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Pommern
Pomerania
Province of Prussia

 
Wappen Pommern.svg
1815 – 1946
 

Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Pomerania
Pomerania (red), within the Kingdom of Prussia, within the German Empire
Capital Stettin
53°26′N 14°32′E / 53.433°N 14.533°E / 53.433; 14.533Coordinates: 53°26′N 14°32′E / 53.433°N 14.533°E / 53.433; 14.533
History
 - Established 1815
 - Disestablished 1946
Area
 - 1905 30,120 km² (11,629 sq mi)
 - since Oct 1938 38,400 km² (14,826 sq mi)
Population
 - 1905 1,684,125 
     Density 55.9 /km²  (144.8 /sq mi)
Political Subdivisions Köslin
Stettin
Posen-West Prussia
Stralsund

The Province of Pomerania (German: Provinz Pommern) was a province of the Kingdom of Prussia and the Free State of Prussia from 1815 until 1946. Since then it has been part of Germany and Poland.

It was created from the Province of Pomerania (1653-1815) (Farther Pomerania and southern Vorpommern) and Swedish Pomerania (northern Vorpommern). It resembled the territory of the former Duchy of Pomerania, which after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 had been split between Brandenburg-Prussia and Sweden. Also, the districts of Schivelbein and Dramburg, formerly belonging to the Neumark, were merged into the new province.[1]

While in the Kingdom of Prussia, the province was heavily influenced by the reforms of Karl August von Hardenberg.[2] and Otto von Bismarck.[3] The industrial revolution had an impact primarily on the Stettin area and the infrastructure, while most of the province retained a rural and agricultural character.[4] Since 1850, the net migration rate was negative; Pomeranians emigrated primarily to Berlin, the West German industrial regions and overseas.[5]

After the First World War, democracy and the women's right to vote were introduced to the province. After the Kaiser's abdication, it was part of the Free State of Prussia within the Weimar Republic.[6] The economic situation worsened due to the consequences of World War I and worldwide recession.[7] As in the previous Kingdom of Prussia, Pomerania was a stronghold of the conservatives who continued in the Weimar Republic.[8]

In 1933, the Nazis established a totalitarian regime, concentrating the province's administration in the hands of their Gauleiter, and implementing Gleichschaltung. Opponents were arrested and executed; Jews who by 1940 had not emigrated were all deported to the Lublin reservation.[9][10]

The German invasion of Poland in 1939 was launched in part from Pomeranian soil. Besides the air raids conducted since 1943, World War II reached the province in early 1945 with the East Pomeranian Offensive and the Battle of Berlin, both launched and won by the Soviet Union's Red Army. Insufficient evacuation left the population subject to murder, war rape, and plunder by the successors.[11]

When the war was over, the Oder-Neisse line cut the province in two unequal parts. The smaller western part became part of the East German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The larger eastern part was attached to post-war Poland as Szczecin Voivodship. After the war, ethnic Germans were expelled from Poland and the area was re-settled with Poles.[12]

Until 1932, the province was subdivided into the government regions (Regierungsbezirk) Köslin (Eastern part, Farther Pomerania), Stettin (Southwestern part, Altvorpommern), and Stralsund (Northwestern part, Neuvorpommern).[13] The Stralsund region was merged into the Stettin region in 1932. In 1938, Grenzmark Posen-Westpreußen (Southeastern part, created from the former Prussian province Grenzmark Posen-Westpreußen) was merged into the province.[13] The provincial capital was Stettin (now Szczecin), the Regierungsbezirk capitals were Köslin (now Koszalin), Stettin, Stralsund and Schneidemühl (now Pila), respectively.[13]

In 1905 the Province of Pomerania had 1,684,326 inhabitants, among them 1,616,550 Protestants, 50,206 Catholics, and 9,660 Jews. There lived 14,162 inhabitants (1900) the native language of whom was Polish (at the border to West Prussia), and 310 (at the Lake Leba and at the Lake Garde) whose native language was Kashubian. The area of the province amounted to 30,120 square kilometers.[14] In 1925, the province had an area of 30,208 square kilometers, with a population of 1,878,780 inhabitants.[15]

Contents

Creation and administration of the province within the Kingdom of Prussia

Although there had been a Prussian Province of Pomerania before, the Province of Pomerania was newly constituted in 1815, based on the "Decree concerning improved establishement of provincial offices" (German: Verordnung wegen verbesserter Einrichtung der Provinzialbehörden), issued by Karl August von Hardenberg in April 30, and the integration of Swedish Pomerania, handed over to Prussia in October 23.[1]

The Hardenberg decree reformed all Prussian territories, which hence formed ten (later eight) provinces with similar administration. After the implementation of the reform, the new Province of Pomerania consisted basically of her predecessor and Swedish Pomerania, but also of the Dramburg and Schivelbein counties.[1]

The province was headed by a "superior president" ("Oberpräsident") with his seat in the capital Stettin. It was subdivided into government regions (Regierungsbezirk) headed by a president ("Regierungspräsident"). Initially, two such regions were planned (Regierungsbezirk Stettin, comprising Western Pomerania, and Regierungsbezirk Köslin, comprising Farther Pomerania). Hardenberg however, who as the Prussian chief diplomat had settled the terms of session of Swedish Pomerania with Sweden at the Congress of Vienna, had assured to leave the local constitution in place when the treaty was signed in June 7, 1815. This circumstance led to a creation of a third government region, Regierungsbezirk Stralsund, for the former Swedish Pomerania at the expense of the Stettin region.[16]

In early 1818, Oberpräsident Johann August Sack had reformed the county ("Kreis") shapes, yet adopted the former shape in most cases. Köslin government region comprised nine counties, Stettin government region thirteen, and Stralsund government region four (identical with the previous Swedish Amt districts).[16]

The new parliament (Landtag) assembled first in October 3, 1824. Based on two laws of June 5[17] and July,[18] 1823, the Landtag was constituted by 25 lords and knights, 16 representatives of the towns, and eight from the rural communities.[19]

Subordinate to the provincial Landtag were two Kommunallandtag assemblies, one for former Swedish Pomerania (Western Pomerania north of the Peene river) and one for the former Prussian part.[20]

The counties each assembled a Kreisstand, where the knights of the county had a vote each and towns also just one vote.[20][21]

