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Bambrzy (Poznańskie Bambry, German: Posener Bamberger) are the Poles of German origin, descendants of settlers, from area of the city of Bamberg, who settled in villages surrounding Poznań.
They repopulated between 1719 and 1753 villages destroyed during the Great Northern War.
The Polonisation of this group was a voluntary act and happened very quickly - the settlers refused to build their own churches, they prayed with Poles, and their children learned the Polish language. There were also many mixed marriages with Poles living there. At the end of the 19th century, during the Kulturkampf period, all Catholics in villages inhabitated by Bambrzy chose Polish nationality during Prussian and German censuses. In the late 19th century, the meaning of the word "Bamber" (singular form) became wider - it started to denote all people living in those villages, regardless of their ethnic or cultural background.

From 1989 starts a renaissance of the Bamber culture. The best-known aspect of this culture are the rich female dresses
Here the monument of woman in tipical Bamber dress.

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Additional Photos by Krystyna Zofia (krysia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 360 W: 27 N: 258] (4222)
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