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Będzin Castle

Będzin (pronounced: ) is a town in south Poland with 59,936 inhabitants (31 Dec 1999). Area 37 km².

Situated in the Silesian Voivodship (since 1999), previously in Katowice Voivodship (1975-1998).

Until World War II, Bedzin had a vibrant Jewish community but in September, 1939 the German Army (Wehrmacht) overran this area, followed by the SS death squads (Einsatzgruppen), who burned the Bedzin synagogue and many of the Jewish inhabitants along with it. Eventually most of the Jews in Bedzin were deported to the concentration camp at Auschwitz and exterminated.

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