Throughout its existence, the province was a stronghold of the conservative parties.[22]

Infrastructure

Binz, tourist resort since the 1860s

In the 19th century, the first overland routes ("Chaussee") and railways were introduced in Pomerania. In 1848, 126,8 Prussian miles of new streets had been build. In October 12, 1840, construction of the Berlin-Stettin railway began, which was finished in August 15, 1843. Other railways followed: Stettin-Köslin (1859), Angermünde-Stralsund and Züssow-Wolgast (1863), Stettin- Stolp (1869), and a connection with Danzig (1870).[4]

In rural areas, many narrow-gauge railways were build for faster transport of crops. The first gas, water, and power plants were built. Streets and canalisation of the towns were modernized.[23]

The construction of narrow-gauge railways was enhanced by a special decree[24] of July 28, 1892, implementing Prussian financial aid programs. In 1900, the total of narrow-gauge railways had passed the 1,000 kilometer threshold.[25]

From 1910 to 1912, most of the province was supplied with electricity as the main lines were build. Plants were build since 1898.[26]

The Swine and lower Oder rivers, the major water route to Stettin, were deepened to 5 meters and shortened by a canal (Kaiserfahrt) in 1862. In Stettin, heavy industry was settled, making it the only industrial center of the province.[27]

Stettin was connected to Berlin by the Berlin-Stettin waterway in 1914 after eight years of construction. The other traditional waterways and ports of the province however declined. Exceptions were only the port of Swinemünde, which was used by the navy, and the port of Stolpmünde, from which parts of the Farther Pomeranian exports were shipped, and the port of Sassnitz, which was built in 1895 for railway ferries to Scandinavia.[28]

With the infrastructural improvements, mass tourism to the Baltic coast started. The tourist resort ("Ostseebad") Binz had 80 visitors in 1870, 10,000 in 1900, and 22,000 in 1910. The same phenomenon occurred in other tourist resorts.[29]

Agricultural reform

Pomeranian Coarsewool Sheep. Pomerania was the leading Prussian province in sheep breeding.[30]

Already in 1807, Prussia issued a decree ("Steinsches Oktoberedikt") abolishing serfdom. Hardenberg issued a decree in September 14, 1811, defining the terms by which serfs were to be released ("Hardenbergsches Regulierungsedikt"). This could either be done by moetary payment or by letting soil to the former lord. These reforms were applied during the early years of the province's existence. The so-called "regulation" was applied to 10,744 peasants until 1838, who paid their former lords 724,954 Taler and handed over 255,952 hectar[31] of farmland to bail themselves out.[2]

Tumults arose in 1847 in the towns of Stettin and Köslin due to food shortages, as a result, prices for some foods were fixed.[32]

In March 2, 1850, a law was passed [33] settling the conditions on which peasants and farmers could capitalize their property rights and feudal service duties, and thus get a long-term credit (41 to 56 years to pay back). This law made way for the establishment of "Rentenbank" credit houses and "Rentengut" farms. Subsequently, the previous rural structure changed dramatically as farmers, who used this credit to bail out their feudal duties, were now able to self determine how to use their land (so-called "regulated" peasants and farmers, "regulierte Bauern"). This was not possible before, when the jurisdiction had sanctioned the use of farmland and feudal services according not to property rights, but to social status within rural communities and estates.[34]

From 1891 to 1910, 4,731 "Rentengut" farms were set up, most (2,690) with a size of 10 to 25 hectar.[30]

Bismarck era administrative reforms

Otto von Bismarck inherited from his father the Farther Pomeranian estates Külz, Jarchelin and Kniephof. Aiming at a farming career, he studied agriculture at the academy in Greifswald-Eldena. From 1867 to 1874, he bought and expanded the Varzin estates.[3]

In 1869, Friedrich Albrecht Graf zu Eulenburg drafted a county reform ("Kreisreform") that was promoted by Bismarck. The reform passed the House of Lords in December 7, 1872. Most important, the reform cut the linkage between noble status and the right to vote, the latter now depended on property (one had to be above a certain tax threshold) and not on status, aiming against the overrepresentation of the knights compared to burghers.[3]

In June 29, 1875, a new constitution for the province was passed ("Provinzialordnung"[35]), which entered into force in 1876. It redefined the responsibilities of the provincial administration (headed by the Oberpräsident) and the self-administrative institutions ("Provinzialverband", comprising the provincial parliament ("Provinziallandtag"), a "Landeshauptmann" (head) and a "Landesausschuß" (commission)). The Provinzialverband was financed directly from the Prussian state budget. The Landtag was responsible for streets, welfare, education, and culture. Landownership was not a criterion to become elected anymore. The provincial Landtag (Provinziallandtag) was elected by the county representative assemblies ("Kreistag" for counties, "Stadtverordnetenversammlung" for town districts) for a six years' term. A subordinate Kommunallandtag only existed for Regierungsbezirk Stralsund, until it was abolished in 1881.[36]

In 1891, a county reform was passed,[37] allowing more communal self-government. Municipalities hence elected a "Gemeindevorstand" (head) and a "Gemeindevertretung" (communal parliament). Gutsbezirk districts, i.e. estates not included in counties, could be merged or dissolved.[38]

World War I

During the First World War, no battles took place in the province.[39]

Nevertheless, the war had an impact on society, economy, and administration. During the war, the provincial administrative institutions were subordinate to the military and headed by military officials. Mobilization resulted in work force shortage affecting all non-war-related industry, construction, and agriculture. Women, minors and POWs partially replaced the drafted men. Import and fishing declined when the ports were blocked. With the war going on, food shortages occurred, especially in the winter of 1916/17. Also coal, gas, and electricity were at times unavailable.[40]

When the Treaty of Versailles entered into force in January 10, 1920, the province's eastern frontier became the border to the newly created Second Polish Republic, comprising most of Pomerelia in the so-called Polish Corridor. Minor border adjustments followed, where 9,5 km2 of the province became Polish and 74 km2 of former West Prussia (parts of the former counties of Neustadt in Westpreußen and Karthaus)[41] were merged into the province.[39]

Province of the Free State of Prussia

After the Kaiser was forced to resign, the province became part of the Free State of Prussia within the Weimar Republic.[39]

