Place:Biberach an der Riß, Baden, Germany

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NameBiberach an der Riß
Alt namesBiberachsource: Wikipedia
Biberach an der Ribsource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
Biberach an der Risssource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeTown
Coordinates48.1°N 9.8°E
Located inBaden, Germany
Also located inBiberach, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany    
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Biberach is a town in the south of Germany. It is the capital of Biberach district, in the Upper Swabia region of the German state (Land) of Baden-Württemberg. To distinguish it from the other towns of the same name it is called Biberach an der Riss after the small river Riss which flows through the city (the Riss also gave its name to the Riss glaciation period).

History

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For many centuries, Biberach was an Imperial Free City in the Holy Roman Empire. In that role it participated in the 1792 Reichstag.

During the Protestant Reformation, Biberach was notable for being — eventually along only with Ravensburg, Augsburg and Dinkelsbühl — a "Mixed Imperial City" where the Peace of Westphalia caused the establishment of a joint CatholicProtestant government and administrative system, with equality offices and a precise and equal distribution between Catholic and Protestant civic officials.

This status ended in 1803, when Biberach was annexed by the Margraviate of Baden, soon to become a grand-duchy. In 1806, it was traded to the Kingdom of Württemberg in exchange for the town of Villingen; becoming part of the German Empire on its creation in 1871.

During World War II, two large prisoner-of-war camps were located here, with Oflag V-B for officers, and internment camp Ilag V-B for allied civilians, mainly from the Channel Islands.

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