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Historical region
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  Austrian Silesia,
before 1740 Prussian annexation
  Prussian Silesia, 1871
  Oder river
Basemap shows modern national borders.
Coordinates: 51°36′N 17°12′E / 51.6°N 17.2°E / 51.6; 17.2Coordinates: 51°36′N 17°12′E / 51.6°N 17.2°E / 51.6; 17.2
Largest cityWrocław
 • Total40,000 km2 (20,000 sq mi)
 • Totalc. 8,000,000
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Silesia (Polish: Śląsk; German: Schlesien; Latin: Silesia; Silesian: Ślůnsk) is a historical region of Poland. Between 17421945, it was the eastern part of Germany and was a Prussian province. In 1945, all of Poland was occupied by the Soviet Red Army. In the following years, the communist occupant enacted laws that in effect chased away the remaining all owners.

Geography[change | change source]

Silesia is along the upper and middle Oder River, upper Vistula River, and along the Sudetes Mountains and the Carpathian Mountains.

The highest point of Silesia is the Śnieżka, in the Sudetes Mountains.

Administrative region of Breslau, 1914

Cities[change | change source]

The largest cities of Silesia (Population of 1939):

Name Population
Wrocław 630,041
Katowice 127,044 (1931)
Zabrze 126,211
Gliwice 117,323
Chorzów 102,349 (1931)
Bytom 100,891
Zgorzelec 93,823
Legnica 83,701
Walbrzych 64,072
Opole 52,992
Racibórz 50,000

Other cities are Brzeg, Boleslawiec, Kozle, Zabkowice Slaskie, Klodzko, Głogów, Strzelce Opolskie, Zielona Gora, Zlotoryja, Jelenia Gora, Glubczyce, Nysa, Swidnica and Trzebnica.

Famous people[change | change source]

There are many famous people who were born in Silesia:

Gallery[change | change source]

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