Along with Frankfurt an der Oder and Goerlitz, Guben is one of the split cities on the eastern German/Polish border.
Currently within the German "Land" of Brandenburg, it has also been part of the old military state of Prussia and was for some time part of Sachsen. Guben was split in half by the Oder-Neisse Line founded as Germany's eastern border after World War 2. The other half is now called Gubin.
During the existence of the GDR, Guben was renamed "Wilhelm-Pieck-Stadt Guben" after the first ever GDR President, who was born there.
Guben's major claim to fame was the textile industry, especially in the production of hats. The tradition for weaving is still prevalent as the textile company Trevira still have a key base there.
In Guben, the German part of the twin-city Guben/Gubin at the German-Polish border there is a comprehensive school.
We always paid special attention to the history of the divided city Guben/Gubin, the special status of the border during the time of the GDR, which was an interception line between two different economies with a prosperity descent, and the importance of the chemical-fibre-factory with its 8000 employees, which dismissed 7000 people after the reunification.
Guben is a part of the Euroregion Spree-Neisse-Bober and is a European Model-City.
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