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Old December 9th, 2015, 02:54 PM   #2021
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New project by Mytych (Elbląg/Elbing)




...and ongoing renovations works (mansion is located near Market Gate)

(by Kubael)

Polychrome paintings in the Warmian Bishop's Castle in Lidzbark Warmiński/Heilsberg and Roman Catholic church in Gutkowo/Göttkendorf are being renovated


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Old December 9th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #2022
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Renovation works near Victory square, Kaliningrad.

Before:


After:
(it'd be much better without ads and wires, for sure)


The project:


This project is also implemented:
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Old December 10th, 2015, 11:21 AM   #2023
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Books written in the late 18th century by a bunch of Germanized Masurians: Georg Christoph Pisanski, Cölestin Kowalewski, Ludwig Ernst von Borowski (Archbishop of Prussia)...


...and Ludwig von Baczko. Title page of Immanuel Kant's biography by pastor of Tragheim Church, Ehregott Andreas Wasianski. Tragheim Church contained an oil painting of Wasianski.


Ludwig Ernst von Borowski bust monument in Königsberg
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Old December 11th, 2015, 09:09 AM   #2024
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Did they restore the look of the building that used to be or is it just a modern retro-fantasy?
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Old December 11th, 2015, 10:25 AM   #2025
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Did they restore the look of the building that used to be or is it just a modern retro-fantasy?
I guess, it's just a modern retro-fantasy. Relying on the plans of the authorities, Leninsky ave should be renovated almost entirely. As fo now, 3 buildings were renovated, including the one above:

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Old December 16th, 2015, 11:53 AM   #2026
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Elbląg/Elbing Museum of Archaeology and History (also here)
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Old December 16th, 2015, 04:27 PM   #2027
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I couldn't find this thread for long time. Keep the great job RS_UK-PL
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Old December 28th, 2015, 12:34 AM   #2028
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HOOOORAY! It is done! At last! Trams are back in Olsztyn. After 50 years!


The first tram (car no. 3006) of Line 1 departed at approx. 1235 CET, Dec 19th, 2015 from Wysoka Brama (Upper Gate) Terminus. It was 50 years and 29 days since Nov 20th, 1965, when the tram network in Olsztyn had been closed.

On 27th December (0454 CET, in pre-dawn darkness) the Line 2 was opened. Line 3 is to be launched in New Years' Eve. Therefore, the EU-co-financed investment will be completed just in time not to lose financing from 2007-13 financial perspective (investments must be completed within 2 years after the perspective is finished, therefore, up to 31st Dec, 2015)

The tram network consists of 3 lines, which connect the largest residential area in Olsztyn, district Jaroty (Terminus: Immanuel Kant St.) with Main Railway Station. Two branches lead towards city centre (Terminus: Upper Gate) and the university campus at Kortowo.

The construction took part in 2011-15, with some adventures. The extensions are planned in Kortowo (to Stary Dwór), in Jaroty (to Pieczewo residential area, to cover as many residents as possible) and to Zatorze district (on the other side of the railway).

Here is the link to the whole thread about Comeback of trams in Olsztyn (in Polish). Extensive photostory on page 283:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=335183

Here's wikipedia link in Polish:
https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tramwaje_w_Olsztynie

and German:
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stra%C3%9Fenbahn_Olsztyn

And here is a teaser (courtesy of Syntech):


The schematic map (courtesy of LukasOln + http://www.transport-publiczny.pl/)


Congratulations to Olsztyn and its citizens. Keep up the good work!
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Olsztyn is a gorgeous city, really a great place for tourism, wonder if there are enough hotels though?

Even has a romantic castle



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Old January 5th, 2016, 05:27 PM   #2030
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Pisz/Johannisburg (Masuria) city centre renovation

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In the southern part of Warmia (Olsztyn/Allenstein, Reszel/Rößel) Roman Catholic priest Anton von Wolszlegier from the Polish Party won against Justus Rarkowski from the Centre Party, while largely assimilated Masurians voted for the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party was elected by majority of Masurians since 1884. Districts which were part of pre-1772 Poland (+ Upper Silesia) voted for the Polish Party, albeit German "Drang nach Osten" and anti-Polish policies resulted in some exceptions to this rule.

Fragment of a map of Poland (drawn in 1773)
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Old January 29th, 2016, 04:08 PM   #2032
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Old January 29th, 2016, 05:58 PM   #2033
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it's amazing how quickly Poles can be brainwashed and how fast they give up their nationality and their interests.
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Old January 29th, 2016, 06:53 PM   #2034
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it's amazing how quickly Poles can be brainwashed and how fast they give up their nationality and their interests.
More recent examples...

