Sommerau (also known as Zembrowo, Zomerowo, Semorowo, Zamerau, and Sommerau (Nogat); now known as Ząbrowo; coordinates: 54.0906, 19.2175 [54° 5′ 26″ N, 19° 13′ 3″ E]; population in 1905, 379; in 2012, 423) is located approximately 13 km (8 mi.) north-east of Malbork (Marienburg), 14 km (8.5 mi.) south-west of Elbląg (Elbing), 16 km (10 mi.) south-east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof), and 49 km (30 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig).
Sommerau was founded in 1383 and probably received privileges in 1441. Until 1772 Sommerau 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 in 1773, called West Prussia, in which Sommerau was located. Sommerau was situated in the district (Kreis) of Marienburg until the end of World War I, when it came under the jurisdiction of the German province of East Prussia. 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 Sommerau was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Stare Pole, within Malbork County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The 1776 Prussian census does not list any Mennonites living in Sommerau. In 1820, it had 220 residents, including 2 Mennonites.
Mennonites who were residents in Sommerau were members of the Thiensdorf-Markushof Mennonite Church.
Stowarzyszenie Konserwatorów Zabytków. "Ząbrowo." Catalogue of Monuments of Dutch Colonization in Poland. 2005. Web. 13 December 2012. http://holland.org.pl/art.php?kat=obiekt&id=477&lang=en.
Wikipedia. "Ząbrowo." Web. 13 December 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ząbrowo,_Pomeranian_Voivodeship.
Wolf, Hans-Jürgen. "Familienforschung in Westpreußen." Web. 13 December 2012. http://www.westpreussen.de/cms/ct/ortsverzeichnis/details.php?ID=6169.
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||December 2012|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Sommerau (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2012. Web. 30 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Sommerau_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124116.
Thiessen, Richard D. (December 2012). Sommerau (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Sommerau_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124116.
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