Prangenau (also known as Prangau, Prągowo, Pręgowo, Pręgnowo; now known as Pręgowo Żuławskie; coordinates: 54.157224,18.929166 [54° 9' 26" N, 18° 55' 44" E]; population in 1905, 235; in 2006, 82), a village in the Marienburg Werder, West Prussia (now Poland). It lies approximately 6 kilometers (4 miles) north-west of Nowy Staw (Neuteich), 16 km. (10 mi.) north-west of Malbork (Marienburg), and 31 km. (19 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig).
Prangenau was established in 1350 by the Grand Commander, Heinrich Tusmer. A half-timbered Lutheran church was erected in Prangenau in 1768. Until 1772 Prangenau 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 Prangenau was located. Prangenau 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 Prangenau (now Pręgowo Żuławskie) was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Nowy Staw, within Malbork County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The 1776 Prussian census lists nine Mennonite families in Prangenau with the following surnames: Claasen, Conrad, Dick, Ens, Kroecker, Regehr, Toews, and von Bargen. In 1820, the village had 188 residents, including 54 Mennonites. In 1869, the village had 303 residents, including 43 Mennonites.
Located in the area of the Ladekopp community, it was rather late in receiving Mennonite settlers. Some of these settlers lived on the three farmsteads (Höfe) "built into the field." One of these farms belonged to Johann Penner, the elder of the Ladekopp congregation until his death in 1943. Since he was also chairman of the Committee of Elders of the Conference of the Mennonite Churches of East and West Prussia, this village became one of the better-known villages.
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Wikipedia. "Pręgowo Żuławskie." Web. 17 October 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pręgowo_Żuławskie.
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||October 2012|
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Quiring, Horst and Richard D. Thiessen. "Prangenau (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2012. Web. 27 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Prangenau_(Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=123957.
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