Thiergarth (also known as Tirgart, Tirgarten, Tyrgarte, Thiergartsdorf, and Thiergart; now known as Zwierzno; coordinates: 54.0367, 19.3411 [54° 2′ 12″ N, 19° 20′ 27″ E]; population in 1905, 685; in 2013, 460) is located approximately 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of Elbląg (Elbing), 19 km. (12 miles) east of Malbork (Marienburg), and 25 km. (15 miles) south-east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof).
Until 1772 Thiergarth 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 the village was located. Thiergarth was situated in the district (Kreis) of Marienburg until the end of World War I, when it came under the jurisdiction of the German province of East Prussia. At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, it came under the control of Nazi Germany. In February 1945 it was occupied by Soviet forces and eventually returned to Poland. In 2012 Zwierzno was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Markusy, within Elbląg County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.
The 1776 Prussian census lists 24 Mennonite families in Thiergarth with the following surnames: Dick, Epp, Froes, Goertz, Harms, Hein, Heinrich, Jantzen, Kaettler, Pauls, Penner, Plett, Stob, and Unger. In 1820 Thiergarth had 623 inhabitants, including 37 Mennonites.
Mennonites who were residents of Thiergarth were members of the Thiensdorf-Markushof Mennonite Church.
Wikipedia. "Zwierzno." Web. 20 February 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwierzno.
Wolf, Hans-Jürgen. "Familienforschung in Westpreußen." Web. 20 February 2013. http://www.westpreussen.de/cms/ct/ortsverzeichnis/details.php?ID=6491.
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||February 2013|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Thiergarth (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2013. Web. 24 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Thiergarth_(Warmian-Masurian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=124366.
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