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Coat of arms of Gmina Debrzno
Debrzno (Poland)
Basic data
State : Poland
Voivodeship : Pomerania
Powiat : Człuchowski
Area : 7.52  km²
Geographic location : 53 ° 32 '  N , 17 ° 14'  E Coordinates: 53 ° 32 '0 "  N , 17 ° 14' 0"  E
Height : 162 m npm
Residents : 5150 (Dec. 31, 2016)
Postal code : 77-310 to 77-311
Telephone code : (+48) 59
License plate : GCZ
Economy and Transport
Street : Ext. 188 : Człuchów - Piła
Rail route : PKP - route 426: Piła – Tczew , train station: Lipka (5 km)
Next international airport : Danzig

Debrzno [ 'dɛbʐnɔ ] ( German : Preußisch Friedland ; Kashubian : Frédląd ) is a small town in the powiat Człuchowski of the Polish Pomeranian Voivodeship . It is the seat of the town-and-country municipality of the same name .

Geographical location

The city is located in the former West Prussia , about 16 kilometers south-south-west of Człuchów , 39 kilometers south-east of Szczecinek and 152 kilometers south-west of Gdansk on the north bank of the Debrzynka river , which comes from the Suckau lake east of the city, here the Friedländer or Stadtsee and afterwards flows through the Lower Lake . The headwaters of the Debrzynka, the Nemonitz or the Nemonicz have their source northeast of the city, near the village of Mossin . Both rivers used to be border rivers. The Kraina Lake District begins in the south , and a nature reserve ( Miłachowo ) on the western city limits .


Preußisch Friedland ( PREUSS. FRIEDLAND ) on the north bank of the
Dobrinka coming from the Suckau lake from the east , which flows through the Friedländer or Stadtsee and then the Lower Lake , on a map from 1914
Prussian Friedland on a picture postcard from 1917
City Church
Street train
Relic of the medieval city fortifications

The area around the village, which in earlier times Frede country was called and later to distinguish it from the East Prussian city of Friedland and from the networks district town of Mirosławiec the name Prussian Friedland received, originally belonged to castellany Ziethen the Pomeranian Dukes of Gdansk . During the settlement by the Pomeranian dukes, a border castle was built there, under whose protection a small settlement was created, from which the city later developed. Since 1309 the surrounding country was part of the domain of the Teutonic Order . The place Fredeland was first mentioned in a document from 1346, with which the administrator of the order of Schlochau assigned four Hufen land to a settler named Tylo. In 1354 Grand Master Winrich von Kniprode granted the town Kulm town charter and allocated 150 Hufen land to it. To protect against the neighboring Kingdom of Poland , a bailiff was installed in the city, who built strong fortifications.

During the Thirteen Years War of the Cities , an eight-day Polish siege broke out in 1461, but it was unsuccessful. After the defeat of the Teutonic Order, Pr. Friedland became part of the autonomous Prussian royal share with the Second Peace of Thorner of 1466 , which had voluntarily submitted to the sovereignty of the Polish king. On the occasion of the establishment of the Union of Lublin in the Lublin Sejm announced King Sigismund II. August on 16 March 1569 the autonomy of West Prussia, however bitter under penalty sanctions unilaterally, which is why the supremacy of the Polish king in this part of the former territory of the German Order of 1569 until 1772 was perceived as foreign rule.

According to a tax list from 1564, twelve farmers lived in the city, which consisted of 115 houses, plus a few shoemakers, blacksmiths, stove fitters, a draper and a butcher. The 17th century brought little good for the city. During the Thirty Years War it was looted by Swedish soldiers in 1627, the plague broke out in 1659 and in 1696 a fire destroyed everything but three houses. Around the middle of the 18th century, Mayor Davidson and a like-minded person, a Meister Biegalke, tried to found a sect in Prussian Friedland, which was forbidden on June 12, 1752 by the Schlochau rulers.

On the occasion of the first Polish partition in 1772, Prussian Friedland came to Prussia and was incorporated into the West Prussian Schlochau district, from which the Schlochau district was later formed. In 1783, Frederick the Great had a new fulling mill built on Suckausee to promote wool weaving . However, since this suffered from a lack of water, it was moved to Grunau, where from then on the Friedlanders and Grunau drapers walked together. In 1778 there were 54 master cloth makers in Preussisch Friedland. The trade in Friedland fabrics extended to Russia . A brisk trade also developed in beer and malt, which mainly went to Pomerania and Danzig .

