This week’s featured town in Poland is the small town of Ozorków in the Lodz province of central Poland.
Random information connected with Ozorków:
- Ozorkow was once an important centre for textiles. Factories spinning wool and cotton were established in the town by the Schlösser family as early as the 1820s.
- Ozorków was a fairly cosmopolitan town until the Second World War with a mix of people of Polish, Jewish and German heritage living in the town.
- During the German occupation Ozorków was renamed Brunnstadt and became part of the German Warthegau (Wartheland).
- Around 6,000 of Ozorkow’s Jews were exterminated by the Nazis.
Other trivia about Ozorkow:
= The world-class chess player Samuel Reshevsky (Rzeszewski) was born in Ozorków in 1911.
- Ozorków is located approximately 20 km north of Lodz and 28 kms east of Poddębice.
- Ozorkow has the longest tram line in Poland. It connects the town with Lodz. It is the second longest tram system in the world!
- Ozorków has a current population of around 19,000.