Town centre with historical architecture

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Country  Poland
Voivodeship Masovian
County Grójec County
Gmina Gmina Grójec
Established 11th century
Town rights 1419
 • Mayor Dariusz Gwiazda
 • Total 8.52 km2 (3.29 sq mi)
Elevation 153 m (502 ft)
Population (2017)
 • Total 16,674
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 05-600
Area code(s) +48 48
Car plates WGR

Grójec [ˈɡrujɛt​͡s] is a town in Poland. Located in the Masovian Voivodeship, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Warsaw. It is the capital of urban-rural gmina Grójec and Grójec County. It has 16,674 inhabitants (2017)[1]. Grójec surroundings are considered to be the biggest apple-growing area of Poland. It is said that the region makes up also for the biggest apple orchard of Europe. Statistically, every third apple sold in Poland is grown in Grójec – a unique local microclimate provides for their beautiful red colour.[2]

World War II[]

In November 1940, during the Nazi Occupation of Poland, German authorities established a Jewish ghetto in Grójec[3], in order to confine its Jewish population for the purpose of persecution and exploitation. The ghetto was liquidated in February 1941[3], when almost all of its inhabitants (5,200–6,000) were transported in cattle trucks to Warsaw Ghetto, the largest ghetto in all of Nazi occupied Europe with over 400,000 Jews crammed into an area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2). From there, most inmates were sent to Treblinka extermination camp.[4][5][6][7] Only a group of Jewish craftsmen was left in Grójec, however, they were also annihilated in a mass execution in Dębówka, near Góra Kalwaria.

For more details on this topic, see Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Poland.

Notable people[]

  • Piotr Skarga - a Polish Jesuit
  • Jan Jagmin-Sadowski - general of the Polish Army
  • Marek Suski - a Polish politician
  • Justyna Kozdryk - a Polish powerlifter
  • Bartłomiej Niedziela - a Polish footballer

International relations[]

Twin towns – Sister cities[]

Grójec is twinned with:

  • Slovakia Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia
  • Template:Country data NMK Strumica, North Macedonia
  • Italy Canosa di Puglia, Italy
  • Belarus Horki, Belarus

See also[]

  • Grojec (disambiguation)

Notes and references[]

  1. ^ "Grójec (mazowieckie) » mapy, nieruchomości, GUS, noclegi, szkoły, atrakcje, kody pocztowe, bezrobocie, wynagrodzenie, zarobki, tabele, edukacja, przedszkola, demografia, zabytki" (in pl). Polska w liczbach. 
  2. ^ Michał Mackiewicz, "Okolice Grójca." Mazowiecki Urząd Wojewódzki w Warszawie.  (Polish)
  3. ^ a b "Getto w Grójcu | Virtual Shtetl" (in en). 
  4. ^ Warsaw Ghetto, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington, D.C.
  5. ^ Richard C. Lukas, Out of the Inferno: Poles Remember the Holocaust, University Press of Kentucky 1989 - 201 pages. Page 13; also in Richard C. Lukas, The Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German Occupation, 1939-1944, University Press of Kentucky, 1986, Google Print, p.13.
  6. ^ Gunnar S. Paulsson, "The Rescue of Jews by Non-Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland," Journal of Holocaust Education, Vol.7, Nos.1&2, 1998, pp.19-44. Published by Frank Cass, London.
  7. ^ Edward Victor, "Ghettos and Other Jewish Communities." Judaica Philatelic. Accessed June 20, 2011.

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Coordinates: 51°51′56″N 20°52′03″E / 51.86556, 20.8675