Welcome to Tykocin

On 25 August, shortly after Nazi Germany declared war on the Soviet Union, the Germans called the town's nearly 2000 Jewish residents to the Rynek, from where they were taken to the Łopuchowo Forest, about 8km west of Tykocin, and shot. They were buried in mass graves.

Today, it's fair to say, that Tykocin has never recovered from the massacre. In 1950, owing to the loss of half of its population, it was deprived of its town charter, to become an ordinary village. It recovered its charter in 1994, but remains a sleepy backwater. An unmissable site, Poland's grandest surviving synagogue, recalls all that was lost.

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