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Biesterfelde (now known as Bystrze, Poland) Source: Wikipedia Commons
Biesterfelde home, built in the early 19th century Source: [ Catalogue of Monuments of Dutch Colonization  in Poland]
Biesterfelde (also known as Bysterfeld, Bysterfelde, Biesterfeld, Beisterfeld, Biesterfelde; now known as Bystrze; coordinates: 54.036005, 18.854255 [54° 2′ 9″ N, 18° 51′ 15″ E]; population in 1852, 261; in 1905, 211; in 2012, 220), is located approximately 5 kilometres (3 miles) north-west of Miłoradz (Mielenz), 12 km. (7 mi.) west of Malbork (Marienburg), and 40 km. (25 mi.) south of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig).

The village was founded by Ludolf König, the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, on 36 włókas (646 hectares) under the name Bysterfeld. The church mentioned in the 16th century was demolished in the 19th century. The old estate Renkau (Rękowo) was incorporated into the village. 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. Biesterfelde 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 Biesterfelde (now Bystrze) was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Miłoradz, within Malbork County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.

In 1776 two Mennonite families of nine people in total lived in Biesterfelde (Bergen and Ens). In 1820, the village had 166 residents, including 10 Mennonites.

Mennonites in Biesterfelde were members of the Heubuden Mennonite Church.

[edit] Bibliography

Stowarzyszenie Konserwatorów Zabytków. "Bystrze." Catalogue of Monuments of Dutch Colonization in Poland. 2005. Web. 8 October 2012.

Wikipedia. ""Bystrze, Pomeranian Voivodeship." Web. 8 October 2012.,_Pomeranian_Voivodeship.

Wolf, Hans-Jürgen. "Familienforschung in Westpreußen." Web. 8 October 2012.

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Map:Bystrze (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published October 2012

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Thiessen, Richard D. "Biesterfelde (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2012. Web. 24 Mar 2017.,_Poland)&oldid=94090.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (October 2012). Biesterfelde (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 March 2017, from,_Poland)&oldid=94090.

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