As Poland's fifth biggest city and one of its oldest, it's only sensible to assume that a few famous (and infamous) people have hailed from these parts.
A few need no introduction, take Paul von Hindenburg for example, the former president of the Weimar Republic. And Jan A.P Kaczmarek (1953) a composer who grabbed an Oscar in 2005 for the score of Finding Neverland. Another who found fame in Hollywood was Krzysztof Komeda (1931 – 1969), a jazz legend who also scored themes for Polański’s classics Knife in the Water and Rosemary’s Baby. He died falling off a rock. Other names, however, will have you scratching your head and staring into space.
Then there's Paul Leonhardt, a German chess genius who died during a match in 1934. More famous Germans who hailed from Posen/Poznań come in the form of Lothar von Arnauld de La Periere, recognised as the most successful U-Boat ace ever with 141 sinkings to his name.