Bezirk Lothringen

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District of Lorraine
Bezirk Lothringen ‹See Tfd›(in German)
Présidence de Lorraine (in French)
District of Alsace-Lorraine
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1871–1918/1920 Blason département fr Moselle.svg

Coat of arms of Lorraine Department

Coat of arms
Location of Lorraine Department
Lorraine district with its subdistricts in different colours (1890)
Capital Metz
Government regional administration
 •  1871–1872 G.H. von Donnersmarck
 •  1872–1873 Botho zu Eulenburg
 •  1875–1876 Robert von Puttkamer
Präsident des Bezirkstags (speaker of parl.)
 •  1874–1881 Auguste-François Adam
 •  1881–1911 Eduard Jaunez
 •  1911–1918 Georges Ditsch
Legislature Bezirkstag (parliament)
Historical era 19th and 20th century
 •  Franco-Prussian War 1870–1871
 •  seized to Germany 19 May 1871 1871
 •  reorganisation acc.
to German standards

 •  Bezirkstag est. 1874
 •  reg. carsign VI C 1906
 •  French occupation 1918–1920
 •  seized to France
Versailles Tr. (effective)

10 January 1920 1918/1920
 •  reconstituted as
Moselle dept.
 •  1900 6,223 km2 (2,403 sq mi)
 •  1910 6,228 km2 (2,405 sq mi)
 •  1900 564,829 
Density 90.8 /km2  (235.1 /sq mi)
 •  1910 655,211 
Density 105.2 /km2  (272.5 /sq mi)
Political subdivisions 8 rural districts (as of 1901)
1 urban district (Metz)
Today part of  France
Part of the series on
Flag of Lorraine.svg
Flag of Lorraine since the 13th century

Bezirk Lothringen (French: Présidence [1] de la Lorraine;[2] i.e. Department of Lorraine), also called German Lorraine (deutsches Lothringen), was the name for a Department ("Bezirk") in the western part of Alsace-Lorraine when it was part of the German Empire from 1871 to 1918.


The District of Lorraine was unlike Prussian government regions no simple governorate but a corporation of self-rule of the pertaining rural and urbans subdistricts and cantons, similar to regions in the then neighbouring Bavaria (Palatinate), thus the district parliaments delegated deputies to the General Council (parliament), the Bezirkstag von Lothringen (French: Conseil Général de la Lorraine). The capital of the District of Lorraine was Metz.

Territorial composition[edit]

The department comprised the districts ("Kreise") of :

  1. Metz, independent city (Stadtkreis)
  2. "Kreis Bolchen", seated in Bolchen (Boulay)
  3. "Kreis Château-Salins", seated in Château-Salins
  4. "Kreis Diedenhofen-Ost", seated in Diedenhofen (Thionville)
  5. "Kreis Diedenhofen-West", seated in Diedenhofen (Thionville)
  6. "Kreis Forbach", seated in Forbach
  7. "Kreis Metz-Land", seated in Metz
  8. "Kreis Saarburg",[3] seated in Saarburg (Sarrebourg)
  9. "Kreis Saargemünd", seated in Saargemünd (Sarreguemines)

The district of Lorraine corresponds exactly to the current département of Moselle. After the outbreak of the Second World War and the defeat of France in 1940, the département of Moselle, renamed CdZ-Gebiet Lothringen, was added to the Gau Westmark on 30 November 1940.[4]

District Presidents[edit]

(German: Bezirkspräsident/French: Président de district)


  • Amtsblatt für den Bezirk Lothringen / Recueil officiel des actes administratifs du Département de la Lorraine (departmental legal gazette; appeared December 1870 to 1918)
  • Ernst Bruck, Das Verfassungs- und Verwaltungsrecht von Elsaß-Lothringen: 3 vols., Straßburg im Elsass: Trübner, 1908–1910.
  • Stefan Fisch, „Das Elsaß im deutschen Kaiserreich (1870/71–1918)“, in: Das Elsass: Historische Landschaft im Wandel der Zeit, Michael Erbe (ed.), Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2003, pp. 123–146. ISBN 3-17-015771-X.
  • Georg Lang, Der Regierungs-Bezirk Lothringen: statistisch-topographisches Handbuch, Verwaltung-Schematismus und Adressbuch, Metz: Lang, 1874
  • Verhandlungen des Bezirkstages von Lothringen / Procès-verbaux des délibérations du Conseil Général de la Lorraine, Metz (proceedings of the departmental parliament sessions, appeared from 1874 to 1918)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ F. ROTH La Présidence de Lorraine dans l’Empire allemand de 1871 à 1918, Annales de l’Est, Mémoire n° 50, Nancy, 1976, Moulin-les-Metz, 720 pages
  2. ^ German was the official language and its promotion was furthered, but bearing the strong proportion of French-speaking Lorrainese in mind several bilingual publications appeared especially referring to the area of their settlement in the west and south of the Department or referring to department-wide events and organisations. In official bilingual publications the Bezirk Lothringen is translated as Département de la Lorraine. Cf. the title of the department's legal gazette: Amtsblatt für den Bezirk Lothringen / Recueil officiel des actes administratifs du Département de la Lorraine.
  3. ^ Not to be confused with the former Rhenish Kreis Saarburg, seated in Saarburg in the Rhineland.
  4. ^ Jacques Lorraine (Edmond Huntzbuchler): Les Allemands en France. Origines, Bretagne, Zone interdite Est, Bourgogne, Alsace et Lorraine, Alger-Oran: editions du Désert, 1945, pp. 121–124.

Coordinates: 49°02′N 6°39′E / 49.033°N 6.650°E / 49.033; 6.650