Reinland (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)

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Reinland (now Starocin, Poland)
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Detailed map of Reinland, ca. 1925.
Source: Archiwum Map Zachodniej Polski

Reinland (now known as Starocin; coordinates: 54.22, 19.15 [54° 13′ 11″ N, 19° 8′ 59″ E]; population in 1905, 136) is located approximately 2 kilometres (2 miles) east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof), 16 km (10 mi.) north-west of Elbląg (Elbing), 22 km (13.5 mi.) north-east of Malbork (Marienburg), and 38 km. (24 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig).

Reinland was one of the later village areas to be cultivated, being covered by a forest until 1725. Until 1772 Reinland was part of the Kingdom of Poland. The First Partition of Poland in 1772 resulted in the creation of a new province in 1773, called West Prussia, in which Reinland was located. Reinland 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. Today it is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Nowy Dwór Gdański, within Nowy Dwór Gdański County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.

In the 1776 Prussian census there were 27 Mennonite families listed as living in Reinland with the following surnames: Behrend, Born, Bruhn, Claassen, Ens, Friesen, Ginther, Hilbrand, Isaac, Loewen, Martens, Neufeld, Peters, Steffen, Steingarth, Toews, Wieb, Wieler, and Wiens. In 1820 there were 132 inhabitants in Reinland, of which 79 were Mennonite.

The Flemish Mennonites of Reinland, by far the majority of Mennonites living in Reinland, were members of the Tiegenhagen Mennonite Church while the Frisian Mennonites were members of the Orlofferfelde Mennonite Church.


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Map:Starocin, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Author(s) Ernst Crous
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published November 2012

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