Brattwin (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)

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Brattwin (now Bratwin, Poland).
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Detailed map of Brattwin, ca. 1909.
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Brattwin (also known as Pratfin and Przetwin; now known as Bratwin; coordinates: 53.46051, 18.688173 [53° 27′ 37″ N, 18° 41′ 17″ E]; population in 1905, 253) is located approximately 5 kilometres (3 miles) south-west of Dragacz (Dragaß), 19 km. (12 miles) east of Świecie (Schwetz), and 49 km. (30 miles) north of Toruń (Thorn).

Brattwin is first mentioned in historical records in 1307, when knight Żywan donated the settlement to the Pelplin Cistercians. In the second half of the 16th century the settlement is listed among the royal properties in the Pomorskie Voivodeship. Dutch settlers arrived in the village in around 1590.

Until 1772 Brattwin 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 on 31 January 1773, called West Prussia, in which the village was located. Brattwin was situated in the district (Kreis) of Schwetz in Regierungsbezirk Marienwerder until the end of World War I, when it came under the jurisdiction of the Pomeranian Voivodeship of the Second Polish Republic. The village came under the control of Nazi Germany during World War II until March 1945, when it was occupied by Soviet forces and returned to Poland. In 2013 Bratwin was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Dragacz, within Świecie County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.

In the Prussian census of 1776 there were five Mennonite families (21 individuals) listed in Brattwin with the following surnames: Baltzer, Dircks, Frantz, Kopper, and Unrau. In 1810 there were 16 Mennonites in Brattwin. In 1935 there were four Mennonite families that were members of the Montau-Gruppe Mennonite Church with the following surnames: Franz, Foth, Hermann, and Siebrand.


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Map:Bratwin, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published March 2013

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