Cottbus (Bezirk)

The district Cottbus was established in 1952 after the dissolution of states within the country as one of a total of 14 districts. The southern state of Brandenburg and part of Saxony- Anhalt with the circles Jessen, Herzberg and Bad Liebenswerda were incorporated in the District of Cottbus. It corresponded approximately to the Lower Lausitz region.

  • 3.1 Urban district Cottbus ( 1954 )

Administrative divisions

The district comprised the urban district of Cottbus ( from 1 March 1954) and the following counties. For the circles that were part of the settlement area of ​​the Sorbs, also the Sorbian name is specified in each case.

In 1990, the countries were introduced on the territory of the GDR again and dissolved the districts. The largest part of the district Cottbus went on in the state of Brandenburg. The counties Hoyerswerda and white water came through a referendum on the Free State of Saxony, the circle Jessen to the state of Saxony- Anhalt.

Governmental and party leaders

Chairman of the Council of the District

First Secretary of the SED district leadership


Urban district Cottbus ( 1954 )

Area of the district: 8262 km ² area of ​​the urban district Cottbus: 51 km ²

Coat of arms

By sealing order of the GDR from May 28, 1953 lost all its importance as a regional emblem mark or seal. However, the coat of arms of cities and counties were still used on buildings, or in publications without meeting an official function. The coat of arms used in some books of the district Cottbus actually shows the coat of arms of the city of Cottbus. Officially was the seal coat of arms of the GDR. Only by the municipal constitution of the GDR of 17 May 1990 municipalities and counties were able for the first time explicitly lead coat of arms and use it as a seal.