Emil Drange

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Emil Drange (born 18 March 1866, died 8 April 1913 in Elbing) was a German municipal official who served as the city clerk (Oberstadtsekretär) and deputy mayor of Elbing and thus as one of the top municipal officials of the city. He was the great-grandfather of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and has received media attention in Poland in recent years.

He was born in East Prussia. His father was a miller who had been born in Lower Silesia, and his mother was a native of the Posen (Poznań) area.[1] His wife Emma Wachs was born in Glogau in 1871 and died in 1935.

The graves of Emil Drange and his wife Emma in Elbing are preserved.[2]


  1. ^ Prominente Elbinger
  2. ^ Ot to (2011-06-13). "Elbląg: grób pradziadków kanclerz Angeli Merkel - Moje Mazury" (in Polish). Mojemazury.pl. Retrieved 2014-05-26.