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Deggendorf is a town in Bavaria, capital of the Deggendorf district.It is located on the left bank approximately in the middle between the Danube cities of Regensburg and Passau. The crossing railway bridge situated on the Danube kilometers 2286th forms the natural border to the city about south-east of the Danube, it is the other side at the foot of the central Bavarian Forest. A few miles downstream, near the district Deggenau, the Isar flows into the Danube.Historical backgroundEarly historyThe earliest traces of settlement in the area are found near the Danube, about 8,000 years ago. Both Bronze Age and Celtic era archeological finds indicate continuous habitation through the years.The first written mention of Deggendorf occurs in 868, and Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor established his supremacy over the area in 1002. It appears as a town in 1212. Henry (d. 1290) of the Landshut branch of the ruling family of Bavaria made it the seat of a custom-house; and in 1331 it became the residence of Henry III of Natternberg (d. 1333), so-called from a castle in the neighbourhood.Masssacre of 1337In the beginning of the 1330s, Deggendorf was an expanding market town with commerce and trade. In the beginning of this new decade, however, it was caught in the middle of a conflict between the Bavarian dukes. A fire damaged large parts of the town. Possibly this was one of the reasons for the high levels of debt to the local Jewish community.
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