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The Prussian area known as Silesia consisted of two regions, Upper Silesia (Oberschlesien) and Lower Silesia (Niederschlesien). It was bordered on the west by Saxony, on the north by Brandenburg, on the east by Poland, and on the south by Czechoslovakia. The Sudenten Mountain range ran along its southern border. Two major rivers, the Oder and the Neisse ran through it. Two major cities were Breslau and Görlitz.

As a result of various wars, Silesia is now divided between three different countries. The largest portion of Silesia is in modern-day Poland. A small portion of southern Silesia was ceded to Czechoslovakia in 1918 and is now in the Czech Republic. In 1945 as a result of the Potsdam Conference, the line between Poland and East Germany was drawn along the Neisse river dividing Görlitz between East Germany and Poland. The portion of Görlitz that remained in Germany retained its name. The portion that went to Poland is now called Zgorzelec. The Polish name for Breslau is Wrocław.

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    Volume 1
    Page 238
    Type StKr.
    Extra Desc a/ d Oder*; Hptst. of the Prov. Schles. and the RB Breslau
    Lvl I Pr.
    Prov Schles.
    RB Breslau [self]
    LrA for LKr Breslau
    AG Breslau 1) [self]
    LG Breslau 1) [self]
    OLG Breslau 1) [self]
    BKdo Breslau 1) (I and II)
    StdA Breslau 1) [self]
    kath. K. 24
    ev. K. 18
    Syn 10
    Other 1
    Plan Breslau
    Comment Breslau 1) has 4 StdÄ Gazetteer lists Breslau 1). There doesn't seem to be a Breslau 2)
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    Type StKr. - Breslau is a Stadtkreis (City with own state government offices).

    Lvl I Pr. - Level I shows which Kingdom or State the place is located in. Breslau is located in Preussen.

    Prov Schles. - The Province shows which Province or State the place is located in. Breslau is located in Schlesien.

    RB Breslau [self] - The Regierungsbezirk for Breslau is Breslau [self]. The Regierungsbezirk is a government district that is in hierarchy between the State and Kreis level.

    AG Breslau 1) [self] - The Amtsgericht for Breslau is in itself.... Read MORE...

  • 1738 - December 9 - Jews are expelled from Breslau Silesia

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    Breslau, a city of Prussia, capital of the province of Silesia, on the Oder, at the junction of numerous railways, 190 miles SE. of Berlin. Lat. of the observatory, 51° 6' 56" N. ; Lon. 17° 2' 13" E. It consists of the inner city, divided by the Oder into the former old town and new town, and of 5 encircling suburbs. A branch of the Oder, the so-called Old Oder, extends in a broad curve around the northern half of the city. The Oder forms several islands and is crossed by numerous substantial bridges. The old ramparts of Breslau have long ago been converted into beautiful promenades. Hardly another city in Europe contains so many public squares and open places as Breslau. The principal square, near the centre of the city, is known as the Ring. On it are the old town-hall (Rathaus) and the new municipal building called the Stadthaus. Many of the public squares are embellished with fine works of sculpture. Among the many interesting ecclesiastical structures are the Catholic cathedral,... Read MORE...


  • 2023 - Wroclaw, Poland (once Breslau, Prussia) - Here's a list of things to do and places to visit:
    Breslau, also known as Wrocław today, is a historic city located in Silesia. It was once part of Prussia and is now part of Poland.

    Wroclaw Market Square (Rynek): Start your visit at the heart of the city, the Market Square. This stunning medieval square is one of the largest in Europe and is surrounded by colorful buildings, cafes, and restaurants. Don't forget to check out the Gothic Old Town Hall.

    Wroclaw Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Baptist): Located on Ostrow Tumski, this Gothic cathedral is a must-visit. Climb the tower for panoramic views of the city.

    Ostrow Tumski: Known as the Cathedral Island, this historic district is filled with churches, cobblestone streets, and a peaceful atmosphere. It's a lovely place for a leisurely stroll.

    Wroclaw University: Take a walk around the stunning Wroclaw University building. The Aula Leopoldina is particularly impressive, and you can often catch classical music performances there.

    Panorama of Raclawice: Experience... Read MORE...

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female ancestorEmilie OPPENHEIM GEIGER (7 December 1808, - 6 December 1860, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia, Germany (Schlesien, Preußen))
male ancestorCharles-François CROULET (24 July 1823, Baume-les-Dames, France - 15 October 1865, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia, Germany (Schlesien, Preußen))
photo of Louis PRANGLouis PRANG (12 March 1824, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia, Germany (Schlesien, Preußen) - 15 June 1909, Los Angeles, California, USA)
male ancestorHermann HEIN (1826, - 30 November 1871, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia, Germany (Schlesien, Preußen))
male ancestorCarl Julius Rudolph SANGER (1831, - 23 February 1872, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia, Germany (Schlesien, Preußen))
male ancestorErnst Julius Richard JONAS (1832, - 2 April 1872, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia, Germany (Schlesien, Preußen))
male ancestorAnton DANIEL (1834, - 9 April 1872, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia, Germany (Schlesien, Preußen))
male ancestorBruno Paul SPEER (1836, - 27 May 1872, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia, Germany (Schlesien, Preußen))
male ancestorGaudenz Arnold STEINER (1837, - 6 April 1872, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia, Germany (Schlesien, Preußen))

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male ancestorCharles-François CROULET (24 July 1823 - 15 October 1865) and female ancestorHenriette Rosalia MACHNER ( - ) married 10 January 1854
male ancestorArthur Desire Johann Baptista CROULET (2 March 1855 - 17 July 1914) and female ancestorOlga Paulina Johanna GOLLECK (25 March 1858 - 25 March 1926) married 5 February 1878
photo of Karl Gustav Moritz BRAUN Karl Gustav Moritz BRAUN (25 September 1858 - 1931) and female ancestorElfriede Rosalie HOPPE (7 October 1886 - 1960) married 1 May 1923
photo of Ulrich Erich BRAUN Ulrich Erich BRAUN (4 August 1902 - 1 July 1971) and photo of Frieda Theresia HAASE Frieda Theresia HAASE (13 November 1905 - 20 February 1996) married 2 May 1931
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