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Old January 29th, 2014, 06:58 PM   #681
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Danzig was not part of Poland in the Interbellum.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 07:46 PM   #683
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Free City of Gdańsk/Danzig according to Treaty of Versailles was a semi-autonomous city-state under League of Nations protection, represented abroad by Poland and in a customs union with it. Poland was given full rights to develop and maintain transportation, communication, and port facilities in the city. The Free City was created in order to give Poland access to a well-sized seaport.
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Yes, but it was not a part of Poland. Neither was the population polish.
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Yes, but it was not a part of Poland. Neither was the population polish.
Apparently it's high time to start a thread of Free City of Gdańsk in 1920-39, at least in the international SSC, because in Polish section it already exists
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Old January 31st, 2014, 03:30 PM   #686
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Ignacy Mościcki, President of the Polish Republic (1926-1939), and his wife, Maria in the official residence at the Royal Castle in Warsaw


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such vivid pics give me goosebumps....and it bears repeating, Polish women are gorgeous
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Warsaw was incredibly modern right before the beginning of WWII
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yes it was far more modern than you would think from looking at pics of old town. modern and very progressive. I'm in the process of reading a book about the Polish avante garde and the Praesens movement from the interwar period, very enlightening.
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Beautiful photos, thanks.
For me, this is the most European look, Central European architecture and landscape.
Poland in a proud representative of it. Greetings from Prague!
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yes it was far more modern than you would think from looking at pics of old town. modern and very progressive. I'm in the process of reading a book about the Polish avante garde and the Praesens movement from the interwar period, very enlightening.

Gentlemen, I follow this thread with pleasure, but recent comments are excessively optimistic.
Poland became modern. Country had aspirations, began to modernize, arose impressive investments (such as Gdynia).
But Poland had a bad foreign policy, the country was delaminated, struggled with poverty, ethnic problems. In the pictures the center of Warsaw or Lwow looks impressive, because such they were indeed.
In what you write is a lot of exaggeration, because as far as the country has modernized, still lacked a lot of the European leaders.
Until the beginning of the Second World War there lacked any full road connections between cities, were fragments of new concrete or stone roads, but driving it was a nightmare.
In Lodz, for example, as I recall from history, more than 60% of homes in the end of the 1930s did not have water and sewer! (I have some documents from the the 30's), and so on ..
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Gentlemen, I follow this thread with pleasure, but recent comments are excessively optimistic.
Poland became modern. Country had aspirations, began to modernize, arose impressive investments (such as Gdynia).
But Poland had a bad foreign policy, the country was delaminated, struggled with poverty, ethnic problems. In the pictures the center of Warsaw or Lwow looks impressive, because such they were indeed.
In what you write is a lot of exaggeration, because as far as the country has modernized, still lacked a lot of the European leaders.
Until the beginning of the Second World War there lacked any full road connections between cities, were fragments of new concrete or stone roads, but driving it was a nightmare.
In Lodz, for example, as I recall from history, more than 60% of homes in the end of the 1930s did not have water and sewer! (I have some documents from the the 30's), and so on ..
Rather 75%

On the other hand, the Second Republic was struggling with problems it had inherited after the Partitions Era. It took time to fully connect all the properties in 600-thousand city to sewer system. Only in 1924 the sewage system was established in Łódź (!) The backwardness of the areas, especially in the former Russian part of Poland was incredible. Worse yet, in the last 50 years of Russian rule there was no self-government in the cities whatsoever (neither in villages). Only in 1916, during German occupation, the self-government was established, the city planning started and so on.
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Anyway it's a shame that most of the pre-war Polish achievements gone forever. When it comes to direct reference to the subject of this thread ,
I regret the loss of modern design, quality of architecture, art, "technical culture".
The pictures are fantastic and can cause longing for the lost beauty.
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Anyway it's a shame that most of the pre-war Polish achievements gone forever. When it comes to direct reference to the subject of this thread ,
I regret the loss of modern design, quality of architecture, art, "technical culture".
The pictures are fantastic and can cause longing for the lost beauty.
Frankly speaking, I completely don't understand this argument. Most of 1920s and 1930s achievements (including such infrastructural projects such as Magistrala Węglowa (the Coal Trunk Line), Gdynia city and port, Centralny Okręg Przemysłowy (Central Industrial Region), thousands of buildings formed in whole new districts according to concept of the Ebezener Howard's garden city and God knows what else - mostly survived and they were even expanded after the war.

If infrastructure was lost, the most precious capital - the human capital - survived. For example, the Lilpop, Rau and Loewenstein factory in Wola, Warsaw, was completely razed to the ground by Nazis after the Warsaw Uprising, and this great corporation hasn't been restored.

But the "great achievement of socialist Poland", i.e. Lublin Car Factory in Tatary district was in fact built on the foundations of Lilpop Factory from 1938-39. The workers from rail section of Lilpop, Rau and Loewenstein migrated to Western Poland (so called "Regained Territories", i.e. what Germany ceded do Poland after the Potsdam conference) and helped to set off the production in ruined ex-German factories. For example, former Linke-Hoffman-Werke in Breslau became Pafawag in Wrocław.
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I think the greatest losses were of course all those people and their potential lost forever as well as the losses of great art and library collections (30 billion dollars worth), although some more art finds may trickle back to Poland in the future (maybe this recent find of 1200 works in Germany) and of course the loss of the capital in its original form... a lot of historic material lost forever.

I hope that there is a chance that the Elegiusz Bielutin collection finally returns to Poland, legally it belongs to Poland along with many great works taken by the Red Army that still languish in museum cellars in Russia. Russia has so much great art, surely on legal and moral grounds it could return more of these works to enrich our museums as it did in the 60's and as a gesture of decency and reconciliation.
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