Grottkau / Grodków

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A lithographic picture postcard showing scenes from Grodkow (Grottau), Schlesien, c.1899.

Grodków (former: Grottkau) is a small town in the south-west of Poland. Here is a selection of images from our picture archive showing the location through time.

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The Rynek / ulica Warszawska area of Grodków (Grottau), Silesia, c.1910.

Three things you might not know about Grodków:

- Grodków was part of Germany and called Grottkau until 1945.
- Around 50% of Grodków was destroyed in the fighting between German and Russian / Soviet soldiers in February 1945.
- Most of the German population, who had not already fled west, were expelled by the end of 1945.

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A photograph of Grodkow (Grottkau) at it looked in 1935. Look carefully and you’ll see the town’s windmill, now a restaurant.

A couple more bits of information on Grodkow:

- The composer Joseph (Józef) Elsner was born in Grodków in 1769.
- The population of Grodków is currently around 8,800.

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An old picture postcard of the Post Office and Church on ul. Warszawska, Grodków (Grottkau), c.1935.

Also good to know:

- Grodkow, although historically part of Upper Silesia, is now part of the province of Opole.

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An elevated photographic view of the centre of Grodków , Poland, c.1964.

See also:
- Information and images of the village of Makowice (Mogwitz).
- Old images of and information on the nearby city of Opole (former: Oppeln).

Oscypek Polish Smoked Cheese

Oscypek Polish Smoked Cheese

A plate of delicious Oscypek smoked cheese about to be eaten at our home here in Lubuskie, western Poland.

Oscypek is Polish smoked cheese produced in the Tatra Mountains in the far south of Poland. It is traditionally made using unpasteurized salted sheep’s milk. To sample this unique cheese you could travel to the Oscypek Festival organized each summer in Zakopane or alternatively visit any good store anywhere in Poland and buy them to enjoy at home. Since we’re a long way from the Polish highlands we usually buy ours at our local Intermarche supermarket! A similar cheese known as Gołka is made using the milk of cows rather than sheep.

Schoenau an der Katzbach / Świerzawa

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An old postcard from Schoenau an der Katzbach, now Świerzawa, Schlesien, c.1899.

In response to a visitor request here are scans of three images from our archive of the small town of Schoenau an der Katzbach, now Świerzawa in Lower Silesia, south-west Poland.

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The Lower Market Square in Schonau / Swierzawa, Lower Silesia, c.1930.

Three things you may not know about Świerzawa:
- Świerzawa was called Schoenau until 1945 and between 1945 and 1947, Szunów.
- A recently closed railway line once connected Świerzawa with Legnica, Złotoryja, Marciszów, Kamienna Góra, and Lubawka.
- Świerzawa has a population of around 2,400.

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An aerial photograph of the centre of Schoenau / Swierzawa. This was taken in 1939.

Related content: Information and images of the nearby city of Jelenia Gora.



Yesterday we attended a fun car and motorcycle event at a sports stadium in Lubuskie, Poland. The event called Demolka (or Demolition in English) was organised by ‘Street Owners’ from the Czech Republic and featured all manner of stunts including cars driving on two wheels, motorcycle jumps, people leaping through fiery hoops from the roof of fast moving cars, a mock hanging, and a motorbike globe of death. Much fun was had by all who attended!

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‘Streets Owners’ are a touring group that put on similar events throughout Poland and elsewhere in Europe. When not doing this they are involved in providing stunts for numerous television productions and movies.

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Brinsdorf / Bronice

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Children and teacher outside the school in Bronice / Brinsdorf, c.1919.

Archive images of the village of German-era Bronice (Brinsdorf), in the Jasień (Gassen) and Żary (Sorau) area of Lubuskie, western Poland.

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The war memorial (kriegerdenkmal) in Bronice / Brinsdorf, c.1919.

Prior to 1945 Bronice was called Brinsdorf and part of Germany. The population of Bronice is currently around 125. It’s a small village with a number of interesting late 19th century / early 20th century buildings and an early half-timbered barn.

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Paul Stope’s Guesthouse in Bronice / Brinsdorf, c.1919.

See also: Information and photographs of the nearby town of Jasien.



