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Hermsdorf (Silesia)

Location of Jerzmanowa

Coordinates: 51°36′0″N 16°03′0″E / 51.60000°N 16.05000°E / 51.60000; 16.05000Coordinates: 51°36′0″N 16°03′0″E / 51.60000°N 16.05000°E / 51.60000; 16.05000

Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
Powiat Głogów
Gmina Jerzmanowa
Population 600

Jerzmanowa [jɛʐmaˈnɔva] (German: Hermsdorf) is a village in Głogów County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. It is the seat of the administrative district (gmina) called Gmina Jerzmanowa. Before 1945, it was part of Germany (the Prussian Province of Silesia).

The village has an approximate population of 600. It lies approximately 7 km (4 mi) south of Głogów, and 87 km (54 mi) north-west of the regional capital Wrocław.

The municipality consists of 12 villages. (German names up until 1945)

  • Bądzów (Bansau)
  • Gaiki (Hainbach-Töppendorf)
  • Jaczów (Jätschau, 1937–1945: Friedenshagen)
  • Jerzmanowa (Hermsdorf)
  • Kurów Mały (Klein Kauer)
  • Kurowice (Gusteutschel, 1937–1945: Hahnenfeld)
  • Łagoszów Mały (Klein Logisch)
  • Maniów (Mahnau)
  • Modła (Modlau)
  • Potoczek (Töppendorf (Forst))
  • Smardzów (Schmarsau, 1936–1945: Vogtshagen)
  • Zofiówka



In his 1800 tour of Silesia, future President John Quincy Adams refers to the Silesian village of Hermsdorf in Letters on Silesia (letter VII, 1st August 1800). He notes that the village is at the foot of the Kynast, "one of the most celebrated Silesian hills." At the top of the Kynast, was the ruins of an old castle supposedly built in 1292 by the ancestor of Count Schafgotsch, and abandoned in 1670 due to a fire from a lighting strike. There was also a log book at the time kept of those who climbed the hill and wished to sign it for posterity.

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