November Revolution of 1918

During the November Revolution of 1918, revolutionary counsils of soldiers and workers took over the Pomeranian towns (Stralsund in November 9, Stettin, Greifswald, Pasewalk, Stargard, and Swinemünde in November 10, Barth, Bütow, Neustettin, Köslin, and Stolp in November 11). In January 5, 1919, "Workers' and Soldiers' Counsils" ("Arbeiter- und Soldatenräte") were in charge of most of the province (231 towns and rural municipalities). The revolution was peaceful, no riots are reported. The councils were led by Social Democrats, who cooperated with the provincial administration. Of the 21 Landrat officials, only five were replaced, while of the three heads of the government regions ("Regierungspräsident") two were replaced (in Stralsund and Köslin) in 1919.[42]

In November 12, 1918, a decree[43] was issued allowing farmworkers' unions to negotiate with farmers (Junkers). The decree further regulated work time and wages for farmworkers.[44]

In May 15, 1919, street fights and plunder occurred following Communist assemblies in Stettin. The revolt was put down by the military. In late August, strikes of farmworkers occurred in the counties of Neustettin and Belgard. The power of the counsils however declined, only a few were left in the larger towns in 1920.[44]

Counter-revolution

Conservative and right-wing groups evolved in opposition to the revolutions' achievements.[45] Landowners formed the Pommerscher Landbund in February 1919, which by 1921 had 120,000 members and from the beginning was supplied with arms by the 2nd army corps in Stettin. Paramilitias ("Einwohnerwehr") formed throughout the spring of 1919.[44]

Pommerscher Landbund units participated in the nationalist Kapp Putsch in Berlin, 1920.[44]

Members of the "Iron Division" ("Eiserne Division"), a dissolved Freikorps in the Baltic, reorganized in Pomerania, where the Junkers hosted them on their estates as a private army.[44]

Also, counter-revolutionary Pomeranians formed Freikorps participating in fights in the Ruhr area.[44]

Constitution of 1920

In 1920 (changed in 1921 and 1924), the Free State of Prussia adopted a democratic constitution for her provinces. The constitution granted a number of civil rights to the Prussian population and enhanced the self-government of the provinces.[44]

The provincial and county parliaments (Landtag and Kreistag) were hence elected directly by the population, including women, in free and secret votes.[6]

The "Provinzialverband", which included all self-governmental institutions of the province such as the provincial parliament ("Provinziallandtag"), gained influence on the formerly Berlin-led provincial government: The Provinzialverband would hence elect the "Oberpräsident" (head of the administration) and appoint representatives for the Reichsrat assembly in Berlin. Furthermore, the Provinzialverband officials could hence self determine how to spend the money they received from Berlin.[6]

Economy

The border changes however caused a severe decline in the province's economy. Farther Pomerania was cut off Danzig by the corridor. Former markets and supplies in the now Polish territories became unavailable.[39]

Farther Pomeranian farmers had sold their products primarily to the eastern provinces, that were now part of the Second Polish Republic. Due to high transport costs, the markets in the West were unavailable too. The farmers reacted by modernizing their equipment, improving the quality of their products, and applying new technical methodes. As a consequence, more than half of the farmers were severely indepted in 1927. The government reacted with the Osthilfe program, and granted credits to favourable conditions.[46]

Stettin particularly suffered from a post-war change in trade routes. Before the territorial changes, it had been on the export route from the Kattowitz industrial region in now Polish Upper Silesia. Poland changed this export route to a new inner-Polish railway connecting Kattowitz with the new-build port of Gdingen within the corridor.[39]

As a counter-measure, Prussia invested in the Stettin port since 1923. While initially successful, a new economical recession led to the closure of one of Stettin's major shipyard, Vulcan-Werft, in 1927.[47]

The province also reacted to the availability of new traffic vehicles. Roads were developed due to the upcoming cars and busses, four towns got electric street cars, and an international airport was build in Altdamm near Stettin.[47]

The Pomeranian agriculture underwent a crisis. Programs were started to regain soil that had turned into swamps during the wartime, and even to establish new settlements by setting up settlement societies. The results were mixed. On the one hand, 130,858 hectar of farmland were settled with 8,734 new-build settlements[48] until 1933. The settlers originated in Pomerania itself, Saxony, and Thuringia, also refugees from the former Province of Posen[49] settled in the province. On the other hand, people left the rural communities en masse and turned to Pomeranian and other urban centers (Landflucht). In 1925, 50,7% of the Pomeranians worked in agricultural professions, this percentage dropped to 38,2% in 1933.[50]

With the economic recession, unemployment rates reached 12% in 1933, compared to an overall 19% in the empire.[51]

Nazi era

Pomeranian Nazi movement before 1933

Throughout the existence of the Weimar Republic, politics in the province was dominated by the conservative DNVP (German National People's Party). The Nazi party (NSDAP) did not have any significant success at elections, nor did it have a substantial amount of members. The Pomeranian Nazi party was founded by students of the University of Greifswald in 1922, when the NSDAP was officially forbidden. The university's rector Karl Theodor von Vahlen became Gauleiter (head of the provincial party) in 1924. Soon afterwards, he was fired by the university and went bankrupt. In 1924, the party had 330 members, and in December 1925, 297 members. The party was not present in all of the province. The members were concentrated mainly in Western Pomerania and internally divided. Vahlen retired from the Gauleiter position in 1927 and was replaced by Walther von Corswandt, a Pomeranian knight estate holder.[52]

Corswandt led the party from his estate in Kuntzow. In the 1928 Reichstag elections, the Nazis got 1,5% of the votes in Pomerania. Party property was partially pawned. In 1929, the party gained 4,1% of the votes. Corswandt was fired after conflicts with the party's leadership and replaced with Wilhelm von Karpenstein, one of the former students who formed the Pomeranian Nazi party in 1922 and since 1929 lawywer in Greifswald. He moved the headquarters to Stettin and replaced many of the party officials predominantly with young radicals. In the Reichstag elections of September 14, 1930, the party gained a significant 24,3% of the Pomeranian votes and thus became the second strongest party , the strongest still being the DNVP, which however was internally divided in the early 1930s.[52]

In the elections of July 1932, the Nazis gained 48% of the Pomeranian votes, while the DNVP dropped to 15,8%. In March 1933, the NSDAP gained 56,3%.[52]

