Nowy Sącz [Новий Санч; Novyi Sanch]. A city (2006 pop 84,594) on the Dunajec River in Little Polish voivodeship in southern Poland. In 1939 Ukrainians represented 71 percent of the county's population, and the Ukrainian community in Nowy Sącz provided economic and cultural leadership for the western Lemko region. Volodymyr Kubijovyč was born there. There was a Ukrainian Catholic church and a branch of the Prosvita society in the city. In 1946 the southern part of the county was transferred by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to Poland. Most Ukrainians were forcefully resettled from the region (see Resettlement and Operation Wisła). The museum in Nowy Sącz exhibits samples of Lemko church decoration and the works of the Lemko naive painter Nykyfor.
[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]