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Hvizdets (Ukrainian: Гвізде́ць, Polish: Gwoździec, Yiddish: גוואזדזיעץ‎) is an urban-type settlement in Kolomyia Raion (district) of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (region), Ukraine. It is located 19 kilometres (12 mi) ENE of Kolomyia, 56 km (35 mi) SE of Ivano-Frankivsk and 690 km (430 mi) WSW of Kiev. Population: 1,933 (2016 est.)[1].

The town was the site of the Battle of Gwoździec in 1531, during the Polish-Moldavian wars.

Prior to World War II the town was located in Poland.

Alternate names[edit]

Hvizdets was formerly known as Gvozdets (Russian), Gwoździec (Polish), Gvozdetz or Gvodzitz or גוואזדזיעץ (Yiddish), Hvizdec', Gvozhdziyets, and Gvozdzets.

Former Jewish Population[edit]

The Jewish population of Hvizdets in the year 1900 was 1,663 people,[citation needed] who made up a substantial part of the town's population. Nearly all were killed in the Holocaust. The famous Gwoździec Synagogue once stood in the village, however, it was burnt down by the German forces during World War II.


Coordinates: 48°35′N 25°17′E / 48.583°N 25.283°E / 48.583; 25.283