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POLSKA POLAND
województwo: Pomorskie voivodship: Pomerania
powiat: Słupsk county: Słupsk

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Warcino

de: Varzin
ru: Варцин

2775 Warcino Warcino (German: Varzin) is situated at an elevation of 78 m in the administrative district of Gmina Kępice, within Słupsk County, Pomeranian Voivodeship, in northern Poland. It lies in the historic Pomerania region on the left banks of the Wieprza river, approximately 3 km south-west of Kępice, 30 km south-west of Słupsk, and 117 km west of the regional capital Gdańsk. The village has a population of about 450.

The settlement, then part of the Duchy of Pomerania under Duke Bogusław X, was first mentioned in a 1485 deed. Held by the Lords of Zitzewitz, it was incorporated into the Pomerania province of Brandenburg-Prussia in 1653. In 1867 it was bought from the Blumenthal family by Otto von Bismarck using the money (400,000 Taler) that he had received by the Prussian state for his services as Prime President in the Austro-Prussian War. Bismarck, born in the Altmark, had ties to Pomerania since he spent several years of his childhood at his family's estates in Kniephof (today Konarzewo) near Naugard (Nowogard) and had married Johanna von Puttkamer at nearby Kolziglow (Kołczygłowy) in 1847. Johanna died here in 1894. Varzin manor remained a possession of the Bismarcks until their expulsion in 1945.

The top picture on glass no. 2775 shows a view of Varzin manor, "at the time of prince Bismarck" ("zur Zeit des Fürsten Bismarck"); the bottom left picture shows a view of the manor house as seen from the park (it is almost the same view as depicted in the top picture, but here we see an additional steep roof or steeple in the background). The bottom right picture shows the Bismarck monument in the park of Varzin manor.

Walter Flex, author of the Wild Geese poem ("Wildgänse rauschen durch die Nacht", 'Wild geese rush through the night'), stayed at Varzin as a coacher of the Bismarck family in 1910/11. Theodor Fontane visited here and Varzin is mentioned in his novel Effi Briest, published in 1894/1896.

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warcino, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warcino, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Geese_(song), http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effi_Briest]


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