Sanniki, Masovian Voivodeship

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Sanniki [sanˈniki] (1943–1945, German Sannikau) is a town in Gostynin County, Masovian Voivodeship, in east-central Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Sanniki. It lies approximately 29 kilometres (18 mi) east of Gostynin and 79 km (49 mi) west of Warsaw. Before the war, the town had a Jewish community of 300 or so. After the Germans arrived in 1939, the Jews were forced to live in a small ghetto. In 1941, they were forced to demolish a local church so Germans could photograph it for their anti-semitic propaganda. In early 1942, the 250 Jews left in the ghetto were deported to the killing camp Chelmno to be murdered. The number of Sanniki Jews who survived is unknown.The town has a population of 2,000. Fryderyk Chopin, then 18, vacationed here in 1828.
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