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Celle(tsĕl`ə), city (1994 pop. 73,670), Lower Saxony, N Germany, on the Aller River. Its manufactures include food products, electronic components, chemicals, and oil-drilling equipment. Wax processing and horse breeding are important locally. Celle was chartered in 1294. Its castle was the residence of the dukes of Lüneburg-Celle, a branch of the house of Braunschweig, from 1378 to 1705. The castle still houses a famous 17th-century Baroque theater. On April 8, 1945, concentration camp prisoners who escaped during an air raid while being transferred to Bergen-Belsen nearby were massacred here.
a city in the Federal Republic of Germany, in the Land of Lower Saxony, on the Aller River. Population, 75,400 (1975). Celle is a transportation junction. The city has machine-building, petroleum-refining, and chemical industries. Buildings of note include a castle constructed between the 13th and 17th centuries and an 18th-century town hall.