Güldenfelde (also known as Güldenfeldt, Gueldenfeldt, Gueldenfelde, Gilldenfeldt, Guldenfeld, Güldenfeld, and Gueldenfeld; now known as Złotnica; coordinates: 54.031368, 19.30478 [54° 1′ 52″ N, 19° 18′ 17″ E]; population in 1905, 189; in 2013, 110) is located approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles) south-west of Elbląg (Elbing), 17 km. (10.5 miles) east of Malbork (Marienburg), and 24 km. (15 miles) south-east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof).
In 1650, 18 Mennonites leased 23 łan and 4 morgas (415 hectares) of land from Sigismund Guldenstern. Until 1772 Güldenfelde was located in what was known as Royal Prussia (also known as Polish Prussia) in the Kingdom of Poland. The First Partition of Poland in 1772 resulted in the creation of a new province on 31 January 1773, called West Prussia, in which the village was located. Güldenfelde was situated in the district (Kreis) of Stuhm in Regierungsbezirk Marienwerder until the end of World War I, when it came under the jurisdiction of East Prussia. Güldenfelde came under the control of Nazi Germany during World War II until March 1945, when it was occupied by Soviet forces and returned to Poland. In 2013 Güldenfelde (now Złotnica) was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Markusy, within Elbląg County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.
The 1776 Prussian census lists eight Mennonite families in Güldenfelde with the following surnames: Casper, Dircksen, Froes, Funck, Jantzen, Nickel, and Pauls. In 1824 nine Mennonites were landholders in Güldenfelde.
Mennonites who were residents of Güldenfelde were members of the Tragheimerweide Mennonite Church.
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|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||April 2013|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Güldenfelde (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2013. Web. 2 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=G%C3%BCldenfelde_(Warmian-Masurian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124231.
Thiessen, Richard D. (April 2013). Güldenfelde (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=G%C3%BCldenfelde_(Warmian-Masurian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124231.
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