The Netzekreis was a district in Germany from 1919 to 1945. For most of its existence, it was part of the Prussian Province of Posen-West Prussia. Its administrative seat was the town of Schönlanke. Today the territory of the district is part of the Greater Poland Voivodeship in Poland.
In the 18th century, the area of the future Netzekreis belonged to the Netze District, which became part of the Kingdom of Prussia with the First Partition of Poland in 1772. From 1807 to 1815, the area was ceded by Prussia to the Duchy of Warsaw. In 1815, it was restored to Prussia and became part of the Bromberg Region in the Grand Duchy of Posen, which became the Prussian Province of Posen in 1848. It belonged to Germany since 1871.
After the end of World War I, large parts of the Province of Posen were ceded by Germany to the Second Polish Republic as a consequence of the Treaty of Versailles. Since August 2, 1919, the parts of the districts of Czarnikau, Filehne and Kolmar that remained in the Germany were jointly administered from Schönlanke. On November 20, 1919, the area was subordinated to the new administrative region of Grenzmark West Prussia-Posen with its headquarters in Schneidemühl. The formal merger of the three districts to form the new Netzekreis district took place on December 15, 1919. On January 10, 1920, the Treaty of Versailles came into effect, according to which all areas of the former districts of Czarnikau, Filehne and Kolmar south of the new German-Polish border became part of Poland.
On January 11, 1921, the administrative region of "Grenzmark West Prussia-Posen" was renamed "Grenzmark Posen-West Prussia". On July 1, 1922, the new Province of Posen-West Prussia was formed from the administrative region. The new Schneidemühl region was formed on August 1, 1922, which was congruent to the province. In 1936, the municipality of Lukatz-Kreuz was renamed Kreuz (Ostbahn) and was made a town. On October 1, 1938, the Netzekreis was incorporated into the Province of Pomerania after the Province of Posen-West Prussia was dissolved. For reasons of tradition, the Schneidemühl Region was renamed "Grenzmark Posen-West Prussia" Region.
Due to the establishment of the Polish-German border along the Netze river in 1920, only the parts of the three towns of Czarnikau, Filehne and Usch which lay north of the Netze remained in Germany. These areas continued to exist in the Netzekreis as the municipalities of Deutsch Czarnikau, Deutsch Filehne and Deutsch Usch. In 1937, the prefix “Deutsch” was dropped in these three municipalities.
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- Dr. A. Petermann's Mitteilungen aus Justus Perthes' geographischer Anstalt. Justus Perthes. 1923. pp. 36, 96.
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