Re: Dragass, West Prussia
Kurt, you may recall that we were in e-mail contact about 4 years ago re the Gautz family.
I'll remind you here again that just like the U.S., Germany, too, has always been made up of states.We're talking here about what was until 1945 Germany's largest state by far, Prussia (in German: Preussen, or if written with the German character "scharfes S", Preußen; pronounced: PROY-s'n), the capital of which was the city of Berlin.(Following German unification in 1871, Berlin became Germany's national capital as well.)Because of its vast size, Prussia was divided into provinces.
You've slightly misspelled the name of the village.The correct spelling is Dragass, with double-s, or if written with the German character "scharfes S", Dragaß.The village is now known by the Polish name Dragacz.
Dragass (Dragaß) was located in the District (in German: Kreis) of Schwetz (today Swiecie) in what was until 1918 the Prussian province of West Prussia, the provincial capital of which was the city of Danzig (today Gdansk) on the Baltic Sea.West Prussia is of course part of Poland today.