Maków Mazowiecki [ˈmakuf mazɔˈvʲɛt͡skʲi] is a town in Poland, in the Masovian Voivodship. It is the powiat capital of Maków County (or Powiat of Maków). Its population is 10,850. The town obtained its town charter in 1421. Before 1939 about 7000 people lived in Maków, including 3000 Jews and 4000 Poles. The Jewish community was murdered during the Nazi German occupation, in the Holocaust. While a secret protocol had been struck prior to World War II between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that laid plans to split up Poland between them, Germany later abrogated this agreement and struck deeply into Russian territory. In the course of Maków Mazowiecki being seized from the Germans by a counter-attacking Red Army in January 1945, heavy fighting and artillery barrages destroyed 90% of the town's buildings. David Azrieli - Canadian businessman and philanthropist Kamil Majkowski - football forward in Legia Warszawa Hyman G. Rickover - admiral in the US Navy, born in Maków in 1900 Leib Langfus - Rabbi from Makow, later murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau. His diary of his deportation and time in Auschwitz-Birkenau are considered one of the most valuable Holocaust era eyewitness testimonies.
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