Saints Peter and Paul Church
|Gmina||Świebodzice (urban gmina)|
|• Mayor||Bogdan Kożuchowicz|
|• Total||30.45 km2 (11.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Świebodzice ([ɕfjɛbɔˈd͡ʑit͡sɛ]; German: Freiburg) is a town in south-western Poland with 23,175 inhabitants (as of 2014[update]). It is situated in Świdnica County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship (from 1975–1998 it was in the former Wałbrzych Voivodeship).
Prior to 1945 the town was in Germany and known as Freiburg in Schlesien. After World War II the region was placed under Polish administration by the Potsdam Agreement under territorial changes demanded by the Soviet Union. Most Germans fled or were expelled and replaced with Poles recently expelled from Eastern Poland according to Molotov Ribbentrop pact.
Old fortifications from around 1279, the year the town was founded, still remain.
- Gustav Becker, German clockmaker
- Paweł Fajdek (born 1989) 2013 World Champion in the Hammer Throw
- Hartmut Kilger (born 1943), President of the German Lawyer's Association (2003–2009)
- Martin Kirschner (1842–1912), Mayor of Berlin
- Emil Krebs (1867–1930), German scientist, noted polyglot who spoke a total of 68 languages at the time of his death.
- Wilhelm Niepelt (1862–1936), German scientist
- Alfred Zucker, German architect
- Anna Zalewska, (born 1965) politician, Minister of National Education of Poland.
- Jewish Community in Świebodzice on Virtual Shtetl
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