer which was used for metal forming)
* The Enz Flood-Plains Park (Enzauenpark; a park to walk, play or cycle along the river Enz)
Other sites of interest
* [http://www.alpengarten-pforzheim.de The Pforzheim Alpine Garden (Alpengarten), closed since 2006]
* The Main Cemetery (Hauptfriedhof)
* Wallberg. The debris from the destroyed town (February 23, 1945) was dumped onto this hill. The Wallberg-Monument on the top is meant to remind people of the city's history; it was erected in 2005 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the bombing raid.
* The Game Animals Zoo (Wildpark Pforzheim)
* Brötzingen Valley Stadium. This is the classical
soccer stadiumof the 1st FC Pforzheim soccer club of 1896, which was inaugurated in 1913. It accommodated a record number of "15.000 to 20.000" spectators on the occasion of the match between South Germanyagainst Central Hungaryin 1920. In the post-2nd-world-war era it accommodated 12.000 spectators at the cup matches 1st FC Pforzheim - 1. FC Nuremberg(score 2:1 after extension; 1961) and 1st FCP - Werder Bremen(score 1:1 after extension; 1988). The soccer club (simply called the "club"), which during its history supplied the first national teamcaptain and a total of eleven first league players, had to file for bankruptcy in February 2004 and for the first time in history is playing in the 5th league, i.e. the Soccer Association's Northern BadenLeague, during the 2004-05 season. In 1906, the club lost the final of the German Soccer Championship against VfB Leipzig1:2 in Nuremberg.
Regularly scheduled events
* February: Carnival Procession (Faschingsumzug) in Dillweissenstein
* May: International Pentecost Tournament of the VfR Pforzheim
* June: "Pforzemer Mess" (a fun fair)
* July: Pforzheim Goldsmith's Market (Goldschmiedemarkt)
* July: "Gruschtelmarkt" (a flea market)
* July: International Pforzheim Music & Theater Festival
* July: "Marktplatzfest" (market place festival, every 2 years; this is one of the largest free-of-charge open air festivals in Soutwestern Germany)
* August: "Öchsle-Fest" (a festival celebrating local wines)
* September: "Brötzingen Saturday"
* November: Pre-Christmas Handicraft Market (Weihnachtsbastelmarkt)
* November/December: Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in the inner city arearef|wikipedia
(a small selection)
Alfons Kern, historian
* 1965 Dr.
Johann Peter Brandenburg, German politician (FDP/DVP, Member of State Parliament, Lord Mayor of Pforzheim
* 1985 Dr.
Willi Weigelt, German politician ( SPD), Lord Mayor of Pforzheim
Richard Ziegler, painter
Rolf Schweizer, church music director
Famous citizens born in Pforzheim
* 1455, January 29,
Johannes Reuchlin, † June 30, 1522 in Stuttgart; humanist and philosopher
* 1798, October 21,
Karl Heinrich Baumgaertner, † December 11, 1886 in Baden-Baden; pathologist
* 1849, May 3,
Bertha Benz, nee Ringer, † 1944; wife of Karl Benz
* 1866, January 31,
Emil Strauss, † August 10, 1960 in Freiburg( Breisgau); German poet
* 1877, Prof. Dr.
Heinrich Otto Wieland, † 1957; Nobel Prizelaureate in chemistry1927
* 1899, December 18,
Karl Abt, † December 1985; painter
* 1913, January 1,
Hans Lutz Merkle, † September 22, 2000; chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH
* 1933, September 22,
Dr. Herbert Mohr-Mayer; jeweller who continued the legacy of Peter Carl Fabergé
* 1938, June 8,
Manfred Mohr; artist and one of the pioneers of computer-generated graphic art (living in New York since 1981)
* 1943, June 6,
Klaus Mangold; former chairman of the board of management of Toll Collect
* 1948, May 30,
Dieter Kosslick; director of the BerlinaleFilm Festival
* 1953, March 26,
Rene Weller; former boxing world champion, presently poet
* 1954, September 18,
Peter Bofinger; member of the " Advisory Board on the Assessment of Macroeconomic Trends" in the Federal Republic of Germany
* 1961, April 13,
Uwe Huebner; TV and radio show host (for example " ZDF-Hitparade")
* 1972, January 7,
Philipp Mohr; architect and industrial designer (living in New York since 1995)ref|wikipedia
FreemasonsLodge "Reuchlin" is located in Pforzheim.
