Krzyz Wielkopolski
Krzyż Wielkopolski ' is a town in Poland
Poland , officially the Republic of Poland , is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north...

, with 6,317 inhabitants (2004) in Czarnków-Trzcianka County
Czarnków-Trzcianka County
Czarnków-Trzcianka County is a unit of territorial administration and local government in Greater Poland Voivodeship, west-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 is the town of Czarnków,...

, Greater Poland Voivodship. It is an important railroad junction, with two major lines crossing there - the Berlin
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 - Bydgoszcz and Poznań
Poznań is a city on the Warta river in west-central Poland, with a population of 556,022 in June 2009. It is among the oldest cities in Poland, and was one of the most important centres in the early Polish state, whose first rulers were buried at Poznań's cathedral. It is sometimes claimed to be...

 - Szczecin
Szczecin , is the capital city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. It is the country's seventh-largest city and the largest seaport in Poland on the Baltic Sea. As of June 2009 the population was 406,427....

 connections. The town owns its existence to the rail, as developed only after 1848, when the Poznań - Szczecin line was opened. In fact its name (Krzyz in English means cross) reflects the fact that rail lines cross there. Krzyz was area of heavy Polish-German fighting in 1919, during the Greater Poland Uprising (1918–1919)
Greater Poland Uprising (1918–1919)
The Greater Poland Uprising of 1918–1919, or Wielkopolska Uprising of 1918–1919 or Posnanian War was a military insurrection of Poles in the Greater Poland region against Germany...

 and it remained part of Germany in the interbellum period, located only 2 kilometers from then-borderline. It was incorporated as a town in 1936 and after World War II
World War II
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it became part of Poland.

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