Coordinates: 50°20′7″N 18°8′45″E / 50.33528°N 18.14583°E / 50.33528; 18.14583
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Rynek (Market Square) in Koźle
Rynek (Market Square) in Koźle
Coat of arms of Koźle
Koźle is located in Poland
Koźle is located in Opole Voivodeship
Coordinates: 50°20′7″N 18°8′45″E / 50.33528°N 18.14583°E / 50.33528; 18.14583
Country Poland
Urban GminaKędzierzyn-Koźle
First mentioned12th century
Town rights1281
Merged into Kędzierzyn-Koźle1975
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationOK

Koźle (German: Cosel) is a district of Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland, located in the western part of the city at the junction of the Kłodnica and Oder rivers, c. 50 km southeast of Opole. The district has a Roman Catholic church, a medieval chateau, remains of a 19th-century fortress and a high school. Koźle's industries include a shipyard and an inland port.


Saint Sigismund church

The settlement was first mentioned in the early 12th-century Gesta principum Polonorum, the oldest Polish chronicle. Its name comes from the Polish word kozioł, which means "goat". As a result of the fragmentation of Poland, from 1281 to 1355 Koźle was the seat of a splinter eponymous duchy ruled by a local branch of the Piast dynasty. Also in 1281, Koźle obtained town rights. After 1355, it remained under the rule of other branches of the Polish Piast dynasty until 1532, when it was absorbed to Bohemia. In 1431, Duke Konrad VII the White founded a Monastery of the Order of Friars Minor in Koźle.[1] It was besieged several times during the Thirty Years War, and in 1645, it returned to Polish rule under the House of Vasa.

It fell to Prussia by the 1742 Treaty of Breslau. Frederick II converted it into a fortress which held against Austrian sieges in 1758, 1759, 1760 and 1762.[2] In 1807 it almost withstood[specify] a siege by the Von Deroy brigade of the Bavarian Army, which was allied with Napoleonic France. From 1871 it was part of the German Empire. In 1903, the Polish Bank Ludowy was founded in the town.[3] Polish insurgents captured the part of the town east of the Oder during the 1921 Third Silesian Uprising, however, the town remained part of Germany in the interbellum. Local Polish activists were intensively persecuted by the Germans since 1937.[4] During World War II, the Germans operated three forced labour subcamps (E2, E153, E155) of the Stalag VIII-B/344 prisoner-of-war camp in the town.[5] In the final stages of the war, in 1945, a German-conducted death march of thousands of prisoners of several subcamps of the Auschwitz concentration camp passed through the town towards the Gross-Rosen concentration camp.[6] With the bulk of Silesia, it was among territories regained by Poland after World War II. However, 6,000 bomb craters were recorded in the Koźle Basin ranging from 16 feet (4.9 m) to 49 feet (15 m) in diameter, as American and British bombers dropped a total of 39,137 bombs in the region starting from February 1943, which was used by the German government for industrial fuel production.[7]

In the wake of Polish takeover of the region, many of the townspeople were expelled and some were arrested for speaking German.[8]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Leksykon Polactwa w Niemczech (in Polish). Opole: Związek Polaków w Niemczech. 1939. p. 392.
  2. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Cosel" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 213.
  3. ^ Leksykon Polactwa w Niemczech. p. 35.
  4. ^ Cygański, Mirosław (1984). "Hitlerowskie prześladowania przywódców i aktywu Związków Polaków w Niemczech w latach 1939-1945". Przegląd Zachodni (in Polish) (4): 24.
  5. ^ "Working Parties". Lamsdorf.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  6. ^ "The Death Marches". Sub Camps of Auschwitz. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  7. ^ "6,000 WWII-era bomb craters mapped in Poland". Live Science. 17 March 2021.
  8. ^ Kulczycki, J.J. (2016). Belonging to the Nation: Inclusion and Exclusion in the Polish-German Borderlands, 1939–1951. Harvard University Press. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-674-96953-7. Retrieved 2023-08-11.

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