During the Napoleonic period, Preussisch Friedland suffered a lot, especially in 1806 and 1807, as French soldiers constantly marched through the city, causing oppressive rise in prices. After the wars of freedom were over, city life gradually returned to normal.

Until then the clothmaking trade had dominated in the city, but also due to the fact that Preussisch Friedland was not connected to the railway network, this source of income decreased more and more in the course of the 19th century. On the other hand, Preussisch Friedland was able to achieve a certain supraregional importance with its higher schools and especially with the Protestant school teacher seminar. At the end of the 19th century, many Rhinelanders moved to the city, which doubled the population. At the beginning of the 20th century, Preussisch Friedland had a Protestant church, a Catholic church, a synagogue , a Progymnasium , a Protestant teacher training college and a district court.

After the First World War , the economic situation deteriorated dramatically, as the loss of the province of West Prussia made the city a border region to Poland. It now belonged to the Prussian province of Grenzmark Posen-West Prussia .

At the beginning of the 1930s, the district of the city of Preussisch Friedland had an area of ​​38.9 km², and there were 426 houses in 15 different places of residence in the city:

  1. Babush
  2. Beatenhof
  3. Dire Maul
  4. Elisenhof
  5. Forester's House Babusch
  6. Forest house Rehwinkel
  7. Grünhof
  8. Jakobswalde
  9. Johanneshof
  10. Karlsberg
  11. Marienhöh
  12. Prussian Friedland
  13. Rehwinkel
  14. Riesenthal
  15. Loyalty willows

In 1925, Preussisch Friedland had 3,830 inhabitants, who were spread over 915 households; among them were 2,796 Protestants, 893 Catholics and 118 Jews. Around 1930 there was a district court, a grammar school and a state advanced school in Preussisch Friedland.

In 1938 the province Grenzmark Posen-West Prussia was dissolved again, and Preussisch Friedland and the district of Schlochau came to the province of Pomerania on October 1, 1938 .

Towards the end of the Second World War , troops of the Red Army entered Preussisch Friedland on January 29, 1945 , were repulsed, but returned on February 20, 1945. 70 percent of the city was destroyed in the fighting. After the city was conquered by the Soviet troops, there were serious attacks and arbitrary acts against the civilian population.

In the summer of 1945, Friedland was placed under Polish administration by the Soviet occupying power in accordance with the Potsdam Agreement, along with all of Western Pomerania , all of West Prussia and the southern half of East Prussia and was given the Polish place name Debrzno . Some of the new Polish settlers came from the areas east of the Curzon Line that had fallen to the Soviet Union as part of the “ West displacement of Poland ” . Unless they had fled, the German population was expelled from Friedland in the period that followed .

coat of arms

Blazon : "In silver on green ground, a black boar in front of an open, black hunting net."

The city colors are white - black.

The seal DE VREDELANTES, which still belongs to the 14th century, shows the boar turned to the left in the obliquely latticed seal field. This meaningless decoration became a hunting net as early as the beginning of the 16th century on the SIGILLVM CIVITATIS FREDELAND, and even more clearly on the SIGILLVM MAIVS CIVITATIS FRIDLANDENSIS 1638, which all later seals have retained. One of these from 1668 shows it hung on a string by means of rings.


Population development until 1945
year Residents Remarks
1783 1,138 all Germans, two thirds of them Evangelicals and one third Catholics
1802 1,445
1810 1,341
1816 1,449 including 990 Protestants, 363 Catholics and 96 Jews
1818 1,446 in 237 houses
1821 1,562
1831 1,606
1843 1,930
1871 3,167 including 2,250 Evangelicals and 600 Catholics
1875 3,487
1880 3,597
1890 3,598 including 2,635 Evangelicals, 719 Catholics and 242 Jews
1900 3,758 mostly evangelicals
1925 3,830 including 2,796 Evangelicals, 893 Catholics and 118 Jews
1933 3.817
1939 3,843
Population since 1945
year Residents Remarks
2008 5,377
Bar chart of the population to date

Debrzno municipality

The town-and-country municipality of Debrzno includes other localities in addition to the city that gives it its name.

Community partnerships



The city of Człuchów , located 20 kilometers to the north, can be reached via the provincial road 188 . The nearest rail connection is in the village of Lipka, five kilometers away .


Web links

Commons : Debrzno  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files


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