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A lithograph of the manor house in Wilczyce (Wildschutz) near Wroclaw (Breslau), c.1890.

Wilczyce is a village on the eastern edge of the city of Wroclaw in southwest Poland.

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Four photographs of Wilczyce (former: Wildschutz) in Lower Silesia, c.1930.

Three things you might know about Wilczyce
- Wilczyce was called Wildschutz until 1945 and part of Germany.
- A magnificent manor house built at the beginning of the 18th century stood until 1945. Unfortunately it was was looted and destroyed at the end of World War II.
- At the most recent census the population of Wilczyce was recorded as 1,384.

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Four more images of Wilczyce (Wildschutz), near Wroclaw (Breslau), c.1930.

See also: the nearby village of Kiełczów (former: Gross Wiegelsdorf)

Oels / Oleśnica

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Matejki Jana (Marienstrasse) in Oleśnica (Oels), c.1939.

Four old images of the town of Oleśnica (former: Oels) in Lower Silesia (Niederschlesien) in the southwest of Poland. All photographs were taken between 1939 and 1945 when Olesnica was called Oels and part of Germany.

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An archive photograph of Ulica 3 Maja in Olesnica (Oels) in what was Schesien, sometime in late 1939.

Four things you may like to know about Olesnica
- Oleśnica is approximately 29 kms northeast of Wroclaw.
- The German composer Carl Heinrich Zöllner was born in Olesnica.
- Oleśnica is famous for its 16th century Renaissance castle.
- Olesnica currently has a population of just under 40,000.

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The central market square area of Olesnica (Oels) as it looked in early 1940.

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Cars parked outside Bahnhofshotel on Reja Mikołaja in Olesnica (Oels), c.1941.

See also: old images of the nearby towns of Oława and Trzebnica.

Ohlau / Olawa

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An old lithographic picture postcard of Olawa (former: Ohlau) in Lower Silesia, c.1899

Four more old images from our extensive picture archive of all things Polish and Poland related! Here the town of Oława, in Lower Silesia, south west Poland.

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A steam train at the small railway station (kleinbahnhof) in Olawa / Ohlau, Silesia, c.1925.

Four random facts about Oława
- Olawa (Ohlau) was once well known as a centre of tobacco-growing.
- The German explorer Hermann Eberhard was born in the town in 1852.
- Until 1945 Olawa was called Ohlau and part of Prussia, Germany.
- The population of Oława currently numbers around 32,500.

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Cars outside Daze’s Hotel in the Market Square (Rynek) in Olawa (Ohlau), Lower Silesia, c.1941.

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A bird eye view of the centre of Oława (Ohlau in Schlesien), c.1941.

Kąty Wrocławskie

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An old picture postcard from the very early years of the 20th century of Katy Wroclawskie (Canth).

The small town of Kąty Wrocławskie (former: Canth / Kanth) is located around 22 kilometres (14 miles) south-west of the city of Wrocław in Lower Silesia, Poland.

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An old picture postcard showing the Catholic Church in Katy Wroclawsie (German: Canth / Kanth), c.1927.

Some totally random facts about Kąty Wrocławskie
- Katy Wrocławskie was part of Germany and known by the name Canth or Kanth until 1945.
- A German Prisoner of War camp housing around 2,000 Russian soldiers existed in Katy from 1942 to 1945.
- Kąty was taken and occupied from defending German forces by the Red Army on February 8th 1945.
- Katy has its own railway station on the Zgorzelec to Wrocław line.

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Another picture postcard of the central square area of Katy Wroclawskie (Canth / Kanth), c.1929.

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An aerial photograph of Katy Wroclawskie (Canth), taken in 1930.

Wiegelsdorf / Kiełczów

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An old lithographic picture postcard of Kiełczów (former: Gross Wiegelsdorf) in Lower Silesia, c.1899.

Kiełczów is a village near Wrocław, in Lower Silesia, in south-western Poland.
Prior to 1945. Kielczow was called Gross Wiegelsdorf and part of Germany.

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Two photographs of Kiełczów (Gross Wiegelsdorf) near Wroclaw (Breslau) on a postcard mailed in 1929.

Three things you may not know about Kiełczów
- Kielczow is located 10 kilometres (6 miles) east of Wroclaw.
- The postcode for Kielczow is 55-093.
- The population of Kielczow currently numbers approximately 4,500.

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Four more old postcard images of Kieczow (Wiegelsdorf) near Wroclaw (Breslau). Posted in 1931 to Berlin.

Trebnitz / Trzebnica

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Workers doing their thing on the slopes of a vineyard in Trebnitz / Trzebnica, c.1910.

Four more images from our old picture archive. Today it is the turn of Trzebnica, a town about twenty kilometres north of the city of Wroclaw, in Lower Silesia, Poland.

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An old picture postcard featuring a panorama of Trebnitz / Trzebnica shortly before the end of the First World War.