Nazi government since 1933

Immediately after their gain of power, the Nazis began arresting their opponents. In March 1933, 200 people[53] were arrested, this number rose to 600[54] during the following months. In Stettin-Bredow, at the site of the bankrupt Vulcan-Werft shipyards, the Nazis set up a short-lived "wild" concentration camp from October 1933 to March 1934, where SA maltreated their victims. The Pomeranian SA in 1933 had grown to 100,000 members.[9]

Oberpräsident von Halfern retired in 1933, and with him one third of the Landrat and Oberbürgermeister (mayor) officials.[53]

Also in 1933, an election was held for a new provincial parliament, which then had a Nazi majority. Decrees were issued that shifted all issues formerly in responsibility of the parliament to the "Provinzialausschuß" commission, and furthermore, shifted the power to decide on these issues from the "Provinzialausschuß" to the "Oberpräsident" official, although he had to hear the "Provinzialrat" commission before. Once the power was shifted to the Oberpräsident with the Provinzialrat as an advisor, all organs of the "Provinzialverband" ("Provinziallandtag" (parliament), "Provinzialausschuß and all other commissions), the former self-administration of the province, were dissolved except for the downgraded Provinzialrat, which assembled about once a year without making use of its advisory rights. The "Landeshauptmann" position, the Provinzialverband's head, was not abolished. From 1933, Landeshauptmann would be a Nazi who was acting in line with the Oberpräsident. The law entered into force in April 1, 1934.[53]

In 1934, many of the heads of the Pomeranian Nazi-movement were exchanged. SA leader von Heydebreck was shot in Stadelheim near Munich due to his friendship to Röhm. Gauleiter von Karpenstein was arrested for two years and banned from Pomerania due to conflicts with the NSDAP headquarters. His substitute, Franz Schwede-Coburg, replaced most of Karpenstein's staff with Corswant's earlier staff, friends of him from Bavaria, and SS. From the 27 Kreisleiter officials, 23 were forced out of office by Schwede-Coburg, who became Gauleiter in July 21, and Oberpräsident in July 28, 1934.[9]

As in all of Nazi Germany, the Nazis established totalitarian control over the province by Gleichschaltung.

Deportation of the Pomeranian Jews

In 1933, about 7,800 Jews lived in Pomerania, of which a third lived in Stettin. The other two thirds were living all over the province, Jewish communities numbering more than 200 people were in Stettin, Kolberg, Lauenburg, and Stolp.[55]

When the Nazis started to terrorize Jews, many emigrated. Twenty weeks after the Nazis seized power, the number of Jewish Pomeranians had already dropped by eight percent.[55]

Besides the repressions Jews had to endure in all Nazi Germany, including the destruction of the Pomeranian synagogues in November 9, 1938 (Reichskristallnacht), all male Stettin Jews were deported to Oranienburg concentration camp after this event and kept there for several weeks.[56]

In February 12 and 13, 1940, 1,000 to 1,300 Pomeranian Jews, regardless of sex, age and health, were deported from Stettin and Schneidemühl to the Lublin-Lipowa Reservation, that had been set up following the Nisko Plan in occupied Poland. Among the deported were intermarried non-Jewish women. The deportation was carried out in an inhumane manner. Despite low temperatures, the carriages were not heated. No food had been allowed to be taken along. The property left behind was liquidated. Up to 300 people perished from the deportation itself. In the Lublin area under Kurt Engel's regime, the people were subjected to inhumane treatment, starvation and outright murder. Only a few survived the war.[57][58]

The truth about the deportations and fate of the Jews of Schneidemühl:

Over the past fifty years, numerous accounts concerning the fate of the Jews of Schneidemühl have appeared in print. However, none of them accord with historic record. They were but distortions of historical facts. Regrettably, these errors have been perpetuated to this day in numerous books, articles and websites that deal with this period of the Holocaust.

The erroneos claim that the Jews of Schneidemühl had been deported together with the more than 1,000 Jews of Stettin (who were subsequently sent to Piaski, near Lublin in Poland) is not supported by evidence found in the extant volume of files of the former Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland. [Cf. file 75 C Re1, No. 483, Bundesarchiv Berlin, and USHMM Archives: RG-14.003M; Acc. 1993.A.059.

It must therefore be stated that — while the deportations of the Jews of Schneidemühl had indeed been planned by the Gestapo to coincide with the terrible events that occurred in Stettin — those actions were NOT carried out together. The deportations of all Jews from the Gau were primarily planned on orders of Franz Schwede-Coburg, the notorious Gauleiter of Pomerania, in cahoots with several Nazi authorities of Schneidemühl. The Gauleiter’s personal goal was to be the first in the Reich to declare his Gau Judenrein — cleansed of Jews. [Cf. Trial of Adolf Eichmann, doc. No. 795]

On 15 February 1940 an order had been issued by the Gestapo in Schneidemühl that the Jews of that town should get ready to be deported within a week, ostensibly to the Generalgouvernement in Eastern Poland. When Dr. Hildegard Böhme of the Reichsvereinigung had become aware of Gauleiter Schwede-Coburg’s plan — and fearing a repetition of the events on the scale of the Stettin deportations — her timely and tireless intervention on behalf of the Reichsvereinigung with the RSHA in Berlin resulted in a modification of the planned deportations of Schneidemühl’s Jews. The Stapo, the State police in Schneidemühl, however, played its own part in the planned round-up of the city’s Jews by giving in to the local Nazi Party cadre and to the orders of the city’s fanatic Mayor Friedrich Rogausch, in concert with the Gauleiter. The latter two are known to have planned a Schneidemühl-Aktion as a revenge for the earlier interference by the Reichsvereinigung in the Stettin deportations.

Thus on Wednesday, 21 February 1940 — merely one week after the Stettin deportations — one hundred and sixty Jews were arrested in Schneidemühl, while mass arrests of Jews took place concurrently within an 80 km radius of Schneidemühl, in the surrounding administrative districts of Köslin, Stettin and the former Grenzmark Posen-Westpreussen, whereby three hundred and eighty-four Jews were seized by the Gestapo. In total 544 Jews were arrested during the entire Aktion in and around Schneidemühl. Those rounded up ranged from two-year-old children to ninety-year-old men. Surviving documents give a grim account of the subsequent Odyssey of those arrested.

