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LISSA (Polish Lezno)

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 776 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LISSA (Polish Lezno), a town in the Prussian province of Posen, 25 M. N.E. from Glogau by rail and at the junction of lines to Breslau, Posen and Landsberg. Pop. (1905) 16,021. The chief buildings are the handsome palace, the medieval town-hall, the four churches and the synagogue. Its manufactures consistchiefly of shoes, machinery, liqueurs and tobacco; it also possesses a large steam flour-mill, and carries on a brisk trade in grain and cattle. Lissa owes its rise to a number of Moravian Brothers who were banished from Bohemia by the emperor Ferdinand I. in the 16th century and found a refuge in a village on the estate of the Polish family of Leszczynski. Their settlement received municipal rights in 1561. During the Thirty Years' War the population was reinforced by other refugees, and Lissa became an important commercial town and the chief seat of the Moravian Brothers in Poland. Johann Amos Comenius was long rector of the celebrated Moravian school here. In 1656 and 1707 Lissa was burned down. See Voigt, Aus Lissas erster BlStezeit (Lissa, 1905), and Sanden, Geschichte der Lissaer Schule (Lissa, 1905).
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Lissa was my mother's birthplace. I would have loved to see some photos either historical and/or present day. thankyou There were seven girls in my late mother's family and only now, with the internet and mature wisdom I am able to learn more about my family history.
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