Kunzendorf (now known as Kończewice; coordinates: 54.058682, 18.864212 [54° 3′ 31″ N, 18° 51′ 51″ E]; population in 1905, 624; in 2012, 650), is located approximately 7 kilometres (4 miles) north-west of Miłoradz (Mielenz), 13 km. (8 mi.) west of Malbork (Marienburg), and 37 km. (23 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig). It was situated to the north of Biesterfelde and to the south of Alt-Weichsel.
The village of Pilgrimesdorf was first mentioned in historical documents in 1316. The village was granted the Chełmno Rights (Kulm Law, a legal constitution for a municipal form of government) in 1338 by the Grand Master Dytryk von Altenburg. 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. Kunzendorf 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 Kunzendorf (now Kończewice) was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Miłoradz, within Malbork County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The sources from 1776 mentioned the following Mennonite names: Claassen, Reimer, Tiesen, and Warkentin. In 1820, the village had 290 residents, including 20 Mennonites. In the 1860s, Kończewice had 541 Catholics and Lutherans, and 15 Mennonites.
Mennonites who were residents of Kunzendorf were members of the Heubuden Mennonite Church.
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|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||October 2012|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Kunzendorf (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2012. Web. 26 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kunzendorf_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=123903.
Thiessen, Richard D. (October 2012). Kunzendorf (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kunzendorf_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=123903.
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