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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:36 AM   #441
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I'd rather seen commieblocks built throughout the city centre than what is there today because I think that it would have been easier to eventually tear down those and reconstruct the old town properly.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 06:51 AM   #442
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Memele/Klaipėda/Memel/Memelis.
Overal destruction over 2/3 (around 90% in the New Town and Vitė neighborhood) during the WWII.

After the war, in the 40s and 50s (the last demolition of the church in the 60s), all the large churches were torn down (German St. John's,
donated by the King of Prussia; Lithuanian Protestant church; Lithuanian Catholic church; Anglican church, donated by the Queen of England, St. Nicholas church,...).





http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Memel/Nikolauskirche
http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Memel/Reformierte_Kirche



Bourse bridge was destroyed (more simple one was built in the 50s). Buildings on both sides of the bridge destroyed. Trees grow there currently.
The church what tower is seen here was burnt during the last days of war and now is too destroyed (the commies torn it down).
By the way, it was designed by the World famous Friedrich August Stüler.



http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Memel/Johanniskirche



Anglican church. During the XIX century, Klaipėda was a city with very strong English/Scottish community, that did not make a majority,
but still having the most important seats in the city magistrate and being the most wealthy families (Simpson, Lean, Mason, Ogilvy, Pitcairn and other families).
4/5 of the trade went to the ports of the Great Britain at the first half of the XIX century. This is why the town was de facto English speaking
(in fact, it was threelingual then: English, Lithuanian, German, but the English was kind of "prestige" language because of the facts mentioned above) and of English culture.
http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Memel/Englische_Kirche
http://uostas.info/miestas/pasimatym...nubanycia.html





Lithuanian Catholic church of Klaipėda.
http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Memel/Katholische_Kirche
http://www.uostas.info/miestas/pasim...ziu-gatve.html




Bourse building (left) and Old Post office of the New Town. Both destroyed.


My Information and photos come from:
http://prahanoaki.blogspot.com/2012/...peda-1910.html
http://wiki-en.genealogy.net/Memel
http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Memel
http://www.uostas.info/
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Old October 24th, 2013, 07:45 AM   #443
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Some other great war loses of the greatest little city of the Baltic states, Klaipėda.

Lost houses and streets in the New Town of Klaipėda.

The history of one street.

Gerlach palace and Libaurer/Liepaja street. Most of the buildings vanished.


Merchant Gerlach palace. Destroyed.


The so-called Elephant house.
Was protected by the state from the beginning of the 20th century.
Destroyed during WWII.


Another fragment of former Liepojaus street (Herkaus Manto street today). Nothing left here. Tramway network too dismantled.




Otto Zoeke car shop on Libauer-strasse, established in 1923.






Libauer/Alexanderstrasse intersection.
Corner building destroyed.


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Old October 24th, 2013, 11:12 AM   #444
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Lost Klaipėda.




[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/attachment.php?attachmentid=3731&d=1259336889[/IMG]



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This part of Klaipėda (so-called Old Town) survived relatively well, but all the churches were demolished.


















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Old October 24th, 2013, 11:21 AM   #447
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Unfortunately, many streets like this disappeared...
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067 Memel - Johanniskirchturm by Kenan2









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Old October 24th, 2013, 11:21 AM   #448
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Lost Klaipėda. The New Town.
















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Old October 24th, 2013, 11:22 AM   #449
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Memel/Old Klaipėda. Post mortem.











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Pictures taken from and more here:
http://www.bork-on-line.de/Memel/en-index.htm
http://memel.photofolio.org
http://www.************/forumas/showthread.php?t=837
http://www.************/forumas/showthread.php?t=14545
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Old October 24th, 2013, 11:25 AM   #450
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None of the buildings, seen on this photo, survived...

http://www.bork-on-line.de/Memel/mehr/002061.htm
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Old October 24th, 2013, 06:39 PM   #452
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The Jewish Warsaw district of Muranow (aproximately 1/3 of pre-war Warsaw which perished completely in 1943)
Pre-war population: 300 000



Before World War II, Warsaw was a major center of Jewish life and culture in Poland. Warsaw's prewar Jewish population of more than 350,000 constituted about 30 percent of the city's total population. The Warsaw Jewish community was the largest in both Poland and Europe, and was the second largest in the world, second only to New York City.


http://www.stacjamuranow.art.pl/file...przedwojna.jpg


http://muranowcity.w.interia.pl/images/mapa38.jpg



The great synagogue in Warsaw - Tlomacki street

http://www.fotopolska.eu/foto/226/226084.jpg


http://www.fotopolska.eu/foto/86/86721.jpg

Nalewki street - Main street of Jewish Warsaw (over 50 synagogues were located in this street until 1939)

