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Old December 19th, 2012, 05:40 PM   #341
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so many beautiful palaces that rival those of England, now mostly destroyed or degraded. you didn't mark some as destroyed so hopefully they have survived. nice job.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 12:32 AM   #342
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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:39 AM   #343
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stunning, what is noticeable in all these pcitures is the level of style, class and refinement, much more sui generis as opposed to so much derivative copy/paste pastiche since end of communism. a dignified elite nation of leaders, not a nation of insecure people desperately emulating others to be cool, but really coming across as pathetic, apologetic about their roots and readily adopting new ones. but Poland's sense of style iand dignity s coming back now, it's everywhere, the world needs this country to be at its best and at peace.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 03:00 AM   #344
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LOT is one of the oldest airlines in the world, started in 1919 I believe. Now LOT is the first European carrier to get the Dreamliner from Boeing.

Urbanista, kinda see your point. But it's gotten better. Warsaw is reclaiming it's elegant style (look at the new Wilanow).
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Old December 20th, 2012, 06:51 AM   #345
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I absolutely agree, it is happening big time now, I see it everywhere, but like you were saying earlier it takes time for a nation that has gone through what Poland has to come into its own and be true to its self and at its best. The last 4 years we ahve seen a major improvement, Polish designs are starting to grace international design mags etc. there is lots of buzz about Polska.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #346
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Warszawianka - Gedania Gdansk (75 members of the club have been murdered during WW2)


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Old December 20th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #347
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Old December 24th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #348
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Was Poznan and Lublin badly hit in the war?
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Old December 25th, 2012, 01:51 PM   #349
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Merry Christmas / Wesołych Świąt
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Old December 26th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #350
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Union of Poles in Germany (despite the war ended in 1945, the German government never cancelled the Nazi regulations outlawing the union and denying Poles living in Germany their minority rights, and despite being now a signatory to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, continues to deny them)
Folgende Kriterien müssen zur Bestimmung als nationale Minderheit in Deutschland erfüllt sein:
- Die Angehörigen sind deutsche Staatsangehörige;
- Sie unterscheiden sich vom Mehrheitsvolk durch eigene Sprache, Kultur und Geschichte, also durch eine eigene Identität;
- Sie wollen diese Identität bewahren;
- Sie sind traditionell in Deutschland heimisch;
- Sie leben hier in angestammten Siedlungsgebieten.

Bis zu ihrer Entrechtung am 7. September 1939 gab es im Deutschen Reich auch eine anerkannte polnische Minderheit. Heute gehören alle ehemals deutschen Gebiete, in denen eine polnische Minderheit ansässig war, zum Staatsgebiet der Republik Polen.


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Old December 26th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #351
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Was Poznan and Lublin badly hit in the war?
Poznan quite badly: up to 55% destruction of the urban fibre and 80% of the Old Town (mostly during Stalingrad-like fight Jan-Feb '45). Afterwards very nicely reconstructed, today it's hard to believe that the city suffered so much (although experienced viewer will notice many empty building lots).

Old Town: reconstruction + old-style buildings from 1950s,

Wilda, Chwaliszewo & City Centre: partial reconstruction of the most precious monuments, plenty of new old-style "fillings" from 1950s, besides couple of 1960s international style examples, but rather of human scale, many past-1989 "fillings";

the Cathedral at Ostrow Tumski - reconstructed + re-gothicised,

Cytadela (Citadel) turned into a park,

Lazarz - what had been destroyed, was rebuilt in 1960s, nothing to be proud of.

Winogrady, Jezyce, Solacz, Glowna, Osiedle Warszawskie - relatively untouched.

Besides, plenty of good residential buildings were built in 1939-43. It mostly survived.


Lublin - IIRC only minor damages during bombardment in 1939 (famous poet Czechowicz died in it) and 1944. Besides, the Jewish district (substandard residential area) was torn down during occupation, ca. 1943. If you need more accurate info, ask pals from Lublin. We (I mean, we, the SSC) have our man (hubertkm) at city's Monument Protection Office, he can help
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Old December 26th, 2012, 12:58 AM   #352
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my mother moved to Poznan after liberation of camps post war and she always claimed Poznan was not so bad at all and much could be rebuilt and or restored quickly compared to Warsaw where most of old Town was literally levelled. 80% of old town was severely damaged versus totally destroyed and beyond that it was restored to habitability quite quickly. By early fifties it was it's old self apparently albeit with a socialist-realist accent.

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Old December 26th, 2012, 03:04 AM   #353
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Quite a, big part of old Poznan was destroyed. Not so heavily as Warsaw of course, but Poznan has lost much of its pre-war glory. The old market looks different than then, which is clearly visible with the Arsenal. The Sw. marcin street is completely different, the tower of the Castle has lost its spire and so on and so on..

Well, there are very few Polish cities that werent' badly damaged in the war of course...
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would be nice if we could see a Poznan before and after thread just like Katsuma and RS UK-PL have done for other cities.
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"Poznan quite badly: up to 55% destruction of the urban fibre and 80% of the Old Town (mostly during Stalingrad-like fight Jan-Feb '45)."
Some areas of Poznań were badly dmaged also during US bombing rides in 43/44', including civil districts, for example zone near old port (Chwaliszewo), the area of destruction is quite clearly visible even today. In the case of Citadel, it was totally destroyed in Jan-Feb '45 and pulled dawn after the war.
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The 15th Anniversary of Third Silesian Uprising in Katowice (1936)


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Union of Poles in Gdansk




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Not sure where to stick these pictures but I need to share them.

Photo's by Henry Cobb.


Szczecin after WW2.


Polish women in Szczecin town square.


Wroclaw after WW2.


http://zwierciadlo.pl/2012/kultura/s...chment/cobb_90

Wroclaw

http://www.lookoutgallery.com.pl/fot...zawa-jesienia/

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