Grabow is a town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northeastern Germany, situated on the river Elde, 7 km from Ludwigslust, and 34 km from Wittenberge. The name is of Slavic Polabian origin. Pope Urban III. mentions castle Grabow for the first time in a letter from 1186. The city received city law in 1252. In 1725, it was destroyed by a great fire. The local palace was never rebuilt. The historical center is distinguished by its close core of timber-framed houses.
Otto Plath, the father of writer and poet Sylvia Plath, emigrated from Grabow to the USA. The painter Wilhelm Langschmidt was born in Grabow and settled in the Elgin valley in South Africa. The town which grew around his trading store there still bears the name Grabouw, after his hometown.
There are approx. 120,000 Hungarians living in Germany. They have emigrated since the Middle Ages, but since WW1, numbers have increased at a higher pace. Today, around 75% of them live in Bayern (Bavaria), Baden-Württemberg, and Hessen. Only about 60% arrived with a Hungarian passport; many came from areas of the former Kingdom of Hungary (look up the Treaty of Trianon from 1920).
About 30,000 Hungarians arrived after 1945
About 25,000 arrived after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956
25,000 came as Gastarbeiter (guest workers) from Yugoslavia after 1960
Around 5,000 migranted from Czechoslovakia after the Prague Spring of 1968
Approx. 30,000 Hungarians came from Transylvania / Romania after 1975
About 15,000 arrived fleeing communism in general in Hungary
15,000 moved to East Germany (until the 1990 German reunification)
Notable people of Hungarian descent:
— Albrecht Dürer, painter (his father moved to Germany from Hungary, his surname refers to their old Hungarian village)
— Béla Ernyey, actor
— Joschka Fischer, politician, foreign minister, his family was expelled from Hungary in 1946
— Imre Kertész, writer, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature
— Kevin Kurányi, football player (Hungarian on father)
— Philipp Lenard, physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1905
— Franz Liszt, classical composer
— Leslie Mándoki, musician
— Dzsenifer Marozsán, football player, captain of the Germany women’s national team, Willi Orban – football player, Niklas Süle – football player