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Zalewo commune (Poland)

Ilawa county, Warminsko-mazurskie vojvodship

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[Zalewo commune flag] image by Jens Pattke, 24 Dec 2002 See also:

Zalewo commune flag

Zalewo commune, voj. Warminsko-Mazurskie; Ilawa County, flag according to Jacek Skorupski : "Polski Flagi Samorzadowe" in FLAGA #4-5 -Biuletyn Polskiego Towarzystwa Weksylologicznego
Jens Pattke, 7 Jan 2003

Regarding the man in the firy pot, I found on this webpage a pretty plausible explanation:
"First Coat of Arms of the town was reproduced from the seal dated c. 1305-1334, showing the man submerged partially in the pot engulfed in flames. According to some this is "Syty Wit" (Fat Witt).Others identify the man as Saint John in oil. There is no definitive documentation to support either claim. The second hypothesis is more likely since it is mentioned in the records of the local church. The Patron of the parish is Saint John the Evangelist."
Old Polish Name: ZELWALD (1945-46); German: Saalfeld.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 26 Dec 2002

According to my hagiography "Syty Wit" is Saint Vitus (died c. 300 A.D), who was thrown into a kettle with boiling oil and emerged from it unscathed. John the Evangelist did not suffer martyrdom. I didn't find another Saint John to whom this story might apply.
Jarig Bakker, 27 Dec 2002


Zalewo commune Coat of Arms

[Zalewo coat of arms] image from this website.