By then it had been decreed in Berlin that the victims of the round-up should not be sent to Poland but be kept within the so-called Altreich, i.e. within Germany's borders of 1937. Over the following eighteen months most of the arrested became ensnared in the Nazi's maw — on a journey of terminal despair. Only one young woman from Schneidemühl survived the hell of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the death marches of mid-January 1945.[59]

  • Peter Simonstein Cullman, “History of the Jewish Community of Schneidemühl: 1641 to the Holocaust”, Avotaynu, Inc., 2006 ISBN 1-886223-27-0, pp.170-183 Untergang</ref>

Resistance

Resistance groups formed in the economical centers, especially in Stettin, from where most arrests were reported.[54]

Resistance is also reported from members of the conservative DNVP. The monarchist Herbert von Bismarck-Lasbeck was forced out of office in 1933. The conservative newspaper Pommersche Tagespost was banned in 1935 after printing an article of monarchist Hans Joachim von Rohr (1888-1971). In 1936, four members of the DNVP were tried for founding a monarchist organization.[60]

Other DNVP members, who had addressed their opposition already before 1933, were arrested multiple times after the Nazis had taken over. Ewald Kleist-Schmenzin, Karl Magnus von Knebel-Doberitz, and Karl von Zitzewitz were active resistants.[61]

Within the Pomeranian provincial subsection of the Evangelical Church of the old-Prussian Union, resistance was organized within the Pfarrernotbund (150 members in late 1933) and Confessing Church ("Bekennende Kirche"), the successor organization, headed by Reinold von Thadden-Trieglaff. In March 1935, 55 priests were arrested. The Confessing Church maintained a preachers' seminar headed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Zingst, which moved to Finkenwalde in 1935 and to Köslin and Groß Schlönwitz in 1940. Within the Catholic Church, the most prominent resistance member was Greifswald priest Alfons Wachsmann, who was executed in 1944.[62]

After the failed assassination attempt of Hitler in July 20, 1944, Gestapo arrested thirteen Pomeranian nobles and one burgher, all knight estate owners. Of those, Ewald von Kleist-Schmenzin had contacted Winston Churchill in 1938 to inform about the work of the German opposition to the Nazis, and was executed in April 1945. Karl von Zitzewitz had connections to the Kreisauer Kreis group. Among the other arrested were Malte von Veltheim Fürst zu Putbus, who died in a concentration camp, as well as Alexander von Kameke and Oscar Caminecci-Zettuhn, who both were executed.[63]

World War II and aftermath

First war years

The invasion of Poland by the Nazi Germany on September 1, 1939, which marked the beginning of World War II, was in part mounted from the province's soil. General Guderian's 19th army corps attacked from the Schlochau and Preußisch Friedland areas, which since 1938 belonged to the province ("Grenzmark Posen-Westpreußen").[64] Because the invasion of Poland (and later the Soviet Union) was a success and the battle front moved far more east (Blitzkrieg), the province was not the site of battles in the first years of the war.

Since 1943, the province became a target of allied air raids. The first attack was launched against Stettin in April 21, 1943, and left 400 dead. In August 17/18, the British RAF launched an attack on Peenemünde, where Wernher von Braun and his staff had developed and tested the world's first rockets. In October, Anklam was a target. Throughout 1944 and early 1945, Stettin's industrial and residential areas were targets of air raids. Stralsund was a target in October 1944.[65]

Despite these raids, the province was regarded "safe" compared to other areas of the Third Reich, and thus became a shelter for evacuees primarily from hard hit Berlin and the West German industrial centers.[65]

After the war had turned back on Germany, the Pomeranian Wall was renovated in the summer of 1944, and in the fall all men between sixteen and sixty years of age who had not yet been drafted were enrolled into Volkssturm units.[65]

The province of Pomerania became a battlefield[66] in January 26, 1945, when in the pretext of the Red Army's East Pomeranian Offensive Soviet tanks entered the province near Schneidemühl, which surrendered in February 13.[65]

East Pomeranian Offensive

The Battle of Kolberg left 80% of the town in ruins

In February 14, the remnants of German Army Group Vistula ("Heeresgruppe Weichsel") had managed to set up a frontline roughly at the province's southern frontier, and launched a counterattack (Operation Solstice, "Sonnenwende") in February 15, that however stalled already in February 18. In February 24, the Second Belorussian Front launched the East Pomeranian Offensive and despite heavy resistance primarily in the Rummelsburg area took eastern Farther Pomerania until March 10. In March 1, the First Belorussian Front had launched an offensive from the Stargard and Märkisch Friedland area and succeeded in taking northwestern Farther Pomerania within five days. Cut off corps group Tettau retreated to Dievenow as a moving pocket until March 11. Thus, German-held central Farther Pomerania was cut off, and taken after the Battle of Kolberg (March 4 to March 18).[67]

The fast advances of the Red Army during the East Pomeranian Offensive caught the civilian Farther Pomeranian population by surprise. The land route to the west was blocked since early March. Evacuation orders were issued not at all or much too late. The only way out of Farther Pomerania was via the ports of Stolpmünde, from which 18,300 were evacueted, Rügenwalde, from which 4,300 were evacuated, and Kolberg, which had been declared fortress and from which before the end of the Battle of Kolberg some 70,000 were evacuted. Those left behind became victims of murder, war rape, and plunder. In March 6, the USAF shelled Swinemünde, where thousands of refugees were stranded, killing an estimated 25,000.[68]

Battle of Berlin

In March 20, Wehrmacht abandoned the last bridgehead on the Oder rivers eastern bank, the Altdamm area. The frontline then ran along Dievenow and lower Oder, and was held by the 3rd panzer army commanded by general Hasso von Manteuffel. After another four days of fighting, the Red Army managed to break through and cross the Oder between Stettin and Gartz (Oder), thus starting the northern theater of the Battle of Berlin in March 24. Stettin was abandoned the next day.[68]

Throughout April, the Second Belorussian Front led by general Konstantin Rokossovsky advanced through Western Pomerania. Demmin and Greifswald surrendered in April 30.[68]

