Lassehne Kr. Köslin, Pomerania
(Lasin, Poland)

Lassehne is located on the Baltic coast about 10 miles northeast of Kolberg. Pagel Maass, my 4th-great grandfather, lived in this village when his son, Christian, my 3rd-great grandfather, was born there in 1781. In 1871, 90 years later, the village had 161 inhabitants.

The church in Lassehne dates back to the second half of the 1200's or early 1300's. In 1537, the church accepted the teachings of Martin Luther. It isn't known when the church pictured below was completed as new additions and restorations were made throughout the years. The altar was constructed around 1600. The model ships hanging from the ceiling were donated as oblations to the church by sailors and fishermen. The church was so extensively damaged during World War II that it was completely razed in 1951. The von Wedel estate or Rittergut was also destroyed during the war.

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Lassehne Church in about 1925
Church nave
Church altar and baptismal font

Lassehne church photos are reproduced here with the kind permission of Dirk Petrat.

von Wedel estate (undated) Reprinted courtesy of Dr. Vita von Wedel
Rittergut in Lassehne (undated) This photo of the noble estate (Rittergut) was kindly provided by Daniel und Claudia Pomrehn

Lassehne today

Lasin, Poland (photos taken in April 2007)


Memorial cross (Gene Maas on the left)
Ruins of the Lassehne church
Ruins with Duane Maas on the right
Gravestone found near the ruins of the church

The engraving on this simple field stone is nearly impossible to read.

However, the name, Alwin Frenz, is visible on a historical photo of the stone, which can be see on Dirk Petrat's site.

© - Gene Maas
rev. 26 Feb 2010