Neustädterwald (Neustaedterwald, also known as Neustädter Ellerwald; now known as Gozdawa; coordinates: 54.228664, 19.177751 [54° 13′ 43″ N, 19° 10′ 39″ E]; population in 1905, 492; in 2012, 560), is located approximately 5 kilometres (3 miles) east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof), 15 km. (9 mi.) west of Elbląg (Elbing), 23 km. (14 mi.) north of Malbork (Marienburg), and 40 km. (25 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig).
Until the mid 17th century, the Neustädterwald area was a part of the Elbląg (Elbing) estate. Originally, it was a forested area, which was systematically cleared since the beginning of the 18th century. Neustädterwald was established in 1703. Until 1772 Neustädterwald 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 Neustädterwald was located. Neustädterwald was situated in the district (Kreis) of Elbing 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.
The Prussian census of 1776 recorded 34 Mennonite families with the following Mennonite surnames: Born, Claassen, Coeler, Conrad, Dick, Engbrecht, Ens, Ewert, Fast, Friesen, Gebrand, Harder, Jantzen, Krahn, Leben, Neufeld, Nickel, Pauls, Siemons, Steingard, Toews, Warckentin, and Wiebe. In 1820, the village had 433 residents, including 139 Mennonites.
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|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||November 2012|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Neustädterwald (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2012. Web. 22 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Neust%C3%A4dterwald_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124636.
Thiessen, Richard D. (November 2012). Neustädterwald (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Neust%C3%A4dterwald_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124636.
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