In Demmin, nearly 900 people committed mass suicides in fear of the Red Army. Coroner lists show that most drowned in the nearby River Tollense and River Peene, where others poisoned themselves.[69] This was fueled by atrocities - rapes, pillage and executions committed by Red Army soldiers until the city commander had the access to the rivers blocked on May 3.[70]

In the first days of May, Wehrmacht abandoned Usedom and Wollin islands, and in May 5, the last German troops departed from Sassnitz on the island of Rügen. Two days later, Wehrmacht surrendered unconditionally to the Red Army.[68]

Dissolution of the province

Western part of the former province (Vorpommern, red) in modern Germany (grey)
Pomeranian part as of 1937 (orange) of the former eastern territories of Germany (dark green) now in post-war Poland
former Grenzmark Posen-Westpreußen as of 1937 (orange, bulk in Pomerania since 1938) within the former German territories

By the terms of the Potsdam agreement, Western Pomerania east of the Oder-Neisse line became part of Poland. This line left the Oder river north of Gartz (Oder) and included the Stettin and Swinemünde area (Stettiner Zipfel) into the Polish state. The remaining German population was expelled and the area was resettled with Poles. Western Pomerania west of the Oder-Neisse line was merged with Mecklenburg to constitute the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Soviet Occupation Zone of Germany, that in 1949 became the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Vorpommern was soon dropped from the federal state's name, and after the GDR states were abolished, the coastal Western Pomeranian Landkreis districts became part of Bezirk Rostock whereas the mainland Landkreis districts became part of Bezirk Neubrandenburg.

In 1990, after the GDR communist system was overthrown, the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was recreated, with Vorpommern being a non-administrative region. The old Landkreis districts were fused into five larger districts: Rügen, Nordvorpommern, Ostvorpommern, Uecker-Randow and Demmin, with the latter also containing Mecklenburgian Landkreis districts. Due to this and slight Landkreis border changes during the GDR period, the old Pomeranian border disappeared from the map and today is only prevailed by the border of the Pomeranian Evangelical Church. Polish part of Pomerania was divided provinces of Zachodniopomorskie and Pomorskie since 1999.

Administrative subdivisions

Köslin government region (Farther Pomerania)

The Köslin government region (Regierungsbezirk Köslin) was the administrative name for the region of Farther Pomerania (Hinterpommern) along with the smaller region of Lauenburg and Bütow Land (easternmost part).[13]

These parts of Pomerania were integrated into the Brandenburg-Prussian Province of Pomerania (1653-1815) already after the Thirty Years' War. During the war, the noble House of Pomerania (Griffins), ruling the Duchy of Pomerania since the 1120s, went extinct in the male line with the death of Bogislaw XIV in 1637. Throughout the existence of the Griffin duchy, Brandenburg had claimed overlordship and was asserted of Pomerania inheritance in numerous treaties. Yet, Sweden had been one of the most important players in the war and as such, she was awarded some of her territorial gains in Pomerania after the war by the Peace of Westphalia, thwartening Brandenburg-Prussia's ambitions for inheritance of the whole former Duchy of Pomerania. This led to tensions between Brandenburg-Prussia and Sweden in Pomerania until Sweden lost her Western Pomeranian possessions in 1720 (Stettin government region) and 1815 (Stralsund government region).

Landkreis Lauenburg-Bütow comprised the Lauenburg and Bütow Land, a Pomerelian borderland with a somewhat different history than the rest of Pomerania. It was in 1846 dissolved into smaller administrative units. In contrast to ethnic German Pomerania, this area also had a Kashubian population.

Province of Pomerania in 1905

Landkreis Fürstenthum comprised the earlier secular possessions of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kammin bishops, and was ruled by the Pomeranian dukes since the aftermath of the Reformation. Until 1872, the area kept its territorial integrity, before it was dissolved into smaller administrative units.

Subdivisions

  • urban districts (Stadtkreis):
    • Stolp:[13] population 27.293 (1900); 50.377 (1939)
    • Köslin:[13] split off Landkreis Köslin in 1923, population 33.479 (1939)
    • Kolberg:[13] split off Landkreis Kolberg-Körlin in1920, population 36.617 (1939)
  • rural districts (Landkreis):
    • Landkreis Belgard (Persante):[13] population 47.097 (1900); 79.183 (1939)
    • Landkreis Dramburg:[13] population 35.863 (1900);
    • Landkreis Fürstenthum[13] (1816-1872), 1872 divided into
      • Landkreis Bublitz:[13] population 20.916 (1900); in 1932 merged into Landkreis Köslin
      • Landkreis Kolberg-Körlin:[13] population 57.871 (1900); 38.785 (1939)
      • Landkreis Köslin:[13] population population 48.678 (1900); 80.287 (1939)
    • Landkreis Greifenberg i. Pom.:[13] until 1939 administered by Regierungsbezirk Stettin, population 47.891 (1939)
    • Landkreis Lauenburg-Bütow[13] (the Lauenburg and Bütow Land), 1846 divided into:
      • Landkreis Bütow:[13] population 26.021 (1900); 28.018 (1939)
      • Landkreis Lauenburg i. Pom.:[13] population 45.986 (1900); 63.985 (1939)
    • Landkreis Neustettin:[13] population 76.101 (1900); since 1938 administered by Regierungsbezirk Grenzmark Posen-Westpreußen
    • Regenwalde:[13] 49.668 (1939), until 1938 administered by Regierungsbezirk Stettin
    • Landkreis Rummelsburg i. Pom.:[13] population 33.785 (1900); 40.692 (1939)
    • Landkreis Schivelbein:[13] population 19.656 (1900); in 1932 merged into Landkreis Belgard (Persante)
    • Landkreis Schlawe i. Pom.:[13] population 73.206 (1900); 78.363 (1939)
    • Landkreis Stolp:[13] population 75.310 (1900); 83.009 (1939)

Stettin government region (Western Pomerania)

The Stettin government region (Regierungsbezirk Stettin) since 1932 comprised the region of Western Pomerania (Vorpommern, Hither Pomerania), the former Swedish Pomerania.[13] From 1815, the Stettin government region comprised only the southern parts of Vorpommern ("Altvorpommern", i.e. south of the Peene river).[13] This part had been Swedish only until 1720, thereafter it was merged into the Prussian Province of Pomerania (1653-1815). "Neuvorpommern" (north of the river) was administered as Regierungsbezirk Stralsund until it was merged into Regierungsbezirk Stettin in 1932.

