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In 1466 the town with other western Prussian territory passed to the
crown of Poland as Royal Prussia. As part of Royal Prussia under Poland's
protection (Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth), the town functioned as a seat
of Stuhm County in Marienburg county (Malbork Voivodeship) (1466-1772)
and a place to hold local court sessions. In 1635 the Treaty of Stuhmsdorf
was signed in the village of Stuhmsdorf (now Sztumska Wies, just south
of the city of Sztum).
In 1772 during the time of the First Partition of Poland, the Prussian town became part of the Kingdom of Prussia. In 1871 it became part of the newly created German Empire.
According to the treaty of Versailles after World War I the inhabitants were asked whether they want to remain in Germany or join the new Second Polish Republic by the Warmia and Masuria plebiscite on July 11, 1920. 19.984 votes were given to remain in Germany, 4.904 votes for Poland. Based on that result Stuhm was included in the Regierungsbezirk Marienwerder within East Prussia.
After the end of World War II, the German inhabitants were expelled like most of the German population of East Prussia. During the end of the war, the town, along with the rest of southern East Prussia, was given to Polish administration under territorial changes promulgated by the Potsdam Conference. The city was resettled by Poles, many of them expellees from Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union. (based on wiki)
Arms and flag adopted on February 1, 2003 (resolution # VI/19/2003).
"Arms: an image of Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus on the red shield.
Flag: a rectangle in the ratio 5:3 composed of three equal horizontal bands: red-white-red."
Chrystian Kretowicz, 4 Nov 2008