Klein Lesewitz (also known as Liezwice and Leźwice; now known as Lasowice Małe; coordinates: 54.1023, 19.1087 [54° 6′ 8″ N, 19° 6′ 31″ E]; population in 1905, 169; in 2012, 80) is located approximately 9 kilometres (5 miles) north-east of Malbork (Marienburg), 13 km. (8 mi.) south of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof), 19 km. (12 mi.) south-west of Elbląg (Elbing), and 43 km. (27 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig). It was situated north of Gross Lesewitz and south of Lindenau.
Klein Lesewitz was first mentioned in historical documents in 1321. Until 1772 Klein Lesewitz 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 Klein Lesewitz was located. Klein Lesewitz 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 Klein Lesewitz was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Malbork, within Malbork County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The 1776 Prussian census lists three Mennonite families in Klein Lesewitz, comprised of 18 individuals, with the following surnames: Barckmann, Claasen, and Dick. In 1820 Klein Lesewitz had 92 inhabitants, including 14 Mennonites. In the 2nd half of the 19th century the village had 54 włókas (970 hectares) of farmland, 111 Catholics, 85 Lutherans, 19 Mennonites, and 9 houses.
Mennonites who were residents of Klein Lesewitz were members of the Heubuden Mennonite Church.
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|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||December 2012|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Klein Lesewitz (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2012. Web. 15 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Klein_Lesewitz_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124627.
Thiessen, Richard D. (December 2012). Klein Lesewitz (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 15 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Klein_Lesewitz_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124627.
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