Stettin, the former ducal residence, was made capital of the province and also was the administrative center of the Regierungsbezirk Stettin.[13]

Subdivisions

  • urban districts (Stadtkreis):
    • Greifswald:[13] until 1932 administered by Regierungsbezirk Stralsund, population 37.051 (1939)
    • Stargard (Pommern):[13] split off Landkreis Saatzig in 1901, population 39.760 (1939)
    • Stettin:[13] population 210.702 (1900); 382.984 (1939)
    • Stralsund:[13] until 1932 administered by Regierungsbezirk Stralsund, population 52.931 (1939)
  • rural districts (Landkreis):
    • Landkreis Anklam:[13] population 32.693 (1900); 39.527 (1939)
    • Landkreis Cammin i. Pom.:[13] population 42.485 (1900); 45.694 (1939)
    • Landkreis Demmin:[13] population 48.090 (1900); 54.769 (1939)
    • Landkreis Franzburg-Barth (Capital: Barth):[13] until 1932 administered by Regierungsbezirk Stralsund, population 55.542 (1939)
    • Landkreis Greifenberg i. Pom.:[13] population 37.483 (1900); after 1939 administered by Regierungsbezirk Köslin
    • Landkreis Greifenhagen:[13] population 48.258 (1900); 69.326 (1939)
    • Landkreis Greifswald:[13] until 1932 administered by Regierungsbezirk Stralsund, population 39.207 (1939)
    • Landkreis Grimmen:[13] until 1932 administered by Regierungsbezirk Stralsund, population 42.259 (1939)
    • Landkreis Naugard:[13] population 52.777 (1900); 61.320 (1939)
    • Landkreis Pyritz:[13] population 42.686 (1900); 48.418 (1939)
    • Landkreis Randow:[13] population 94.859 (1900); partitioned in 1939 by Stadtkreis Stettin, Landkreis Greifenhagen, Landkreis Ueckermünde, and Landkreis Naugard
    • Landkreis Rügen (Capital: Bergen auf Rügen): until 1932 administered by Regierungsbezirk Stralsund, population 62.261 (1939)
    • Landkreis Regenwalde:[13] population 44.954 (1900);
    • Landkreis Saatzig (Capital: Stargard (Pommern)):[13] population 69.762 (1900); 43.258 (1939)
    • Landkreis Ueckermünde:[13] population 56.767 (1900); 79.996 (1939)
    • Landkreis Usedom-Wollin (Capital: Swinemünde):[13] population 52.193 (1900); 83. 479 (1939)

Stralsund government region (Northwest)

The Stralsund government region (Regierungsbezirk Stralsund) comprised the Western Pomeranian region of Neuvorpommern.

The reason for creating a Regierungsbezirk as small as Stralsund was that Neuvorpommern had a somewhat different history than the rest of Pomerania. This region, consisting of the island of Rügen and the adjacted mainland between the Recknitz and Peene rivers, made up the Rani and Danish Principality of Rugia in the Middle ages. Although it was inherited by the Pomeranian dukes in 1325, the region was for some time goverened as the splinter duchy of Pomerania-Barth. While a part of Swedish Pomerania, Denmark maintained her old claims and occupied the area in 1715 during the Great Northern War. Yet, the Danes were forced to return it to Sweden by the 1720 Treaty of Stockholm (Great Northern War). In the 1813 Treaty of Kiel, Denmark again gained nominal overlordship, yet was unable to pay her war reparations to Sweden and awarded her claim to Prussia in the 1815 Congress of Vienna along with her debts in exchange for the Duchy of Lauenburg.

The name Neuvorpommern (New Western Pomerania) originates in that era, to distinguish the Western Pomeranian areas south of the Peene River gained by Prussia in 1720 (Altvorpommern, Old Western Pomerania) from the northern regions gained in 1815 and to replace the outdated term Principality of Rugia.

When merged into the province in 1815, Neuvorpommern was guaranteed her constitution to be left in place. The administration was led by the former Swedish general governour, prince Malte von Putbus, until "Regierungsbezirk Stralsund" was officially created in 1818. Prussian law (Allgemeines Preußisches Landrecht and Preußisches Stadtrecht) was not enforced, and the Swedish jurisdiction with the court in Greifswald was left in place.[71]

Regierungsbezirk Stralsund was fused into Regierungsbezirk Stettin in 1932.

Subdivisions

  • urban districts (Stadtkreis):
    • Stralsund:[13] split off Landkreis Franzburg-Barth in 1874, population 31.076 (1900)
    • Greifswald:[13] split off Landkreis Greifswald in 1913
  • rural districts (Landkreis):

Posen-West Prussia government region

The Posen-West Prussia government region (Regierungsbezirk Grenzmark Posen-Westpreußen) was created of the northern part (Schneidemühl government region) of the former Prussian province Posen-West-Prussia.

Following World War I, most of the Prussian provinces Posen and West Prussia became part of the Second Polish Republic. The remainders of these provinces formed the province of Posen-West Prussia, combining small German-settled regions all along the new German-Polish border (Grenzmark meaning border march). In 1938, this province was dissolved and partitioned between Pomerania, Brandenburg and Silesia. The Pomeranian share was extended by Landkreis Neustettin and Landkreis Dramburg, formally administered by Regierungsbezirk Stettin.[13]

During World War II, it became a battlefield and was occupied by the Red Army in early 1945. By the terms of the Potsdam agreement, the Grenzmark became part of Poland. The German population was expelled and the area was resettled with Poles.

