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city, Lower Saxony Land (state), northwestern Germany. The port city lies at the mouth of the Elbe estuary. Conquered by Hamburg in 1394, it remained the foreport of that city (83 miles [134 km] east-southeast) until it passed to Hanover province in 1937. It was chartered in 1907. It was frequently bombed in World War II and was captured by the Allies in May 1945.