Węgrów

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Węgrów
Church on Main Square
Church on Main Square
Coat of arms of Węgrów
Coat of arms
Węgrów is located in Poland
Węgrów
Węgrów
Coordinates: 52°24′N 22°1′E / 52.400°N 22.017°E / 52.400; 22.017
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Masovian
County Węgrów County
Gmina Węgrów (urban gmina)
Established 14th century
Town rights 1441
Government
 • Mayor Jarosław Grenda
Area
 • Total 35.45 km2 (13.69 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 12,606
 • Density 360/km2 (920/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 07-100
Area code(s) +48 25
Car plates WWE
Website http://www.wegrow.com.pl

Coordinates: 52°24′N 22°01′E / 52.400°N 22.017°E / 52.400; 22.017 Węgrów [ˈvɛŋɡruf] is a town in eastern Poland with 12,561 inhabitants (31 December 2003). Situated in the Masovian Voivodeship (since 1999), it is the capital of Węgrów County.

First mentioned in historical records in 1414, it received its city charter in 1441. Between 16th and 18th centuries it was an important centre for Reformation movements in Poland.

After the Partitions of Poland it became part of Austria in 1795, then part of the Duchy of Warsaw in 1809, then part of the Congress Poland ruled by Russia in 1815. It became part of Poland again when the country regained its independence in 1918.

Throughout most of its history, the town had a thriving Jewish community, present at least since the 16th century. It numbered about 6,000 in 1939. The community was exterminated during the Holocaust by the Nazis.

Further information: Timeline of Treblinka

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