An edit-war is expected to breakout on Wikipedia about whether this is a German or Polish element.
Now the Wikipedia wars about the nationality of Copernicus have past into the realm of legends but if the people would only bother to do their history they would know its all a waste of time and effort Nicolas was not German and he was also not Polish, he was an Ermländer!
Ermland (Latin Warmia) where Copernicus lived and worked nearly all of his life, except for the time he spent at university, was a province of East Prussia. During the whole of Copernicus’ life Ermland was a quasi-sovereign state ruled by the Prince Bishop Of Frauenburg, a position held by Copernicus’ uncle Lukas Watzenrode from 1492 to his death in 1512. The province was governed by the Canons of the Cathedral one of whom was Copernicus. Ermland enjoyed a strange political status during this period as the result of the wars between the Order of the Teutonic Knights and Poland. The province stood under the protection of and owed feudal allegiance to the Polish Crown but was not part of Poland. At the same time whilst not part of the German East Prussia it had rights of representation at the Prussian Tag that is its annual parliament.
Next time somebody tries to argue with you about Copernicus’ nationality you now know that all you need to say is “Nicky was an Ermländer”!