Pyskowice

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Pyskowice
Coordinates: 50°23′N18°37′E / 50.383°N 18.617°E / 50.383; 18.617
CountryFlag of Poland.svg  Poland
Voivodeship POL wojewodztwo slaskie flag.svg Silesian
County Gliwice
Gmina Pyskowice (urban gmina)
First mentioned1256
Government
  MayorAdam Wójcik
Area
  City31.89 km2 (12.31 sq mi)
Population
 (2019-06-30 [1] )
  City18,432
  Density580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
   Urban
2,746,000
   Metro
5,294,000
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
44-120
Car plates SGL
Climate Cfb
Website http://www.pyskowice.pl/

Pyskowice [pɨskɔˈvʲit͡sɛ] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ) (German : Peiskretscham) is a town in Silesia in southern Poland, near Katowice. Borders on the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union – metropolis with the population of 2 million. Located in the Silesian Highlands.

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It is situated in the Silesian Voivodeship since its formation in 1999, previously it was in Katowice Voivodeship. Pyskowice is one of the towns of the 2.7 million conurbation – Katowice urban area and within a greater Silesian metropolitan area populated by about 5,294,000 people. [2] The population of the town is 18,432 (2019).

History

During the Second World War Pyskowice, then known as Peiskretcham, was one of the many sites where Canadian and British prisoners of war, nominally attached to Stalag VIIIB/344 Lamsdorf (Lambinowice) had to work for their German captors. There were more than 600 such working parties belonging to Stlag VIII-B/344 in this region. In January 1945, as the Soviet armies resumed their offensive and advanced into Germany, the prisoners based in Pyskowice were marched westward in the so-called Long March or Death March. Some died from the bitter cold and exhaustion. Eventually the survivors were liberated by American troops in April or May 1945.

Notable people

Twin towns – sister cities

Pyskowice is twinned with: [3]

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References

  1. "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial divison in 2019. As of 30th June". stat.gov.pl. Statistics Poland. 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2020-02-14.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-03-28.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Miasta partnerskie". pyskowice.pl (in Polish). Pyskowice. Retrieved 2020-03-12.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 50°24′N18°38′E / 50.400°N 18.633°E / 50.400; 18.633