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Stadtteil of Norden
Lage von Tidofeld im Stadtgebiet von Norden
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Coordinates: 53°35′44″N07°14′11″E / 53.59556°N 7.23639°E / 53.59556; 7.23639 Coordinates: 53°35′44″N07°14′11″E / 53.59556°N 7.23639°E / 53.59556; 7.23639
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
Town Norden
  Total0.468 km2 (0.181 sq mi)
1 m (3 ft)
  Density2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes 04931

Tidofeld has been an autonomous part of the East Frisian borough of Norden since 1996 and has around 1,000 inhabitants (as at 12/2016)), [1] spread over an area of just 0.47 km². [2] Its built-up area is completely integrated with the town itself. Until 1952, Tidofeld was part of the municipality of Lütetsburg.



The name Tidofeld goes back to a schloss that was built here in the 17th century on this site. It was built by Tido, Freiherr of Innhausen and Knyphausen (1582–1638). Freiherr Tido was a brother of Field Marshal Dodo of Innhausen and Knyphausen.

Tidofeld gained particular importance from the fact that after the Second World War in a former Wehrmacht barracks (a naval transit camp), a displaced persons camp was established which held 6,000 people and was thus one of the largest camps in Germany. [3] In the middle of the camp a barrack hut was turned into a church building. [3] It was the forerunner of the Church of Grance (Gnadenkirche) built in 1961 and - after it was deconsecrated - documentation centre.


The Church of Mercy, Tidofeld (erbaut 1961), today a documentation centre about the history of the displaced persons ChurchTidofeld.jpg
The Church of Mercy, Tidofeld (erbaut 1961), today a documentation centre about the history of the displaced persons

Among the attractions in Tidofeld is a permanent exhibition in the disused Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Mercy, which documents the ethnic cleansing of the former German eastern territories. [4] This project is under the patronage of the former Lower Saxon minister-president, David McAllister. Until she stepped down, Margot Käßmann, former state bishop of the Evangelical-Lutheran State Church of Hanover, was a patroness of the documentation centre.

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  1. Norden.de: Einwohnerzahl nach Ortsteilen
  2. Norden.de: Ortsteile der Stadt Norden
  3. 1 2 Evangelisch-lutherischer Kirchenkreis Norden: Tidofeld 1945-1960, Dokumentationen und Bilder zum Flüchtlingslager Tidofeld; gesehen am 13. Januar 2010
  4. Evangelisch-lutherischer Kirchenkreis Norden: Gnadenkirche Tidofeld; retrieved 13 January 2010