The Lowlands – the Vistula River Delta (The Werder)

I remember saying once that there is nothing to see in the Lowlands. That they are low, dull, flat and uninteresting…

And then by accident I first found an ancestor among the Lowlanders, and then I became a guide. 😀

Now I can say, I found the key to the Homeland for Strangers (this is how Peter Klassen calls this piece of the World).

Words can not describe the beauty of this huge piece of land which comprises about 2,5 thousand hectares (c.a. 6 177,63 acres).

And it all started around 1540-ties when two huge floods destroyed the area near rich Gdansk (Danzig). The city council decided to invite the experts to help with the flooded land. And who could have done it better than the people from the Low Countries? So, the council of Danzig sent their representatives to meet probably Menno Simmons and to urge him to send some of his followers to the far country on the Baltic, to settle down in the Delta of the Vistula River.

And this is how the history of the Mennonite settlement on the Vistula started.

I found in the Internet a very interesting book by Peter J. Klassen: Mennonites in early modern Poland & Prussia. Definitely worth reading!!!!

I am among the great admirers of the Mennonites’ work and echoes of the grandeur in the Delta…

Not to speak of the magnificent landscapes – here are only few pictures of this amazing piece ofPoland!

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  1. I really enjoyed your comments about these place in the Vistula Delta. I have also been fascinated by the history of this region, the style of architecture, the kinds of farming found here, the story of the inhabitants and the changing fortunes as different governments came and went. Write more!

    Peter Klassen
    peterk@mail.fresnostate.edu

    • Thank you!!!
      To hear something like that from you is a real compliment.
      I still hope to see you again here in Gdansk 🙂

      ps. I am writing a book now 🙂
      and I am preparing to write an email to you – to ask your persmit to translate your “Mennonites in early modern Poland & Prussia.”… It would be a great honor for me…


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