Place:Auenheim, Bas-Rhin, France

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NameAuenheim
TypeInhabited Place
Coordinates48.812222°N 8.010556°E
Located inBas-Rhin, France
Also located inElsaß-Lothringen, Germany     (1871 - 1918)
source: Family History Library Catalog


this article is translated from Wikipédia and Auenheim's Internet site

Auenheim is a French commune located in the Bas-Rhin department and the Alsace. The population in 1999 was 731 inhabitants.

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Geography

Auenheim is a town in the northern plain of Alsace, along the Moder river, on the road from Strasbourg (42 km away) to Lauterbourg (25 km). Haguenau is 20 km east of Auenheim. The surrounding towns are Sessenheim, Rountzenheim, Rœschwoog, Fort-Louis and Dalhunden

History

The history of Auenheim dates from the 8th century, when it is first mentioned in the archives of Wissembourg as Hauuinhaim. In 1359 the name is Oweheim. Like other villages of the area, it is acquired in 1537 by the Barons of Fleckenstein, who bring the Reformation to the town. In 1596 the village is mentioned as Awenheim and is the home of 17 families. In 1717 there are 35 inhabited houses, including a dozen with barns. In 23 August 1744 the village is destroyed by fire. In 1720 Auenheim becomes the property of the Rohan-Soubise family who keeps possession of it until the Revolution of 1789. In 1880 the town has 478 inhabitants and 103 houses.

Sites and Monuments

A church was erected in the 15th Century but it does not exist anymore; even its precise location is unknown. A chapel was built in 1920 in memory of the soldiers from Auenheim who died during World War I. The altar features a manificent ceramic "Pieta" by Léon Elchinger.

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