Leske (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)
Leski (also known as Lysaki, Liaszki, and Lescke; now known as Laski; coordinates: 54.119759, 19.001133 [54° 7′ 11″ N, 19° 0′ 4″ E]; population in 1905, 151; in 2012, 170), located approximately 2 kilometres (1 miles) south-west of Nowy Staw (Neuteich), 10 km. (6 mi.) north of Malbork (Marienburg), and 37 km. (23 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig).
Leski was founded in 1333 as the seat of a Teutonic alderman. The village had a church and a manor, which were mentioned in the 18th century, but by 1820 were in ruins. Until 1772 Leske was part of the Kingdom of Poland. The First Partition of Poland in that year resulted in the creation of a new province in 1773, called West Prussia, in which Leske was located. Leske was situated in the district (Kreis) of Marienburg until the establishment of the Free City of Danzig in 1920. The village came under the control of Nazi Germany during World War II until February 1945, when it was occupied by Soviet forces and returned to Poland. In 2012 Leske (now Laski) was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Nowy Staw, within Malbork County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.
About 1565 the estates of the Teutonic Knights, which had been acquired by the Polish crown, including Leske, were leased out to Mennonites. The 1776 census lists 11 Mennonite families in Leske with the following surnames: Barckmann, Dick, Fast, Loewen, Mattis, Peters, Spenst, van Bergen, and Wiebe. In 1820, the village had 116 residents, including 35 Mennonites.
Mennonites who were residents of Leske were members of the Heubuden Mennonite Church.
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