Selected facts about Trzebnica:
- Trzebnica was called Trebnitz until the end of the Second World War and part of Germany.
- A railway line connects Wrocław Psie Pole with Trzebnica.
A narrow gauge railway with two stations – Trzebnica Zdrój and Trzebnica Gaj – used to operate here.
- The population of Trzebnica is around 12,000.

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Langestrasse (now: Daszyńskiego Ignacego) in Trebnitz / Trzebnica, in Lower Silesia, c.1925.

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The First World War war memorial (Denkmal) in Trebnitz / Trzebnica, c.1925.


Wiele pomorskie

Children gathered outside the church in Wiele in Pomorskie in the early years of the twentieth century.

Wiele is a village near Karsin in Pomorskie, northern Poland. It is around 22 kilometres (13 miles) south of the town of Kościerzyna.


An early 1970s photo of people headed to one of the several chapels in and around Wiele in Poland.

Three things you might know about Wiele:

- Wiele is located in the southern part of the Kashubian region of Poland.
- The current population of Wiele is 1,200. During the summer months many more people live here because of the lakes and other attractions in the area.
- Wiele is home to the Museum of Zaborland, which houses a wide variety of Kashubian folk art.

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A map showing Wiele and its position within southern Kashubia. Nearby places include: Bak, Borsk, and Odry.

Related: The Odry prehistoric stone circles are around 15 kilometres (9 Miles) south west of Wiele.

Schoenow / Sieniawa

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Four photographs of Sieniawa (Schnoenow) near Lagow, on an old picture postcard mailed in 1921.

Sieniawa (former: Schoenow NM) is a village near the town of Lagow in the province of Lubuskie in western Poland.

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The railway station, store, and main street in Sieniawa (Schoenow N.M), c.1921.

Three things you might not know about Sieniawa:

- The wooden tower of the church dates back to the early 18th century.
- Brown coal (Lignite) has been mined in the village since 1873.
- The total population was less than 1,000 at the last official count in 2010.

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The church, manor house, a shop, and park in Sieniawa (German: Schnoenow Neumark) near Lagow, c.1926.

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Four more images of Sieniawa (Schnoenow) in what is now the Polish province of Lubuskie, c.1939.

See also: old images of and information on nearby Poźrzadło (former: Spiegelberg N.M).

Pyritz / Pyrzyce

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Children gathered in the main square in Pyrzyce (Pyritz) at the end of the 19th century.

Three pre-war images from our picture archive of Pyrzyce (former: Pyritz) in the province of Zachodniopomorskie in western Poland.

Market Square and Stettiner strasse in Pyrzyce (Pyritz), c.1918.

An old photograph of Market Square and Stettiner strasse in Pyrzyce (Pyritz), c.1918.

Three things you might not know about Pyrzyce:
- Around 90% of Pyrzyce (Pyritz) was destroyed in the fighting between the German and Red Army in February 1945.
- The church of the Blessed Virgin Mary was badly damaged in 1945 and rebuilt in 1958.
- The current population of Pyrzyce is around 12,500.

Stettiner (Szczecin) strasee in the centre of Pyrzyce (Pyritz) just before the start of the Second World War.

Stettiner (Szczecin) strasee in the centre of Pyrzyce (Pyritz) just before the start of the Second World War.

Pickled Courgettes or Zucchini

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Jars of freshly pickled home-made dill pickles. Here pickled courgettes or zucchini using surplus vegetables.

One of the best ways of storing surplus vegetables is to pickle them. Pickling preserves fruit and vegetables and has long been a tradition in many families here in Poland.

Here is the recipe we use to make pickled courgettes (zucchini).

Ingredients needed:

- 1 kg courgette (zucchini), sliced
- 1 or 2 medium sized carrots
- 1 medium sized bell pepper (paprika)
- 6 garlic cloves, halved
- 10 fresh dill sprigs
- 2 or 3 tablespoons yellow or brown mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon dill seeds
- 1 teaspoon juniper berries
- 10 bay leaves

Ingredients needed to make marinade:

- 1 litre boiling hot water
- 200 ml apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons sea salt or pickling salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil


- *Sterilise jars.
- In the bottom of each jar, add 2 halved cloves of garlic, 1 or 2 bay leaves, 2 or 3 juniper berries, 2 or 3 peppercorns, a few mustard seeds.
- Slice courgettes (zucchini) and carrots into chunky rings. Place courgette slices into jars and layer tightly, adding a spring or two of dill, a few pieces of carrot and bell pepper (paprika), a bay leaf, and one or two pieces of garlic to each jar.
- Combine the marinade ingredients and stir until salt is dissolved. Carefully pour the hot liquid over the layered courgettes.
- Cover tightly with lid, turn upside down, and let the jar cool to room temperature.

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* To sterilise jars: wash the jars and lids in warm, soapy water, rinse well, then dry them with kitchen towel. Put them in a oven at 180°C for five minutes.