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Tuchola t is a town
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 in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship
Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship
-Transportation:Transportation infrastructure is of critical importance to the voivodeship's economy. Kuyavia-Pomerania is a major node point in the Polish transportation system. Railway lines from the South and East pass through Bydgoszcz in order to reach the major ports on the Baltic Sea...

 in northern Poland
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. The Pomerania
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n town, which had a population of 13,976 as of 2004, is located close to the Tuchola Forests about 7t0 km north of Bydgoszcz, and is the seat of Tuchola County
Tuchola County
Tuchola County is a unit of territorial administration and local government in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, north-central Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and only town is Tuchola, which...

. Forest areas to the east and north of the town form the protected area
Protected area
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 of Tuchola Landscape Park
Tuchola Landscape Park
Tuchola Landscape Park is a protected area in north-central Poland, established in 1985, covering an area of in the Tuchola Forests close to the town of Tuchola....



Settlement around Tuchola dates to 980, while the town was first mentioned in 1287. It received German town law
German town law
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 (Culm law) in 1346 from Heinrich Dusemer
Heinrich Dusemer
Heinrich Dusemer von Arfberg was the 21st Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, serving from 1345 to 1351.Dusemer hailed from Swabia and joined the Teutonic Order in 1311. As a young knight he fought against the Lithuanians. Legend has it that he frequently would duel with Grand Duke Vytenis...

, the Grand Master
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 of the Teutonic Knights
Teutonic Knights
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. After the Order's defeat in the Battle of Grunwald
Battle of Grunwald
The Battle of Grunwald or 1st Battle of Tannenberg was fought on 15 July 1410, during the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War. The alliance of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, led respectively by King Jogaila and Grand Duke Vytautas , decisively defeated the Teutonic Knights, led...

, a Polish-Lithuanian army conquered the town on November 5, 1410. The Order retained the town in the First Peace of Thorn. At the end of the Thirteen Years' War (1454–1466), however, Tuchel was ceded to Poland in the Second Peace of Thorn and became part of Polish Royal Prussia
Royal Prussia
Royal Prussia was a Region of the Kingdom of Poland and of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth . Polish Prussia included Pomerelia, Chełmno Land , Malbork Voivodeship , Gdańsk , Toruń , and Elbląg . It is distinguished from Ducal Prussia...


During the First Partition of Poland in 1772, Royal Prussia was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia
Kingdom of Prussia
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. On May 17, 1781 the Church of St. Bartholomäus and vast parts of the town burned down. Tuchel became part of the Prussian-led German Empire
German Empire
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 in 1871.

A prisoner-of-war camp
Prisoner-of-war camp
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 was established near the town by Germany during World War I
World War I
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. After the town was transferred to the Second Polish Republic
Second Polish Republic
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 in 1920 following the Treaty of Versailles
Treaty of Versailles
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, the camp became known as Camp No. 7 and existed until 1923. At this time it housed mainly soldiers and cossack
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s of the Imperial Russian
Russian Empire
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Beginning in the autumn of 1920 during Polish-Soviet war
Polish-Soviet War
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 thousands of captured Red Army
Red Army
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 men were placed in the camp of Тuchola. These POW
Prisoner of war
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s lived in trenches, while famine
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, cold, and infectious diseases killed tens of prisoners daily. In the winter 1920/1921 POWs had a death rate of about 25%, which was attributed to malnutrition, poor sanitary conditions, lack of fuel and medicines, and physical maltreatment by the Polish supervisors.

«From the moment of opening an infirmary in February, 1921 till May 11, 1921 there was registered epidemic diseases 6491, not epidemic 12294, 2561 deaths» («Red Army POWs in the Polish POW camps 1919-1922», p. 671).

Lieutenant Colonel I. Matuszewski, the head of the II department of the Polish Joint Staff, informed the military minister of Poland in the letter on February 1, 1922, that 22 thousand of POWs were lost in the camp of Tuchol in all time of its existence. («Red Army POWs...», p. 671)
Tuchola was annexed by Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
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 during World War II
World War II
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. The town's ethnic German
Ethnic German
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 population was subsequently expelled
Expulsion of Germans after World War II
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 after the war and replaced with Poles
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  • Higher School of Environmental Management

Famous residents

  • Louis Lewin
    Louis Lewin
    Louis Lewin was a German pharmacologist. In 1886, he published the first methodical analysis of the Peyote cactus, which was originally named in his honor Anhalonium lewinii.He received his education at the gymnasium and the University of Berlin...

     (1850–1929), physician, pharmacologist, toxicologist in Berlin
  • Senna Hoy (1882–1914), author anarchist
  • Joachim von Delbrück (1886–1951), author, critic, publisher
  • Bruno Binnebesel (1902–1944) catholic churchman

  • Marcin Jędrzejewski
    Marcin Jedrzejewski (speedway rider)
    Marcin Jędrzejewski is a Polish speedway rider and has ridden for the Polish national junior team. He has been riding since 2003.- World Championships :* Individual U-21 World Championship...

     - speedway
    Motorcycle speedway
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     rider and current member of Polish national junior team.
  • Jarosław Katulski - medicine doctor, a PO's member of Sejm of the Republic of Poland .
  • Tadeusz Zwiefka
    Tadeusz Zwiefka
    Tadeusz Antoni Zwiefka is a Polish journalist and politician. Since 2004, member of the European Parliament.- Biography :Tadeusz Zwiefka comes from Tuchola in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship, he worked in Szczecin and Warsaw, and today he lives in Poznań....

     - popular TV journalist, and a PO's Member of European Parliament
    European Parliament
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