Poles in Belarus:
1989 - 417,720
2009 - 294,549

Poles in Lithuania:
1989 - 258,000
2011 - 200,317

Poles in Ukraine:
1989 - 219,179
2001 - 144,130

Poles in Latvia:
1989 - 60,416
2011 - 44,783

Poles in the Czech Republic:
1991 - 59,383
2011 - 39,269

Polish census of 2002 - 96% of surveyed declared Polish ethnicity
Polish census of 2011 - 93.8% of surveyed declared Polish ethnicity
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it is understandable that people who are a minority, especially one that is not persecuted, tend to assimilate into a larger host population over time. but what's interesting in Poland, is that most Poles are almost straining to find some other ethnicity to belong to besides Polish or maybe they now feel emboldened by being in the EU to express a latent nationality. By nationality I mean what people identify with not what their DNA would indicate. young Poles it seems especially have a very tenuous connection to their Polish identity, but this is becoming common all over the world, but given our location may not bode well for the future.

although I have noticed this phenomenon in Canada, when the Polish nation is threatened even the Polish light or Polish disdainful crowd mobilizes and becomes very Polish again. Interesting.
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There is no such thing like "Polish DNA'.
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Maybe the numbers of Poles abroad are shrinking simply because of emigration and low birth rates? I mean, why would a Pole be keen to identify as Belorussian these days?
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Maybe the numbers of Poles abroad are shrinking simply because of emigration and low birth rates? I mean, why would a Pole be keen to identify as Belorussian these days?
Well in case of Belarus authorities tend to see Polish minority as a threat to their power so there might be some pressure...
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In the southern part of Warmia (Olsztyn/Allenstein, Reszel/Rößel) Roman Catholic priest Anton von Wolszlegier from the Polish Party won against Justus Rarkowski from the Centre Party (...)
How very typical of these borderland areas. Don't judge the book by its cover

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it's amazing how quickly Poles can be brainwashed and how fast they give up their nationality and their interests.
You're unjust to them. Before 19th century there weren't any nations according to today's definition. Some elites perhaps constituting less then few percent of the population, apart from that people were obiously keen to keep their language, religion and traditions but they were not the part of nation as the political entity.

Now they're two cases: Masurians and Warmiaks.

Masurians never lived in Poland mostly because Polish First Republic (which was, technically speaking, a kingdom) never made much effort to incorporate the area (even though most of inhabitants would be happy or indifferent at worst). Masurian identity was local. Their sticking to Lutheran (later: Evangelic Union) church kept them with great regard and loyalty towards Hohenzollern dynasty. The only way to advance in the social structure was to advance within the structure of Prussian (later: German) state, which indeed made little borders. If Masurian wanted to make a career, for some sky was the limit. And when civilisation started to expand into Masurian area it was German civilisation. Wańkowicz recalls in "Na tropach Smętka" (1935) that Masurians mostly were unaware of the fact that their home slang they're were using mostly to talk to cattle is - with small differences - actually the same language that is used by 25 millions of people just after the border, one hours' way by car.

Warmiaks were the part of Poland for few centuries and the southern corner of Warmia (Olsztyn, Barczewo and Biskupiec outskirsts) were indeed predominantly Polish. However, most of the city inhabitansts and local elite Germanised very quickly (and without force or threat). It was local population of peasant ancestry who regained Polish tradition, but they were also very easy target of forced Germanisation when the united Reich showed its teeth. It was actually Gietrzwałd Revelations in 1870s (and more importantly, their social consequences afterwards with over 200 thousand of Polish - mostly from Duchy of Poznań - coming to pilgrimage or just as tourist) that enabled Warmiaks (certainly not all of them, but significant portion) to understand that they are the part of the Polish nation. Hence "Warmiak", "Gazeta Olsztyńska", Polish list for the Reichstag, some Polish NGOses etc.

But mind that only some Warmiaks felt that way. Some of them perceived themselves as Germans who simply use both languages and even if they didn't feel to be the part of German nation (in ethnical meaning) they were 100% loyal to the German state. Actually, why shouldn't they? Their feudal lords and former elites dropped them and left behind with no help whatsoever. They were living as in Middle Ages and when it started to break somewhere in late 19th century it was German state that was bringing railways, roads, hospitals, schools, all the atributes of civilisation. What Poland could offer apart from vague and misty memories of the past 100 years before?

Completely different situation than in, say, Greater Poland, which was making anti-German uprisings at every possible moment, or even Silesia. Well, it's clearly visible on the map attached.

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Maybe the numbers of Poles abroad are shrinking simply because of emigration and low birth rates? I mean, why would a Pole be keen to identify as Belorussian these days?
Complete offtop with this Belarus, but why wouldn't he?
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