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Białystok is the largest city (pop. 286,000 in 2001) in north-eastern Poland and the capital of Podlasie Voivodship since 1999, previously of Bialystok Voivodship (1921-1998). The city is somewhat famous as the birthplace of L. L. Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto.

"Max Bialystok" is one of the lead character's in Mel Brooks' farce The Producers.