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.
Rogi is a tiny hamlet in the middle of the forest, approximately eight kilometres north of the small town of Lubniewice, in Lubuskie, Poland. At the most recent count less than fifty people were officially registered as living there.
The settlement in Rogi is very much centred around the manor house built between 1906 and 1913 by the Von Waldow family. Unlike many similar mansions, it survives to this day in pretty much the same condition as it was before 1945, when what was at that time part of the state of Brandenburg, Germany, became part of Poland. After the war it was nationalised and served numerous purposes, including periods as a holiday resort, a home for handicapped children, and as an education centre. However, who owns the property now is unfortunately unclear, as access is currently impossible due to the recent erection of large fence around the grounds and the presence of guard dogs. As with many such properties, it may have been sold to a private individual.
Related content: Images and information on the nearby city of Gorzów Wlkp.
Here we present a sample of the pre-war images we have in our picture archive the village of Dankow, former Tankow, in the Strzelce Krajeńskie (Friedeberg) / Gorzów (Landsberg Warthe) area of the province of Lubuskie in the far west of Poland.
Some interesting historical facts concerning Danków:
- A fortified castle from the 8th century once stood in Danków.
- The neo-Gothic English-style manor house, which once stood in Dankow, was built in 1830 by the von Brand family.
- Gustav Erdmann Camillus von Brand who died in 1857 was buried in a specially constructed mausoleum in the grounds. The crypt survives in a somewhat ruined condition to this day.
- Before the end of the Second World War the estate was owned by Richard von Alvensleben and his wife.
- Richard von Alvensleben was away fighting with the German army during much of the war.
- His wife, Cora von Alvensleben, committed suicide in the manor house on the 29th January 1945 just before or just after Soviet troops arrived in Danków.
- The manor house was plundered of an extensive collection of 17th century paintings and suffered extensive damage after being set on fire by Soviet soldiers in late January / early February 1945. It no longer exists.
- The grounds of the manor house extended to some 15 hectares and included an orangery, ice house, dovecote, and many native and foreign trees, including fine examples of monumental linden and oak. Much of this can still be seen.
- The brick-built neo-Gothic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus dates back to 1840.
Related post: Old images and information on the nearby town of Barlinek (Berlinchen).
An interactive map of the Gorzow and Losno area of Poland. Łośno is approximately 13 km north-north-east of Gorzów Wlkp.
Good to know: Until 1945, Losno was called Lotzen and part of Brandenburg (Neumark), Germany.
A selection of photographs taken on a rainy day visit this week to the former manor house (schloss / pałac) and now absolutely splendid hotel, spa, and conference centre in Mierzęcin.
An interactive map of the Mierzęcin area of the province of Lubuskie, western Poland.
See also: Pre-war images and something of the history of Mierzęcin (formerly: Mehrenthin).
Offsite link: The Mierzęcin Wellness and Wine Resort.
Ownice (former: Oegnitz) is a small village with a population of around 295 in the county of Sulecin (Zielenzig) in the province of Lubuskie, western Poland.
Interesting little-known facts about Ownice:
- The church was built in 1867 and originally Protestant.
- Ownice is located around six kilometres south-east of Słońsk (Sonnenberg).
- Until 1945, Ownice was called Oegnitz / Ognitz and part of Ostbrandenburg, Germany.
- Soviet troops entered and took control of Ownice on the 3rd February 1945.
Rudnica (former: Hammer) is a village in the province of Lubuskie in the west of Poland.
Some things you may not know about Rudnica:
- Until 1945 Rudnica was called Hammer and part of Germany.
- At the last official count 375 people lived in Rudnica.
- Rudnica is located in the Krzeszyce gmina (district) of Sulecin county.
- A railway line once connected Rudnica to Sulecin and Gorzow. It closed in the 1990s.
- It is located approximately 14 kilometres south-west of the city of Gorzów Wielkopolski.
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Jawor (former: Jauer) is a town with a population of around 24,000 in the province of Lower Silesia (Dolnośląskie) in south-west Poland. Here is some interesting information related to the town and a selection of images of Jawor through time. These images date from the late 19th century up to the present day.
Selected trivia related to Jawor:
- In 1940 approximately 13,000 people lived in the town.
- Prior to 1945 Jawor was called Jauer and part of Germany.
- The name Jawor is Polish for ‘sycamore’.
Useful to know:
- Jawor is located approximately 60 kilometres (38 miles) west of the regional capital, Wrocław.
- The postcode for Jawor is 59-400. All cars registered here have number plates beginning with the letters DJA.
- Since 2001 Jawor has been a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Notable persons from Jawor include:
- Christoff Rudolff (1499-1545), author of the one of the first textbooks on algebra.
- The German archeologist, Gerhard Bersu (1889-1964).
Things to see in Jawor include:
- The historic town centre with many buildings dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
- The 13th century castle and what remains of the 14th century town walls.
- The former Jewish cemetery.
- The regional museum located in the former Bernardine monastery, which includes a gallery of Silesian Sacred Art, including both sculpture and paintings.
- View an interactive map of Jawor (opens in new window).
Volcanoes can be classified as active, dormant or extinct. There are no active or dormant volcanoes in Poland. But there are three extinct volcanoes. They are Ostrzyca located north of Jelenia Gora; Grodczyn near Duszninki; and Wilcza Góra near Zlotoryja. However, there really is no reason to be concerned, the most recent of these to erupt was Ostrzyca around four million years ago!