Welcome to Elbing/West Prussia
This homepage offers some basic (I'd even say
rudimentary) information referring to the city of Elbing.
Elbing is situated about 35 miles east of Danzig in the
former German province of West Prussia near the Baltic
Many former citizens of Elbing gathered together in order to keep up contact and to preserve Elbing traditions and share their experiences. If you're looking for specific information about Elbing institutions (e.g. schools, sports clubs) or about the villages of Elbing county, it might be helpful to contact those communities/initiatives in Germany.
The Kurier section comprises articles taken from 'Pangritz-Kurier', a German journal made by former inhabitants of the Elbing district named 'Pangritz-Kolonie'. Just search them through for certain family names or topics.
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Viking visits Truso at Lake Drausen, an early
centre of commerce. Truso is supposed to be the ancient predecessor of Elbing.
|1237||Foundation of the city of Elbing by Hermann Balk (member of the German Order) and former citizens of Lübeck.|
|1358||Elbing becomes founding member of the Hanse.|
|1457||Elbing becomes an independent city-state under the sovereignity of the king of Poland.|
|1535||Establishment of the first Protestant Prussian secondary school at Elbing.|
|1579||Elbing grants free trade to England and goes through a time of revival.|
|1618||Elbing leaves the Hanse.|
|1772||End of the independent city-state status because of the reunification of Prussia by Frederic the Great.|
|1837||Foundation of a mechanical engineering facility by the industrial pioneer Ferdinand Schichau. In course of time it develops into a world-renowned shipyard and a locomotive factory.|
|1878||Foundation of the largest cigar factory of continental Europe by Loeser & Wolff.|
|1889||Foundation of the largest East German dairy by Heinrich Schroeter, Elbing.|
|1922||Elbing becomes part of the governmental district of West Prussia (Westpreußen).|
|1943||Elbing has got 97,370 inhabitants, its surrounding county has got 29,903 inhabitants.|
|1945||Defence of the city against the rush of the Red Army from Jan 23rd to Feb 10th. Nearly all of the historical buildings are destroyed. The rest of the German population is expelled by Polish authorities. Elbing is handed over to Poland for preliminary administration which still continues.|
|1990||45 years after the end of WWII and the expulsion the few remaining Germans establish a socio-cultural society, predecessor of the "Society of the German Minority at the City and County of Elbing".|
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