* The internationally successful
rock band Fool's Garden("Lemon Tree") has its origins in Pforzheim.ref|wikipedia
* [http://www.pforzheim.de/portal/page?_pageid=123,50560&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL Kurze Chronik der Stadt Pforzheim - Brief history on the official Web Site of the City of Pforzheim; in German]
*Klaus Kortüm: PORTUS - Pforzheim. Untersuchungen zur Archäologie und Geschichte in römischer Zeit, Sigmaringen, Germany; (1995); (=Quellen und Studien zur Geschichte der Stadt Pforzheim 3); in German.
*Hans-Peter Becht (Hg): Pforzheim im Mittelalter, Pforzheimer Geschichtsblätter, Band 6, Thorbecke, Sigmaringen, Germany; ISBN 3-7995-6044-0; (1983); in German.
*Hans-Peter Becht (Hg): Pforzheim in der frühen Neuzeit, Pforzheimer Geschichtsblätter, Band 7, Thorbecke, Sigmaringen, Germany; ISBN 3-7995-6045-9; (1989); in German.
* [http://www.loebliche-singer-pforzheim.de/DiePestUm1500.html Die Pest: Das grosse Sterben um 1500, Web page by LOEBLICHE SINGERGESELLSCHAFT VON 1501 PFORZHEIM, 2005; in German.]
* [http://www.loebliche-singer-pforzheim.de/VortragGrohMatinee2005.html, Christian Groh: Pforzheim und Baden zur Zeit Johannes Reuchlin. Die Auswirkungen markgraeflicher Regierung auf die Stadt. Web page by LOEBLICHE SINGERGESELLSCHAFT VON 1501 PFORZHEIM, 2005; in German.]
* [http://www.loebliche-singer-pforzheim.de/Pforzheim1500.html, Thomas Frei: Pforzheim im 16. Jahrhundert. Web page by LOEBLICHE SINGERGESELLSCHAFT VON 1501 PFORZHEIM, 2005; in German.]
* [http://www.pz-news.de/specials/web/pforzheim.html Pforzheim_im_Weltkrieg:
Pforzheimer Zeitungof June 26 2004, No.145, p.26; in German.]
* [http://www.pz-news.de/specials/web/pforzheim.html Folge4:"23.Februar1945"
Pforzheimer Zeitungof February 4 2005, No.28, p.22; in German.]
* [http://www.pz-news.de/specials/web/pforzheim.html Folge9:"23.Februar1945"
Pforzheimer Zeitungof February 10 2005, No.33, p.18; in German.]
* [http://www.pz-news.de/specials/web/pforzheim.html Folge10:"23.Februar1945"
Pforzheimer Zeitungof February 11 2005, No.34, p.20; in German.]
* [http://www.pz-news.de/specials/web/pforzheim.html Folge15:"23.Februar1945"
Pforzheimer Zeitungof February 17 2005, No.39, p.18; in German.]
* [http://www.pz-news.de/specials/web/pforzheim.html Folge22:"23.Februar1945"
Pforzheimer Zeitungof February 25 2005, No.46, p.24; in German.]
* [http://www.pz-news.de/specials/web/pforzheim.html Folge25:"23.Februar1945"
Pforzheimer Zeitungof March 4 2005, No.52, p.20; in German.]
* [http://www.pz-news.de/specials/web/pforzheim.html Folge28:"23.Februar1945"
Pforzheimer Zeitungof March 31 2005, No.73, p.20; in German.]
* [http://www.pz-news.de/specials/web/pforzheim.html Folge29:"23.Februar1945"
Pforzheimer Zeitungof April 8 2005, No.80, p.24; in German.]
* [http://www.pforzheim.de/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/BILDER/CHRONIK/ZERSTOERUNGSKARTE.PDF Map of destroyed town area]
* [http://www.pforzheim.de/portal/page?_pageid=118,48701&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL Web page of the City of Pforzheim: City Council; in German]
* [http://www.pforzheim.de/portal/page?_pageid=118,48671&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL Web page of the City of Pforzheim: City Administration; in German]
* [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pforzheim Pforzheim: German language Wikipedia.]
# References Brief history on the official Web site of the City of Pforzheim.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim im Mittelalter, p. 41.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim im Mittelalter, chapters "Pforzheim im Mittelalter", pp. 39-62, and "Commercium et Connubium", pp. 63-76.
# References In: Die Pest: Das grosse Sterben um 1500.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim im Mittelalter, chapter "Pforzheim in muenzgeschichtlicher Sicht". p. 172.
