Monthly Archives: November 2012

Jan Matejko

Three rather splendid paintings by the much-loved Polish artist, Jacek Malczewski. Click on any image to enlarge.

Matejko Battle of Grunwald

Jan Matejko’s painting, Battle of Grunwald. Painted in 1878 and currently on display at the Museum of Warsaw.

Jan Matejko (1838–1893) was a Polish painter known for paintings of notable historical Polish political and military events. His works include large oil on canvas paintings such as Astronomer Copernicus, Union of Lublin, the Battle of Grunwald, and murals in St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow. If you ask any Pole to name their favourite Polish artist most will put Jan Matejko at the top of their list.

Jan Matejko Christianity Poland

The superb painting ‘The bringing of Christianity to Poland’ by Jan Matejko. Painted in 1888 and currently on display in Warsaw.

Jan Matejko Poznan

Jan Matejko’s oil painting ‘The Founding of the Lubranski Academy in Poznan’. Painted in 1886.

Related page on Polish Poland: a list of great Polish artists (painters).

Bentschen / Zbaszyn

Four pre-war picture postcards of Bentschen (Zbąszyń). Click on any image to enlarge.

Bentschen Zbąszyń

A wonderful lithograph postcard from 1899 of Bentschen, Germany. Since 1918, Zbąszyń, Poland.

Bentschen in to Zbaszyn

At the end of the First World War, and following on from decisions made in the Treaty of Versailles, Bentschen was transferred from Germany to the newly recreated Poland and renamed Zbaszyn.

bentschen Zbaszyn

A photographic postcard of the twon of Bentschen (Zbaszyn) as it looked in 1910.

Zbaszyn in the 1930s

Zbaszyn was in the 1930s located right on the German/Polish border and in October 1938 became briefly of some international significance when both Germany and Poland had begun to restrict the rights of Jews. Firstly, Poland brought in a law removing the Polish citizenship of all Jews living outside the country. In response, Germany started to expel Jews who did not hold German citizenship and who had originally hailed from Poland. This was the first mass deportation of Jews by Nazi Germany. As a result many thousand Polish Jews who had been living inside Germany arrived by train in Zbaszyn where the Polish authorities held all who did not have valid Polish passports.

bentschen railway station

The railway station in Bentschen (Zbaszyn) before the First World War on an old picture postcard.

Bentschen Obra Zbaszyn

A photograph of the bridge over the River Obra in Bentschen (Zbaszyn), c.1911.

Zbaszyn today

Zbąszyń is a small town with a population of just over 7,000. It is located in the Wielkopolska Voivodeship of Poland.

Related webpage on Polish Poland: Neu Bentschen / Zbąszynek in old pictures.

Lech Walesa

Walesa Poland

A special stamp issued in Guinea commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Solidarity movement in Poland.

Lech Wałęsa is a Polish politician, trade-union organizer and human-rights activist. He co-founded Solidarity / Solidarność, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995.

Lech walesa

A pair of postage stamps issued by the Polish Post Office in 1990 to commemorate Walesa’s Nobel Prize.

“I belong to the generation of workers who, born in the villages and hamlets of rural Poland, had the opportunity to acquire education and find employment in industry, becoming in the course conscious of their rights and importance in society”. Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa is the son of a peasant farmer and until getting in to politics, worked as a car mechanic and was an electrician at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk. He has eight children!

Doellensradung / Nowiny Wielkie

Nowiny Wielkie Döllensradung

An old postcard of the forest house (forsthaus) in Nowiny Wielkie / Döllensradung, c.1907.

A sample selection of archive images of the village of Nowiny Wielkie (former: Doellensradung), near Gorzów, in Lubuskie, western Poland.

doellens radung polska

The railway station, Horstberg, and church in Nowiny Wielkie / Dollens Radung, c.1937.

doellens-radung nowiny wielkie

An old picture postcard of Nowiny Wielkie / Doellensradung, in Lubuskie, former Brandenburg, c.1939.

Related content on Polish Poland:
- Photographs of the village of Nowiny Wielkie as it looks today.
- Old images of the nearby village of Swierkocin (Fichtwerder).

Vietz / Witnica

Vietz neumark witnica

An animated picture postcard of Cuestrin Street, Vietz / Witnica, c.1905.

Three old pictures of pre-war, Vietz, East Brandenburg, since 1945, Witnica, Lubuskie, Poland.

vietz windmill witnica

A photograph of one of two windmills that existed in Vietz (Witnica) in the 1930s.

vietz witnica

A superb aerial photograph featuring the church and centre of Vietz / witnica in the 1930s. Click on image to enlarge and see lots of great detail.