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German Cemetery
Lubuskie  Poland

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Use of the German Cemetery ceased in 1945 when the territory transferred from Germany to Poland. Previously the area was known as Kurzig, Meseritz, Posen, Prussia/Germany. Today it is known as Kursko, Międzyrzecz, Lubuskie, Poland.

Serfdom became dominant in the region at the end of the fifteenth century. The first limits on a peasant's right to leave the village were imposed in 1496. In 1525 Protestantism and subjugation were formalized for the Prussian peasantry tying them to the land in feudal serfdom. Feudalism continued until the Prussian Reform Edict (9 Oct 1807), which was implemented for the peasants of the region by protocol on 8 Nov 1824. Y-DNA testing establishes that at least some of the "German" residents were in fact autochonous Poles, who had become submerged by the dominate German culture.

NOTE: The primary source for these records are from the Church Book Duplicates 1794-1874. Occasionally an individual is recorded for the same event in both the Pieske and Kurzig primary records. In the event of such conflict the event is generally recorded as having occurred in Pieske.
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