Fischau (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland)

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Fischau (now Fiszewo, Poland).
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Detailed map of Fischau, ca. 1925.
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Fischau (also known as Vischaw, Fischaw, and Wiscowia; now known as Fiszewo; coordinates: 54.069444, 19.240556 [54° 4′ 10″ N, 19° 14′ 26″ E]; population in 1905, 446; in 2013, 270) is located 13.1 kilometers (8.1 miles) north-east of Malbork (Marienburg), 14.3 km. (8.9 mi.) south-west of Elbląg (Elbing), and 18.3 km. (11.4 mi.) south-east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof).

Fischau was first mentioned in 1257 as the seat of a commandry. At one time the village probably had a castle. In 1510, Fischau had 49.5 włókas (889 hectares) of land. In 1643, the residents erected a Lutheran church, which was replaced by a new church in 1706, which in turn was replaced in 1886. Until 1772 the village 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. Fischau 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. In 2013 Fischau (now Fiszewo) was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Gronowo Elbląskie, within Elbląg County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.

The 1776 Prussian census mentions one Mennonite family, headed by Dirck Dick. In 1820, the village has 387 residents, including 7 Mennonites, and in 1860, Fischau had 34 houses and was inhabited by Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and 8 Mennonites.

Mennonites who were residents of Fischau were members of the Thiensdorf-Markushof Frisian or the Elbing-Ellerwald Flemish congregations.


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Map:Fiszewo, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published March 2016

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