My mother and all of her relatives are from the town of Aschersleben and surrounding area. The family surname is Grosse...the Grosse's of Aschersleben. After WW2 Aschersleben became part of the Eastern Block - Russian Communist Germany until 1990.
Most of the Grosse's of Aschersleben were successful in smuggling out of the Communist Block of Germany into Western Germany a few years after the Russians took over.
You can find the exact location of Aschersleben on Wikipedia.