Subdivisions

  • rural districts (Landkreis):

Population

In 1818, the province with an estimated area of 540 (Prussian) square miles had a population of 630,000. The Prussian state official ("Staatsminister") von Beyme stated in his report, that the province was in a "low state of population and culture".[71]

Until 1841, immigration to the province was higher than emigration. This trend reversed since 1850. However, the population grew further due to high birth rates.[72]

In 1858, the province had a population of 1,125,000 people, 28% of whom lived in towns.[73]

In 1871, 1,431,492 people lived in the province, 68,7% of those lived in communities with less than 2,000 inhabitants.[74]

In 1875, 1,445,852 people lived in the province, then with an area of 30,131 km2. Of those, 685,147 lived in Regierungsbezirk Stettin, and 554,201 in Regierungsbezirk Köslin.[75]

In 1890, 1,520,889 people lived in the province, 62,3% of those lived in communities with less than 2,000 inhabitants, and 7,6% in Stettin.[74]

Between 1871 and 1914, the prime characteristic of the province's demography was migration from the rural areas, first to urban centers ("Landflucht"), then to destinations in other German provinces and oversees (Ostflucht). Despite the emigration during this time span, the population increased by 300,000 people.[76]

Between 1871 and 1880, 61,700 people emigrated to America.[76]

Between 1881 and 1890, 132,100 people emigrated to America; 95,000 of these emigrated between 1881 and 1885.[76]

Between 1891 and 1900, 56,700 people emigrated to America.[76]

Between 1871 and 1895, 242,505 people emigrated from the province, primarily from 1880 to 1885 (95,000 emigrants).[77]

Between 1880 and 1910, 426,000 more people emigrated than immigrated. Emigrants came primarily from rural areas, which they left for economic reasons; prime destinations were Ruhr area and Berlin (Ostflucht).[78]

Most people emigrated from Regierungsbezirk Köslin, where the population numbers of 1880 were only reached again in 1899.[76]

The Province of Pomerania was one of the three provinces (the other two were West Prussia and Province of Posen) responsible for most of the German emigrants who went oversees. Imperial Commissioners for emigration ("Reichskommissar für Auswanderung") organized emigration from Hamburg, Bremen, Stettin, and Swinemünde. Emigration to oversees ended in 1893, when in America the free availability of soil claims ended.[79]

In 1905, of 1,684,326 inhabitants 1,616,550 were Protestants, 50,206 Roman Catholics and 9660 Jews, (1900) 14,162 Polish speakers (at the West Prussian border) and 310 Kashubian speakers (at the Lakes Lebasee and Gardescher See).[80]

In 1907, 440,000 people born in the province lived in other areas of Germany.[76]

In 1910, 1,716,921 people lived in the province, 55,3% of those lived in communities with less than 2,000 inhabitants, and 13,7% in Stettin.[74] Of those, the majority was Protestant (1,637,299; i.e. 95,36%), 56,298 were Roman Catholics (3,27%), less than one percent were Old Lutherans (primarily in the Cammin and Greifenberg counties), and 8862 were Jews (0,52%)[81]

Polish seasonal workers were employed in Pomeranian agriculture since the 1890s, initially to replace the emigrants.[79] In 1910, 7921 Poles lived steadily in the province. In 1912, 12,000 seasonal workers were employed in agriculture, in 1914 their number increased to 42,000.[82]

In October 8, 1919, the province had 1,787,179 inhabitants. This population had increased by 160,000 in 1925.[83]

In October 1, 1938, the bulk of the former Province of Posen-West Prussia was merged into the Province of Pomerania, adding an area of 5,787 km2 with a population of 251,000.[64]

In October 15, Stettin's city limits were expanded to an area of 460 km2, housing 383,000 people.[64]

During the Soviet conquest of Farther Pomerania and the subsequent expulsions of Germans until 1950, 498,000 people from the part of the province east of the Oder-Neisse line died, making up for 26,4% of the former population. Of the 498,000 dead, 375,000 were civilians, and 123,000 were Wehrmacht soldiers. Low estimates give a million expellees from the then Polish part of the province in 1945 and the following years. Only 7,100 km2 remained with Germany, about a fourth of the province's size before 1938 and a fifth of the size thereafter.[12]

See also

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  33. ^ (titled "Ablösung der Reallasten und die Regulierung der gutsherrlichen und bäuerlichen Verhältnisse")
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  35. ^ full name: "Provinzialordnung für die Provinzen Preußen, Brandenburg, Pommern, Schlesien und Sachsen"
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    • Lucie Adelsberger, Arthur Joseph Slavin, Susan H. Ray, Deborah E. Lipstadt, Auschwitz: A Doctor's Story, Northeastern University Press, 1995, ISBN 1555532330, p.138: February 12/13, 1940
    • Isaiah Trunk, Jacob Robinson, Judenrat: The Jewish Councils in Eastern Europe Under Nazi Occupation, U of Nebraska Press, 1996, ISBN 080329428X, p.133: February 14, 1940; unheated wagons, elderly and sick suffered most, inhumane treatment
    • Leni Yahil, Ina Friedman, Haya Galai, The Holocaust: The Fate of European Jewry, 1932-1945, Oxford University Press US, 1991, ISBN 0195045238, p.138: February 12/13, 1940, 1,300 Jews of all sexes and ages, extreme cruelty, no food allowed to be taken along, cold, some died during deportation, cold and snow during resettlement, 230 dead by March 12, Lublin reservation chosen in winter, 30,000 Germans resettled before to make room [1]
    • Martin Gilbert, Eilert Herms, Alexandra Riebe, Geistliche als Retter - auch eine Lehre aus dem Holocaust: Auch eine Lehre aus dem Holocaust, Mohr Siebeck, 2003, ISBN 3161482298, pp.14 (English) and 15 (German): February 15, 1940, 1000 Jews deported
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  58. ^ Yad Vashem Studies, Yad ṿa-shem, rashut ha-zikaron la-Shoʼah ṿela-gevurah, Yad Vashem Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, 1996 Notizen: v.12, p.69: 1,200 deported, 250 died during deportation
    • Nathan Stoltzfus, Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany, Rutgers University Press, 2001, ISBN 0813529093, p.130: February 11/12 from Stettin, soon thereafter from Schneidemühl, total of 1,260 Jews deported, among the deportees were intermarried non-Jewish women who had refused to divorce, - eager Nazi Gauleiter Schwede-Coburg was the first to have his Gau "judenfrei", Eichmann's "RSHA" (Reich Security Main Office) assured worried Eppstein of the Central Organization of Jews in Germany ("Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland") that this was an isolated local incident.
    • John Mendelsohn, Legalizing the Holocaust, the Later Phase, 1939-1943, Garland Pub., 1982, ISBN 0824048768, p.131: Stettin Jews' houses were sealed, belongings liquidated, funds to be held in blocked accounts
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