Colleage of views of Żywiec-1-
Żywiec (Polish pronunciation: [ˈʐɨvjɛt͡s]) is a town in south-central Poland with 32,242 inhabitants (November 2007). Between 1975 and 1998, it was located within the Bielsko-Biała Voivodeship, but has since become part of the Silesian Voivodeship.

The town is situated in the center of the Żywiec Basin, on the Soła river near Żywiec Lake in the Lesser Poland historic region and includes Żywiec Landscape Park, one of the eight protected areas in the voivodedship.

Zywiec in The Hot WarEdit

On February 15, 1951, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Zywiec, partly in retaliation for the Soviet Union's attack on Elmendorf Air Force Base, and partly because Zywiec was a major transportation hub for Soviet forces.[1]


  1. Bombs Away, pg. 103-4., ebook.