More about Gorzow Wielkopolski

Like most Polish cities, Gorzow Wielkopolski, too was a part of the Prussian Empire and was popularly known as Landsberg Warthe. Its origins can be traced to the time when the region, which is the present day city, was part of the Santok defense settlement and was then called Kobyla Gora. The foundation of the township, which was then called Landisberch Nova, was laid by Albrecht de Luge.

Even before the Second World War, Gorzow Wielkopolski was a thriving city and a major industrial centre for metal working, textile, wood, paper, shoe, pharmaceutical, ornaments, and food industry factories. It also boasted a well developed river port. During the war the city was virtually converted into a prison camp - it was home to two big prison camps 936 Stalag Alt Drewitz and Stalag III C and many labor camps were also established in the surrounding areas.

It was only after the war, under the aegis of the Potsdam Conference, that the township became a part of Poland. In fact the Polish authorities expelled all the German residents living in Gorzow Wielkopolski and replaced them with a Polish speaking population from Ukraine and eastern Poland. In an effort to transform the city completely, from German to a Polish one, the name of the city was changed from Landsberg Warthe to Gorzow Wielkopolski.