Losmann (East Prussia)

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Losmann (plural: Los people ) is the name of a small field tenant in the former East Prussia . Newly reclaimed arable land was allocated to a loser by lot. Since the size of this arable land was not enough to support a family, the Losmann hired himself out as a farm laborer, farmhand, woodcutter or day laborer . The German dictionary of the Brothers Grimm describes a losmann: “In East Prussia the name of a small field tenant”. In 1868, called the year of emergency by the German dictionary , the losers received three bushels of potatoes as a loan from the state .


Individual evidence

  1. Losmann. In: Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm (Hrsg.): German dictionary . tape 12 : L, M - (VI). S. Hirzel, Leipzig 1885, Sp. 1198 ( woerterbuchnetz.de ).