Allenstein


ALLENSTEIN

Signing of the Treaty of Versailles, 1919

Signing of the Treaty of Versailles, 1919 (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

Town in the Bishopric of Ermeland, which became part of Poland in 1466 and of Prussia in 1772.   In 1920 it was the principal town in the plebiscite area in southern East Prussia, set up by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919:  the population overwhelmingly voted to remain in Germany.   In 1945 Allenstein became the Polish town of Olsztyn, and is the capital of a province of that name.

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