This week we are putting online three digital scans from our collection of old images of Poland. All the old picture postcards are of town of Namysłów (former Namslau) in Upper Silesia before World War Two. All focus on the area around the Haselbach Brauerei / Haselbach Brewery in the centre of the town.
A low resolution scan of a newly acquired glass negative of Jews and Poles trading and shopping at a very busy market in Warsaw, c.1895.
Come back soon to see more of Poland, past and present!
Weird news from Poland
A media campaign led by members of the Catholic Church is underway to persuade the manufacturer ‘Frito Lay Poland’ to discontinue production of the ‘Cheetos Demony’ range of snacks. Objectors to the devil, vampire and skeleton shaped potato corn puffs believe that the snacks may “lead to those consuming them believing that such beings are nice”, and that it is “unacceptable that children might have daily contact with the names of evil spirits”.
Three images from our collection of old photographs and picture postcards of the town of Znin in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (Province).
Three interesting facts about Znin:
- The name Znin is spelt Żnin in Polish, which drives from the word ‘żnieja’, meaning harvest.
- Znin was renamed Dietfurt after the German invasion in 1939 and became a part of the Wartheland.
- Znin has a simply splendid narrow gauge railway and there is an equally interesting railway museum in nearby Wenecja.
Our recipe for traditional Polish Cauliflower Bake.
Ingredients for Cauliflower bake:
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 tablespoons ground mustard
ground black pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
200 grams mature cheddar cheese (grated)
2 tomatoes (sliced)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter
paprika (to taste)
1. Boil cauliflower until just tender.
2. Mix together onion, ground mustard, black pepper, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
3. Add this mixture to the cooked cauliflower and stir in.
4. Place this in a baking dish.
5. Slice tomatoes and place over the top of cauliflower mixture.
6. Melt the butter in a pan. Add bread crumbs to this and stir in.
7. Sprinkle bread crumbs and butter mix on top of the cauliflower mixture. Sprinkle on some paprika.
8. Bake in a preheated oven at 200c for 30 minutes.
1/2 cup of dry goods (breadcrumbs and the like) is approximately equal to 65 grams or 2.25 oz. Whereas, 1/2 cup of soured cream is roughly 170 grams or 6 oz.
Did you know that, Esperanto, the world’s most successful constructed language was invented / created by Ludwik Lazarus Zamenhof, a Polish Jew?
Zamenhof was born in 1859 in the town of Białystok in Poland and created Esperanto while still in school. The inspiration behind his creation was his fascination with the idea of a world without war. He believed that this could happen with the help of a new international auxiliary language such as Esperanto. Zamenhof died in 1917 and is buried at Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw, Poland.
It is believed that between 100,000 and 900,000 people actively speak Esperanto globally.
Offsite link: Further information on the Esperanto language.
Wesołych Świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!