# References Klaus Kortuem: PORTUS - Pforzheim.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim im Mittelalter, p. 223.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim in der fruehen Neuzeit, chapter "Melanchthons Pforzheimer Schulzeit", pp. 9-50.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim im Mittelalter, chapter "St. Michael in Pforzheim", pp. 107-50.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim im Mittelalter, p. 117.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim in der fruehen Neuzeit, chapter "Der Pforzheimer Privilegienstreit (1716-1730)", pp. 117, 118.
# References Christian Groh: Pforzheim und Baden zur Zeit Johannes Reuchlin.
# References Thomas Frei: Pforzheim im 16. Jahrhindert.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim im Mittelalter, p. 45.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim in der fruehen Neuzeit, chapter "Pforzheim im Pfaelzischen Krieg 1688-1697", pp. 81-116.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim in der fruehen Neuzeit, chapter "Der Pforzheimer Privilegienstreit (1716-1730)", pp. 117-160.
# References Pforzheimer Zeitung,
June 26 2004, No.145, p.26, headline "Ein lokales Geschichtswerk".
# The number of dead 17,600 is taken from References Groh.
# References 83% from RAF Web Site: Campaign Diary February 1945,
# The 30,000 people fed by makeshift kitchens is reported in References Pforzheimer Zeitung of
February 25 2005.
# The number of foreign workers killed in the bombings is reported in References Pforzheimer Zeitung of
February 10 2005.
# These figures are similar to References Groh, but must be from another source which is not recorded.
# References The German army report is taken from References Pforzheimer Zeitung of
February 23 2005, under headline "Sofortmeldung nach dem Angriff". Its original in German reads: "In den fruehen Abendstunden richtete sich ein schwerer britischer Angriff gegen Pforzheim".
#References Pforzheimer Zeitung of
March 31 2005.
#References Pforzheimer Zeitung of
April 8 2005.
# References Pforzheimer Zeitung of
March 4 2005.
# A more detailed discussion on the reasons for the main air raid is given in the discussion section of this page. ( Draft of text: On the reason for the Pforzheim bombardment.)
# Pforzheim is situated in a valley and also spread out across the adjacent hill slopes. On the northern slope there is a level, narrow plateau that is about 100 meters wide and about 2 kilometers in length. The railway facilities, including the main station and what used to be the freight loading facilities, are located on this plateau. This is the only level space that can possibly be used for railway facilities there. If the RAF would have been only aiming at destroying the railway facilities, a few aircraft would have sufficed to finish this job in a short time. There was no need to bomb an area that was wider than one kilometer and had a length of more than three kilometers using more than 360 Lancasters, as was the case in the big raid on February 23. The existence and size of the plateau on the northern slope can be verified by examining any topographic map featuring the Pforzheim city area, and the map showing the destroyed city area. (refer to References Map of destroyed town area). And besides that, the area bombardment obviously was not even effective in destroying the railway facilities, because less than one month after the big raid in mid-March the railway facilities were bombed again several times by the
USAF, this time focussing mainly on the suspected military target, not civilian estates (refer to References Pforzheimer Zeitung of March 4 2005).
# References Web page of the City of Pforzheim: City Council; in German.
# References Web page of the City of Pforzheim: City Administration; in German.
# References Hans-Peter Becht: Pforzheim im Mittelalter, chapter "Wappen und Siegel der Stadt Pforzheim". pp. 221-238.
# The core of this section was translated from the corresponding section of the article about Pforzheim in the References German language Wikipedia, as of May 2005.
* [http://www.pforzheim.de Homepage of the city administration (no English version)]
* [http://www.pfenz.de Wiki for the greater Pforzheim area (no English version)]
* [http://homepage2.nifty.com/hild/indexP.html A personal view of contemporary Pforzheim (in English, German, Japanese)]
* [http://www.kulturhaus-osterfeld.de/ Osterfeld House of Culture Info (German)]
* [http://www.schmuckmuseum-pforzheim.de/ Pforzheim Jewellery Museum (German)]
* [http://www.schmuckwelten.de/ Presentation of Pforzheim Jewellery Companies]
* [http://www.angriff1945.de/ Airraid against Pforzheim] (in German)
* [http://sites-of-memory.de/main/pforzheimwallberg.html "Wallberg" rubble pile monument at the "Sites of Memory" webpage]
* [http://sites-of-memory.de/main/location.html#pforzheim Memorials in Pforzheim at the "Sites of Memory" webpage]
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