Mob attack of Mügeln


Mügeln is a town in the district Nordsachsen, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is located 9 km southwest of Oschatz and 14 km northwest of Döbeln. The town has a population of approximately 4700 people.


It was in the year of 984 that Mügeln was first menitoned in any documents. The locality was predoniantly of a Slavish nature. In the year of 1064, Müglen came into the possession of Bishop von Meissen, and in the year of 1256 Mügeln was awarded the right to hold a market.

  • 1261: Building of the Ruhethal lock.
  • 1325: The Sorbian language is outlawed.
  • 1429: Destruction of Mügeln by the Hussiten
  • 1542: The first Evangelist service in Mügeln
  • 1561: of the city is lent by bishop Johann IXTH escort and bridge rights church of Haugwitz,
  • 1581: Bishop Johann IX, the last catholic bishop to Meissen, cross to the protest anti-mash. It lived in Mügeln and received the lock “Ruhethal” as “life annuity” for use.

13 years later, Mügeln was plundered. And most of its inhabitants fell victim to a plague epidemic.

  • 1735: Mügeln is extended city privileges by decree of the upper and hereditary courts of the kurfürstlichen office
  • 1834: The last town-gate is removed.
  • 1875 Mügeln is assigned the honour of the office captain shank Oschatz
  • 1884 open the narrow-gauge railway after Döbeln, Oschatz and Wermsdorf their enterprise

In April 1945 the city is occupied by Soviet troops

  • 1968 - 1975 The narrow-gauge railway is gradually shut down. First of all, the section between Mügeln and Döbeln, then the section between Mügeln and Wermsdorf. After 1975 the remaining section is only used for the transport of goods.
  • 1994: During the circle reform, Mügeln was assigned to the Torgau Oschatz district, in spite of the fact that any assignment would also be correct for allocation into the circle of Döbeln.
  • 1995: Passenger traffic on the narrow-gauge railway's Mügeln-Oschatz section resumes.

Mügeln mob attack

On August 19, 2007, eight Indian citizens were chased through the town and beaten. The assailants were a large group of predominantly German youths and the motives behind this attack are still to be ascertained. The incident received worldwide media attention, which was particularly disturbing and unwelcome because of the participation of some of the public in what could be rightly compared to little better than spectators seeking enjoyment by encouraging the assailents to continnue their assault.

The incident occurred during a town celebration in Mügeln, and although the motives are still unclear, racism is thought to be at the root of the trouble. Furthermore, one of the victims has accused the police of brutality. A preliminary investigation has been launched against two of those believed to be responsible for the assault, and the German Federal Government has vowed to increase its efforts to thwart right-wing extremism.

Culture and objects of interest

  • Schloss Ruhethal
  • Narrow-gauge railway of “Wilder Robert”
  • Monument Heinrich of Mügeln on the old market of Joachim Zehme (2005)

Economics and infrastructure

Mügeln is not directly situated on any main traffic routes, but it is only 10 km south of Mügeln until one encounters the A14 motorawy, and 10 km to the north until one encounters the B6 federal highway, close to Oschatz. In addition, there is a narrow gauge railway, the 'savage Robert' which is operated by the museum as one of its attractions.

Relationship to its surroundings

Mugeln lies almost equidistant between Leipzig and Dresden at a distance of approximately 50Km from each major metropolitan area. This being so, Mugeln is not unreasonably distant from more cosmopolitan cultural diversity. Like its not too distant neighbour, Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna at approximately 86Km, on the far side of Dresden, Mugeln is about a two hour car ride from Berlin and Potsdam, at under 150Km, each. As with Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna, Berlin is easily gotten to by intercity train in not much more than two hours, depending on day/night schedules.

To the south west at approximately 124Km lies the city of Weimar. This again clearly demonstrates that Mugeln is very well served by metropolitan centres including cities with a preponderance of internationally acclaimed, academic institutions.

German is the predominant language, as one would expect in Germany :-), but more so to the extent that visitors from outside Germany may find it useful not to be able to easily revert to their mother tongue, if they are keen to gain a more thorough understanding of the German language. For the academically inclined, the Goethe Institute is available in Leipzig and Dresden.

The comparatively flat countryside around Mugeln is mostly made over to agriculture, and comprises moderately large fields for the growing of crops. Not the most dramatic of scenery, to be sure, but is regarded as good cycling country, nonetheless. A number of man-made lakes are an occasional feature, the largest of which being situated in and around a forested area of some 30Km/sq, less than 7.0Km to the north-west. The forested area effectively surrounds the neighbouring village of Wermsdorf on all sides except the south side which faces towards Mugeln. Wermsdorf has quarry to the north-east of its boundary, and well maintained historical buildings to go visit.

Mügeln Town Scribe

For 2008, Mayor Gotthard Deuse appointed TV personality and author Eva Herman to the position of 'Mügeln Town Scribe'. She will reside at Castle Ruhetal. She is acknowledged as a leading expert on contemporary German history and culture, and will reflect on the Arian roots of motherhood in Saxony. It is hoped that this will encourage better intercultural harmony by way of the sharing of each others' histories.


  • Heinrich of Mügeln (approx. 1319-1380), authors of medium high-German Minneliedern, poems, fables, chronicles and sayings

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