Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki

Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki [ˈnɔvɨ ˈdvur mazɔˈvʲɛt͡skʲi] (About this soundlisten), often simply referred to as Nowy Dwór, is a town in east-central Poland with ca. 42500 inhabitants (2008). It is situated in the Masovian Voivodeship (since 1999); previously, it was in Warszawa Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki County.

Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki
Notable sights in Nowy Dwór
Notable sights in Nowy Dwór
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Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki is located in Poland
Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki
Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki
Coordinates: 52°26′N 20°41′E / 52.433°N 20.683°E / 52.433; 20.683
CountyNowy Dwór Mazowiecki County
GminaNowy Dwór Mazowiecki (urban gmina)
Establishedbefore 1294
Town rights1374
 • MayorJacek Kowalski
 • Total30.23 km2 (11.67 sq mi)
 • Total42,452
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+48 022
Car platesWND

One of its districts is Modlin, created from incorporating the former village of Modlin into the growing town in 1961. Modlin Fortress is now also part of the city. Many structures related to the fort can be seen in the Modlin district, including ruins from defensive structures designed by Napoleon Bonaparte [1] and Tsarist Blocks built between 1899 - 1901 to house soldiers of the Russian army, and which are still in use as private flats today [2].

From 1941 till 1942 a ghetto existed between the four streets Nałęcza, Warszawska, Mazowiecka and Piaskowa, most of the Jewish inhabitants were murdered in Auschwitz. Holocaust survivor Yehudis Pshenitse has recounted the efforts of a parish priest from Nowy Dwór to save her life after the murder of more than 2000 Jews in Rembertów ghetto in August 1942. Hiding her in his cellar, he gave her false papers identifying her as a Christian. Betrayed to the German occupying forces, the priest was tortured. He was released, but mortally wounded. Pshenitse described how he blessed her before dying: 'Once again, he asked [his housekeeper] that I be hidden in a safe place, and then he died'. The housekeeper took her to Modlin, where she was able to survive, living 'by her own wits, posing as a Christian child'.[3]

The Israeli city of Holon has a Nowy Dwór Street (רחוב נובידבור). The name was given at the request of survivors of the Nowy Dwór Jewish community, who arrived in Holon after 1945.

Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki is also renowned for its wooden architecture, which is still faintly visible within the city limits. Some of the wooden houses and villas date back to the late 18th-century. The name Nowy Dwór itself, which literally means "New Manor" in English, relates to the manor-like architecture of the region.



  1. ^,reduta-napoleona
  2. ^,bloki-carskie
  3. ^ 'Wanderings of a Child' in Pinkas Novy-Dvor (the Nowy Dwór Memorial Book). Quoted in Kugelmass, Jack and Jonathan Boyarin (1983) (translator and editors) From a Ruined Garden: The Memorial Book of Polish Jewry. New York: Schocken Books, 177 - 8

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Coordinates: 52°26′N 20°43′E / 52.433°N 20.717°E / 52.433; 20.717