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Jarocin is located in Poland
Coordinates: 51°58′N 17°30′E / 51.967°N 17.5°E / 51.967; 17.5
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Greater Poland
County Jarocin County
Gmina Gmina Jarocin
Established 13th century
Town rights 1257
 - Mayor Adam Michał Pawlicki
 - Total 14.44 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 - Total 25,834
 - Density 1,789.1/km2 (4,633.6/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 63-200
Area code(s) +48 62
Car plates PJA

Jarocin ([jaˈrɔt​͡ɕin] - German: Jarotschin) is a town in central Poland with 25,700 inhabitants (1995). Since 1999 Jarocin has been located in the Greater Poland Voivodeship, prior to that it was located in the Kalisz Voivodeship (1975-1998).



Jarocin was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in the 1793 Second Partition of Poland and administered within South Prussia. It was part of the Duchy of Warsaw from 1807–13 during the Napoleonic Wars, but was restored to Prussia afterward.

The town was included within the Grand Duchy of Posen from 1815 and the Province of Posen from 1848. It became part of the German Empire in 1871. In 1889 it was included within the newly-created Jarotschin District of the Province of Posen.

Jarocin participated in the Greater Poland Uprising (1918–1919) and had the first soldiers' council in the Province of Posen. It was subsequently included in the Second Polish Republic. The West German Minister and former SS officer Waldemar Kraft was born here at Brzustow in 1898.

The town was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1939 during World War II and administered within Reichsgau Wartheland. Many Poles, especially Jews, were expelled and replaced with ethnic Germans from the Baltic states, Volhynia, and Bukovina. Jarocin was restored to Poland with the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Jarocin Festival

The town became famous in the 1980s thanks to the Jarocin Festival, one of the first rock and punk music festivals in communist Eastern Bloc countries. The first one was organised in 1980.


  • Wielkopolska Wyższa Szkoła Humanistyczno-Ekonomiczna


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Coordinates: 51°58′N 17°30′E / 51.967°N 17.5°E / 51.967; 17.5



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