Losmann (East Prussia)
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 .
- Losmann . In: Former Academy of Sciences of the GDR, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences (Hrsg.): German legal dictionary . tape 8 , issue 9/10 (edited by Heino Speer and others). Hermann Böhlaus successor, Weimar 1991, ISBN 3-7400-0137-2 ( adw.uni-heidelberg.de ).