Laakendorf (also known as Unterlakendorf, Unter Lakendorf, Lakendorf, and Lackendorf; now known as Solnica; coordinates: 54.188611, 19.209444 [54° 11′ 19″ N, 19° 12′ 34″ E]; population in 1905, 652; in 2012, 260) is located approximately 7 kilometres (4 miles) south-east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof), 12 km (7 mi.) north-west of Elbląg (Elbing), 20 km (12 mi.) north-east of Malbork (Marienburg), and 43 km. (27 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig).
Laakendorf was established in 1600. Until 1772 Laakendorf 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 Laakendorf was located. Laakendorf 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 it was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Nowy Dwór Gdański, within Nowy Dwór Gdański County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The 1776 Prussian census lists 68 Mennonite families in Laakendorf with the following surnames: Barg, Boschmann, Brand, Braun, Claassen, Dick, Dridger, Ens, Epp, Friesen, Froes, Gossen, Groening, Hamm, Harder, Hiebert, Hilbrand, Jantzen, Krahn, Kroecker, Krueger, Lepp, Martens, Neufeldt, Neusteter, Penner, Peters, Pries, Redekop, Reimer, Rempel, Scheilenberg, Schwarz, Siemons, Thiesen, van Roy, Wiebe, Wiens, and Willms. In 1820, the village had 624 residents, including 89 Mennonites.
The vast majority of Mennonites who were residents of Laakendorf were Flemish Mennonites and were members of the Rosenort Mennonite Church. Several Frisian Mennonite families in the village were members of the Orlofferfelde Mennonite Church.
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|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||November 2012|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Laakendorf (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2012. Web. 21 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Laakendorf_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124630.
Thiessen, Richard D. (November 2012). Laakendorf (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Laakendorf_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124630.
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