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Błąkały (Poland)
Basic data
State : Poland
Voivodeship : Warmia-Masuria
Powiat : Gołdap
Gmina : Dubeninki
Geographic location : 54 ° 18 ′  N , 22 ° 38 ′  E Coordinates: 54 ° 18 ′ 21 ″  N , 22 ° 38 ′ 0 ″  E
Residents : 81 (Dec. 31, 2010)
Telephone code : (+48) 73
License plate : NGO
Economy and Transport
Street : Ext. 651 : GołdapŻytkiejmy - Sejny
Żytkiejmy - Sakjzgiri → Błąkały
Rail route : no rail connection
Next international airport : Danzig

Błąkały ( German  Blindgallen , 1938–1945 Schneegrund ) is a village in the Polish Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship . It is located in the powiat Gołdapski (Goldap district) and belongs to the rural municipality Dubeninki (Dubeningken) .


Błąkały is located on the south-eastern edge of the Rominter Heide ( Polish: Puszcza Romincka ), 22 kilometers east of the district town of Gołdap (Goldap) . To the west of the village there is a ravine that the Błędzianka (Blind) river forms here on its way to the Rominter Heath.

Street view in Błąkały


Already after 1590 the small village was called Blindekallen ; In 1603 it was called Blindtkalnen and before 1785 also drying ; after all, until 1938 it was called blind gall . Between 1874 and 1945 it was incorporated into the Dubeningken district ( Dubeninki in Polish ), which - renamed the Dubeningen district in 1939 - until 1945 belonged to the Goldap district in the Gumbinnen district of the Prussian province of East Prussia .

In 1910 there were 244 residents registered in Blindgallen; their number decreased to 209 by 1933 and totaled 213 in 1939.

On June 3 - officially confirmed on 16 July - the year 1938 was blind Gallen in Schneegrund renamed . In 1945 the city came in consequence of the war with the whole southern East Prussia to Poland and is now a district - with Schulz Office (sołectwo) in Gmina Dubeninki in gołdap county of Warmia and Mazury .


Before 1945, the overwhelming majority of Blindgallen's residents were of Protestant denomination. The village was in the parish of Dubeningken Church in the church district Goldap within the ecclesiastical province of East Prussia the Protestant Church of the Old Prussian Union eingepfarrt. Catholic church members belonged to the parish in Goldap in the Diocese of Warmia .

Today most of the residents of Błąkały are Roman Catholics. Your parish church is the then Protestant church in Dubeninki and now belongs to the Gołdap deanship in the Ełk diocese of the Catholic Church in Poland . The few Protestant church members belong to the parish in Gołdap, a branch parish of the parish in Suwałki (Suwalken) in the Masuria diocese of the Evangelical Augsburg Church in Poland .


Błąkały in the far north-east of Mazury is on Voivodship Road 651 , which connects the two district towns of Gołdap ( Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship ) and Sejny ( Podlaskie Voivodeship ). A railway connection existed until 1945 through the so-called "Kaiserbahn". This railway line connected Goldap with Szittkehmen and was built in 1926 to Blindgallen, and in 1927 from Blindgallen to Szittkehmen. It was not reactivated after the war. The course of the route can still be seen today.

Sons and daughters of the place

  • Gustav Dörr (1887–1928), German fighter pilot, commercial pilot for Deutsche Lufthansa
  • Gustav Szinda (1897–1988), German communist and major general in the GDR Ministry for State Security

Web links

Commons : Błąkały  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Główny Urząd Statystyczny, Portret miejscowości statystycznych w gminie Dubeninki (powiat gołdapski, województwo warmińsko-mazurskie) w 2010 r. Online (xls file)
  2. ^ Dietrich Lange: Geographical Register of Places East Prussia (2005): Schneegrund
  3. ^ Rolf Jehke: Dubeningken / Dunbeningen district
  4. ^ Uli Schubert: Community directory, district Goldap
  5. ^ Michael Rademacher: German administrative history from the unification of the empire in 1871 to the reunification in 1990. Goldap district. (Online material for the dissertation, Osnabrück 2006).
  6. Walther Hubatsch : History of the Protestant Church in East Prussia. Volume 3: Documents. Göttingen 1968, p. 478.
  7. Dieter Zeigert: Disappeared tracks. The "Kaiserbahn" Goldap – Szittkehmen. Stade 2011.