Groß Brodsende (also known as Dolsteter und Baumgarther Damm, Brodzende, Gross Brodsende, Brutzendy, Brudzendy Małe, and Brocendy Małe; now known as Brudzędy Wielkie; coordinates: 54.006759, 19.385375 [54° 0′ 24″ N, 19° 23′ 07″ E]; population in 1905, 301; in 2013, 170) is located approximately 18 kilometers (11 miles) south of Elbląg (Elbing), 22 km. (14 miles) east of Malbork (Marienburg), 29 km. (18 miles) south-east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof).
Groß Brodsende was founded in 1631 by Dutch colonists. Until 1772 the village 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 Groß Brodsende was located. Groß Brodsende was situated in the district (Kreis) of Stuhm in Regierungsbezirk Marienwerder until the end of World War I, when it eventually came under the jurisdiction of East Prussia. Groß Brodsende 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 Brudzędy Wielkie was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Markusy, within Elbląg County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.
The 1776 Prussian census lists five Mennonite families in Groß Brodsende with the following surnames: Billing, Dircksen, Froese, Funck, and Goertzen. The 1824 Mennonite land census of Marienwerder does not list any Mennonite land holders in Groß Brodsende.
Mennonites who were residents of Groß Brodsende 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. "Groß Brodsende (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2013. Web. 4 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gro%C3%9F_Brodsende_(Warmian-Masurian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124453.
Thiessen, Richard D. (April 2013). Groß Brodsende (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 4 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gro%C3%9F_Brodsende_(Warmian-Masurian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124453.
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