The town of Bärwalde was since its foundation until 1945 in Brandenburgs region of Neumark. To identify it from other towns also named Bärwalde, it carried the abbreviation Nm. When it was conquered by the Soviet Union in 1945 it was given to Polish Administration, which changed the name to Mieszkowice.
Waldemar of Brandenburg, last ruler of the Ascanian line of Brandenburg rulers, lived and died in Bärwalde. His nephew Heinrich II Margrave of Brandenburg (1308-1319/20) died in Bärwalde shortly after Waldemar.
From 1650-73 Elias Loccelius, auch Elias Lockelius, eigentlich Löckel, (* 1621; † 1704) was pastor in Bärwalde and from there he moved to Drossen. He was known as an excellent Brandenburg Chronicler and was an electoral church inspector for Land Sternberg as well.