If Warsaw (Muranow borough) was the Jewish capital of Europe, then Nalewki street was making up its heart. If you wanted to feel the pre-war jewish spirit of Warsaw, then you had to visit jewish Warsaw´s answer to the Royal way. Cafees, shops in backyard streets, hotels, small and large synagogues, Kosher restaurants and jewish museums. This and much more could be found in the most bustling and important street in Jewish Warsaw.


http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/8...130308kl10.png


http://fotopolska.eu/foto/26/26560.jpg


http://www.sztetl.org.pl/getfile2.ph...y=800&id=20542

Plac Muranowski - Muranow square

http://bi.gazeta.pl/im/48/3e/bd/z124...u-usunieto.jpg


http://www.sztetl.org.pl/getfile2.ph...y=800&id=20530

Zamenhof street - namned after the inventor of the Esperanto language

http://www.warszawa1939.pl/zdjecia/z...menhofa_19.jpg


http://kolejkamarecka.pun.pl/_fora/k...1229501698.jpg


http://www.fotopolska.eu/foto/106/106183.jpg

Pawiak prison - the most notorious prison during WWII

It is estimated that from 100,000 prisoners kept imprisoned in the years 1939 -1944 - 37,000 were executed, murdered during interrogations or died in the prison hospital. First executions were carried out in the University Garden, since December 1939 till July 1941 on the peripheries of the Kampinos Forest near the Village Palmiry. Since autumn 1941 in Szwedzkie Góry, Wólka Węglowa, Laski and on dunes called Łuże, in Kabackie Forests and in Chojowskie Forests near Stefanów, in Magdalenka, in Bukowiec by Jabłonna.


http://www.warszawa1939.pl/zdjecia/d...elna_24_06.jpg


http://www.warszawa1939.pl/zdjecia/d...elna_24_02.jpg

Dzielna street (street of the brave)
http://www.muzeum-niepodleglosci.hom...39/dsc5237.jpg


http://www.muzeum-niepodleglosci.hom...39/dsc5240.jpg

Leszno street

http://www.fotopolska.eu/foto/69/69041.jpg

Chlodna street

http://www.warszawa1939.pl/zdjecia/c...hlodna_018.jpg


http://www.warszawa1939.pl/zdjecia/c...hlodna_020.jpg


http://www.sztetl.org.pl/getimage.ph...=obraz_639.jpg

1943...

http://5.s.dziennik.pl/pliki/4865000...34-643-482.jpg


http://static.polskieradio.pl/files/...3f01f883c.file


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...etto_ruins.jpg


http://www.naszastolica.waw.pl/image...udniowy-82.jpg


http://www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl/Data/...2_13703964.jpg
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what a sad waste from Muranow to Klaipeda. Are human beings beginning to understand that war is a waste, I hope so.
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Warsaw Post-War Reconstruction to Present

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Old October 29th, 2013, 09:18 AM   #456
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The MAJORITY of the things you see do not exist (including old town)









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Perkunas--
Thanks for all the wonderful photos of Memel. Quite a lot of work and most appreciated. It's one thing to bemoan the loss of such a great city, and others, due to events during the war, but to realize that much of the destruction took place after the war as further retribution and ideological madness simply pains the soul.
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An example of vandalism, that took place immediately after the war:
http://www.lrytas.lt/-13378569521336...inklų.htm
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An example of vandalism, that took place immediately after the war:
http://www.lrytas.lt/-13378569521336...inklų.htm
What is this article about exactly?
Not everyone speaks Lithuanian here.
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What is this article about exactly?
Not everyone speaks Lithuanian here.
You may use google translate.

In short.
There was a cemetery in Klaipėda.
It is said, that one of the niciest in this part of Europe.
After the war, the monuments were pull up from the cemetery and splitted to pave roads, to built army baracks and so on. The whole cemetery was totally destroyed, because it was "enemy" cemetery or "of no cultural importance".

There were graves of the most famous citizens of Memel-Klaipėda: writers, poets, merchants, philontropes, doctors.
These people were of German, English, Scottish, Lithuanian nationalities.

Now some army baracks are being torn down and these gravestones were found. These will be restored and put back to the former cemetery.

See how it looked:
http://www.************/forumas/showp...37&postcount=7

After the war:
http://www.************/forumas/showp...42&postcount=8
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