Kleiner Grasbrook
Kleiner Grasbrook is a quarter (Stadtteil) of Hamburg
-History:The first historic name for the city was, according to Claudius Ptolemy's reports, Treva.But the city takes its modern name, Hamburg, from the first permanent building on the site, a castle whose construction was ordered by the Emperor Charlemagne in AD 808...

, Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

 within the borough (Bezirk) of Hamburg-Mitte
Hamburg-Mitte located in the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg, Germany is one of the seven boroughs of Hamburg, covering mostly the urban center of the city of Hamburg. The quarters Hamburg-Altstadt and Neustadt are the historical origin of Hamburg...

. It is situated on the homonymous island between the Northern and Southern branches of the Elbe
The Elbe is one of the major rivers of Central Europe. It rises in the Krkonoše Mountains of the northwestern Czech Republic before traversing much of Bohemia , then Germany and flowing into the North Sea at Cuxhaven, 110 km northwest of Hamburg...

 river (Norderelbe and Süderelbe), together with the other quarters of Steinwerder, Veddel
Veddel is a quarter in the Hamburg-Mitte borough of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg on the homonymous island in the Elbe river, in northern Germany. In 2006, the population was 4,944.-Demographics:...

 and Wilhelmsburg. It almost exclusively consists of facilities of the port of Hamburg. The four quarters are technically all islands of their own, as they are all separated by their own dams. In 2006 the population was 1,219.


It is believed that the privateer
A privateer is a private person or ship authorized by a government by letters of marque to attack foreign shipping during wartime. Privateering was a way of mobilizing armed ships and sailors without having to spend public money or commit naval officers...

 Klaus Störtebeker
Klaus Störtebeker
Nikolaus Storzenbecher, or Klaus Störtebeker , was a leader and the best known representative of a companionship of privateers known as the Victual Brothers...

 was beheaded on the Grasbrook island in 1400 or 1401.

During World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 the port of Hamburg and therefore Kleiner Grasbrook were targets of the air raids
An air strike is an attack on a specific objective by military aircraft during an offensive mission. Air strikes are commonly delivered from aircraft such as fighters, bombers, ground attack aircraft, attack helicopters, and others...

 of the so called Operation Gomorrah. From mid-July 1944 until October 1945 the subcamp Dessauer Ufer
Dessauer Ufer
Dessauer Ufer was a Nazi Germany subcamp of the Neuengamme concentration camp. The camp opened in mid-July 1944 for 1,000 Czechs and Hungarian Jewish woman selected from Auschwitz-Birkenau. After a month 500 more Polish-Jewish women were forced to work in the Geilenberg programme as oil workers to...

 to the Neuengamme concentration camp existed in the quarter.

In the night from February 16 to February 17, 1962 The island was widely flooded and seriously damaged by a north sea flood
North Sea flood of 1962
The North Sea flood of 1962 was a natural disaster affecting mainly the coastal regions of Germany and in particular the city of Hamburg in the night from 16 February to 17 February 1962...



In 2006 according to the statistical office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the Kleiner Grasbrook quarter has a total area of 4.5 square kilometres (2 sq mi). Kleiner Grasbrook borders in the north to the HafenCity
HafenCity is a quarter in the District of Hamburg-Mitte in Hamburg, Germany. It is located on the Elbe river island that use to be called Kehrwieder and Wandrahm....

 quarter. In the east is the Veddel
Veddel is a quarter in the Hamburg-Mitte borough of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg on the homonymous island in the Elbe river, in northern Germany. In 2006, the population was 4,944.-Demographics:...

 quarter and in the west the Steinwerder quarter. In the south is the Wilhelmsburg quarter.


In 2006 Kleiner Grasbrook had 1,219 inhabitants. The population density was 274 PD/sqkm. 12.7% of the population were under the age of 18, and 8% were 65 years of age or older. 55.9% were resident aliens. 137 people were registered as unemployed. In 1999 there were 694 households out of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them and 47.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 1.95.

Population by year
1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
1,177 1,203 1,285 1,390 1,488 1,583 1,607 1,624 1,643 1,512 1,492 1,362 1,345
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
1,326 1,345 1,320 1,384 1,368 1,299 1,262 1,219

In 2006 there were 334 criminal offences (274 crimes per 1,000 people).


Parts of the port of Hamburg are located in the Kleiner Grasbrook quarter.


There were no schools in the quarter and no physicians in private practice and no pharmacies.


According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), in the quarter were 113 private cars registered (93 cars/1,000 people).

External links

  • Homepage of the unincorporated association Kleiner Grasbrook e.V..
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