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Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
The arms were granted on April 21, 1938.
The arms are a combination of the arms of the Duchy of Magdeburg and the arms of the Bismarck family. Most of the area was part of the Duchy of Magdeburg, but a small part was part of the Altmark and the Bismarck family were vassals of the Altmark since 1562. The famous German politician, Otto von Bismarck was born in the castle in Schönhausen in the county.
Literature : Papendieck, H. : Die Wappen der Landkreise und kreisfreien Städte des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt. Landesarchiv Magdeburg, 1996.