In Pomerania, Posen, and Silesia there were no great numbers of Mennonites. Within the other parts of the state the various groups of Mennonites long developed in regional independence of each other, also in relation to the state. Friedrich Wilhelm I took a very different attitude toward the Mennonites in East Prussia than to the Mennonites in Krefeld. Friedrich II granted specific privileges to the settlements in the Netzebruch in 1765 and to the Mennonites in the East in 1780. In 1830 Friedrich Wilhelm III, after careful preparation, issued a law particularly designed for the Mennonites in the West. But the Order of Cabinet of 1827 concerning the oath was valid for the entire state; likewise the elimination of exemption from military service of 1867, the permission granted the old Mennonite families to do noncombatant military service, and in 1874 the law concerning the rights of the Mennonite churches to incorporate.
The 1925 German census gives the following statistics (total population) for the Mennonites in Prussia:
|District West Prussia||3,120|
|Total Province of East Prussia||3,902|
|Total Province of Brandenburg||218|
|Total Province of Pomerania||99|
|Province of Grenzmark Posen-West Prussia||24|
|Total Province of Lower Silesia||139|
|Province of Upper Silesia||10|
|Total Province of Saxony||176|
|Total Province of Schleswig-Holstein||227|
|Total Province of Hanover||422|
|Total Province of Westphalia||306|
|Total Province of Hessen-Nassau||135|
|Total Rhine Province||1,301|
|Cities - Mennonite Population|
Cite This Article
Crous, Ernst. "Prussia." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 3 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Prussia&oldid=96132.
Crous, Ernst. (1959). Prussia. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Prussia&oldid=96132.
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