Bröske (Broeske; formerly known as Broskie, Brzozki, Brzeski, Brzeska, and Briske; now known as Brzózki; coordinates: 54.173056, 19.019167 [54° 10′ 23″ N, 19° 1′ 9″ E]; population in 1852, 342; in 1905, 281; in 2012, 160), is located approximately 5 kilometres (3 miles) north of Nowy Staw (Neuteich), 16 km. (10 mi.) north of Malbork (Marienburg), and 34 km. (21 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig).
Bröske was first mentioned in 1318 and was granted a charter in 1361. Until 1772 the village was part of the Kingdom of Poland. The First Partition of Poland resulted in the creation of a new province in 1773, called West Prussia. Bröske 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 Bröske (now Brzózki) was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Nowy Staw, within Malbork County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The 1776 Prussian census lists the following Mennonite names in Bröske: Bicker, Epp, Fast, Jantzen, Neufeldt, Wall, Wieb, and Wiens. In 1820, the village had 281 residents, including 38 Mennonites. The Flemish Mennonites who settled in Bröski belonged to the Ladekopp Mennonite Church, while the Frisian Mennonites belonged to the Orlofferfelde Mennonite Church. Bröskerfelde, a part of the village of Bröske, was the location of a school attended by many Mennonite students.
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|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||October 2012|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Bröske (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2012. Web. 25 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Br%C3%B6ske_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124590.
Thiessen, Richard D. (October 2012). Bröske (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Br%C3%B6ske_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124590.
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