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Rathenow () is a town in the district of Havelland in Brandenburg, Germany, with a population of 26,433 (2007).


The Protestant church of St.-Marien-Andreas, originally a basilica, and transformed to the Gothic style in 1517-1589, and the Roman Catholic Church of St George, are noteworthy.

Rathenow is known for its Rathenow stones, bricks made of the clay of the Havel, and for its spectacles and optical instruments, which are exported.

After the fall of the Soviet Union it was revealed that the remains of Hitler and his assistants were secretly buried in graves near Rathenow in Brandenburg.V.K. Vinogradov and others, Hitler's Death: Russia's Last Great Secret from the Files of the KGB, Chaucer Press 2005, 111. This work reproduces a Soviet map showing that the bodies were buried in a field near the village of Neu Friedrichsdorf, approximately one kilometre east of Rathenow.

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