A tourist information board for the Miedzyrzecz area in Kursko.

Kursko (former: Kurzig) is a small village with a population of less than 300. It is located in the Miedzyrzecz area of the province of Lubuskie, Poland.

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The recently restored nineteenth century neo-classical manor house in Kursko.

Did you know?

- A large lake of over 70 hectares in sizes can be seen in Kursko.
- The church in Kursko was built in 1938. It was built to replace an early eighteenth century church, which was destroyed at the end of World War Two.

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Post boxes where mail is left for several of the houses in Kursko.

- Ruins that formed part of the impressive Miedzyrzecki Fortified Region (ostwall) dating back to 1934-1945 can be seen in and around Kursko. This part of the pre-war German fortification system, known as Schill, consists of several bunkers, a swingbridge over a canal, a machine gun position and a railway bridge complete with inscriptions including names and dates in German from the war years.

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‘Osada Kursko’ – the centre of thirteenth century settlement in Kursko.

Related content: Information on and photographs of the nearby village of Chycina (former: Weissensee).

Rogasen / Rogoźno

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An old German-era lithographic postcard from Rogasen / Rogoźna, c.1899.

Rogoźno is a small town in the province of Wielkopolskie (Wielkopolska) in western Poland. It is located around 40 kilometers north north east of the city of Poznan.

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A photograph of part of the Old Market Square In Rogasen / Rogoźno Wielkopolskie, c.1911.

You might not know:

- Rogoźno is probably best known for the murder of King Przemysł II of Poland, which is said to have occurred in or near the town in 1296.
- Rogoźno was called Rogasen and part of Germany prior to 1919.
- Rogoźno was occupied by Germany during the Second World War and renamed Rogasen as part of the Warthegau / Wartheland.

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The railway station in Rogozna Wlkp, c.1922.

- The word Rogoźno derives from the folk name for bullrushes.
- Rogoźno is located on the River Welna, a tributary of the River Warta.
- The current population of Rogoźno is just over 11,000.

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The Town Hall on Adolf Hitler Platz in Rogasen / Warthegau during the German occupation, c.1941.

Stary Dworek

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A traditional wooden carving close to the River Obra in Stary Dworek.

Images of and information on the village of Stary Dworek, near Skwierzyna, in Poland.

Children fishing in the River Obra in Stary Dworek.

Children fishing for tiddlers in the River Obra in Stary Dworek in Lubuskie, Poland.

Some things that not everyone will know about Stary Dworek:
- Prior to the end of the second World War, Stary Dworek was called Althoefchen and part of Germany.
- The name Stary Dworek means ‘Old Manor House’.
- The population of Stary Dworek currently numbers around 240.
- The baroque style Church of St. Joseph in Stary Dworek dates back to 1776.
- The ruins of an eighteenth century manor house and distillery survive.
- The ruins of part of the Międzyrzecz Fortified Region, can still be seen in Stary Dworek.
- The River Obra in Stary Dworek is well-loved by canoeists and kayakers in Poland.

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What remains of the old manor house in Stary Dworek, Lubuskie, western Poland.

Related content: old picture postcard images of Althoefchen / Stary Dworek.

Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec

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An old lithographic picture postcard featuring views of Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec, c.1899.

Three scans from our collection of pre-war images of the town of Wągrowiec (former: Wongrowitz), Wielkopolskie, Poland.

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A vintage postcard of ulica Szeroka in Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec, Wielkopolskie, c.1919.

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A photograph of Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec as it looked under German occupation during World War II.

Don’t miss our page on Communist-era Wągrowiec. Pictures and information!



A photograph of pl. Wolności in Czarnków, north of Poznan, c.1960.

A selection of post-war images of Czarnków (former: Czarnikau) in the province of Wielkopolskie, Poland.

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The rather impressive Red Army monument in Czarnkow, c.1974.

Did you know that:
– the renowned artist Waclaw Taranczewski was born in Czarnków in 1903.

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A ground level look at cars parked on plac Wolnosci in Czarnkow, Wielkopolskie, c.1974.

See also: Information on and images of pre-war Czarnkow / Czarnikau.