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Deutschkreutz is an Austria
Austria , officially the Republic of Austria , is a landlocked country of roughly 8.4 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the...

n market town in the District of Oberpullendorf
Oberpullendorf (district)
Bezirk Oberpullendorf is a district of the state ofBurgenland in Austria.-Municipalities:Towns are indicated in boldface; market towns in italics; suburbs, hamlets and other subdivisions of a municipality are indicated in small characters.Where appropriate, the Hungarian or Croatian names are...

, Burgenland
Burgenland is the easternmost and least populous state or Land of Austria. It consists of two Statutarstädte and seven districts with in total 171 municipalities. It is 166 km long from north to south but much narrower from west to east...

. Its Hungarian
Hungarian language
Hungarian is a Uralic language, part of the Ugric group. With some 14 million speakers, it is one of the most widely spoken non-Indo-European languages in Europe....

 name is Sopronkeresztúr (until 1899, Németkeresztúr), in Hebrew it is called Zelem , .


Deutschkreutz lies in Middle Burgenland. It is divided into the districts of Deutschkreutz and Girm. The town, like its neighbors Unterpetersdorf, Horitschon, and Neckenmarkt
Neckenmarkt is a town in the district of Oberpullendorf in Burgenland in Austria....

, is located in Blaufränkischland.


Deutschkreutz has been a market town
Market town
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 since 1340 (no documention 1370-1429). The town belonged to Hungary
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 as part of Sopron County until 1920/21. After the end of World War I, the territory was given to Austria by the Treaties of St. Germain and Trianon
Treaty of Trianon
The Treaty of Trianon was the peace agreement signed in 1920, at the end of World War I, between the Allies of World War I and Hungary . The treaty greatly redefined and reduced Hungary's borders. From its borders before World War I, it lost 72% of its territory, which was reduced from to...

. Since 1921, the town has belonged to the newly founded State of Burgenland
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In Jewish history, Deutschkreutz was one of the Seven Communities of Burgenland
The Siebengemeinden were 7 Jewish communities located in Eisenstadt and its surrounding area. The groups are known as Sheva Kehillot in Hebrew....

. Due to the former well-known yeshiva
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 there and the international reputation for the Jewish world, Deutschkreutz is the only Austrian village having a Hebrew
Hebrew language
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 name (Tzeilem = cross).


Deutschkreutz's mayor is Manfred Kölly who was expelled from the FPÖ
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 in December 2006. Vice mayors are Mag. Robert Friedl of the SPÖ
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 and Paul Fennes of the ÖVP
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. Its chief officer is Stefan Schöller.

The mandate assignments in the Municipal Council (23 seats) are SPÖ 11, ÖVP 7, FPÖ 5, Grüne
Austrian Green Party
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