Pordenau (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)

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Detailed map of Pordenau, ca. 1909.
Source: Archiwum Map Zachodniej Polski
Pordenau (now Pordenowo, Poland).
Source: Wikipedia Commons
Pordenau house built in 1811.
Source: Catalogue of Monuments of Dutch Colonization in Poland website

Pordenau (also known as Bordenau and Purdenau; now known as Pordenowo; coordinates: 54.1509, 18.9031 [54° 9′ 3″ N, 18° 54′ 11″ E]; population in 1905, 235; in 2012, 130) is located approximately 5 kilometres (3 miles) north of Lichnowy (Groß Lichtenau), 16 km. (10 mi.) north-west of Malbork (Marienburg), 16 km. (10 mi.) south-west of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof), and 30 km. (19 mi.) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk (Danzig).

Pordenau received privileges in 1399 or 1410. The area was re-settled in the 17th century as a part of the village of Groß Lichtenau (now Lichnowy Wielkie). Until 1772 Pordenau 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 Pordenau was located. Pordenau 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 Pordenau (now Pordenowo) was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Lichnowy, within Malbork County, Pomeranian Voivodeship.

The Prussian census of 1776 lists 10 Mennonite families in Pordenau with the following surnames: Claasen, Ens, Esau, Harder, Sawatski, Wiens, and Woelcke. In 1820, the village had 208 residents, including 50 Mennonites. In 1869 Pordenau had 20 houses and 245 residents, including 51 Mennonites, and in 1936 it had  277 residents, including 36 Mennonites.

The Flemish Mennonites of Pordenau were members of the Ladekopp Mennonite Church while the Frisian Mennonites were members of the Orlofferfelde Mennonite Church.


Stowarzyszenie Konserwatorów Zabytków. "Pordenowo." Catalogue of Monuments of Dutch Colonization in Poland. 2005. Web. 15 December 2012. http://holland.org.pl/art.php?kat=obiekt&id=419&lang=en.

Wikipedia. "Pordenowo." Web. 15 December 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pordenowo.

Wolf, Hans-Jürgen. "Familienforschung in Westpreußen." Web. 15 December 2012. http://www.westpreussen.de/pages/forschungshilfen/ortsverzeichnis/details.php?ID=5233.


Map:Pordenowo, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published December 2012

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