Category Archives: Polish


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.

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.



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.

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A photograph of the manor house (schloss) in Rogi (former: Sophienwalde), c.1933.

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.

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An information board about the ‘snake woman’ legend in Rogi in Poland.

Related content: Images and information on the nearby city of Gorzów Wlkp.

Dankow / Tankow

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A horse and carriage and villagers outside the village store and post office in Danków (Tankow), c.1907.

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.

The main street through Danków (Tankow) with the church in the background, c.1918.

The main street through Danków (Tankow) with the church in the background, c.1911.

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.

An undated photograph of the manor house (schloss / pałac) in Danków (Tankow) in the early years of the 20th century.

An undated photograph of the manor house (schloss / pałac) in Danków (Tankow) in the early 1900s.

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An old picture postcard featuring four different views of Danków (Tankow) in what was then Brandenburg, c.1911.

A photograph of a German monument in Dankow inscribed with the dates 1933 - 1934.

A photograph of a German monument in Dankow inscribed with the dates 1933 – 1934.

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An archive image of the manor house (schloss) and grounds in Dankow (Tankow), c.1939.

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The Von Brand mausoleum in the grounds of the manor house, c.1939.

Related post: Old images and information on the nearby town of Barlinek (Berlinchen).


Radomsko Noworadomsk

People gathered in the main market square of Radomsko (Noworadomsk). c.1907.

A selection of archive images of the town of Radomsko, near Lodz, central Poland.

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The Church of St Lambert and town hall in Plac 3 Maja in Radomsko, near Lodz. c.1924.

Selected trivia and facts concerning Radomsko:

- The 18th century Church of St. Mary Magdalene is constructed of wood and brick.
- Radomsko was attacked and occupied by German forces on the 3rd September 1939.
- Radomsko has its own railway station and direct rail links with Warsaw, Lodz, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Częstochowa, Katowice, Wroclaw, Opole, Krakow, Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin, Koszalin, Bielsko-Biala.
- The present-day population of Radomsko is around 40,000. Around 1,000 of those are fairly recent immigrants from Ukraine.
- Radomsko has an interesting open air museum consisting of 50 stone slabs embedded in the pavements. These indicate things like the location of religious and secular buildings (prayer houses, synagogues, schools, establishments) related to the Jewish community living in Radomsko before the Second World War.

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Street sellers on ulica Przedborska in the centre of Radomsko, Poland, c.1939.


Losno lotzen

The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul and school in Losno (former Lotzen), c. 1912.

Łośno is a village with a population of around 450 situated within the administrative district of Kłodawa, near Gorzów, in Lubuskie, western Poland.

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.


mierzecin palac

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.

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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.

Oegnitz / Ownice

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A beautiful old lithographic picture postcard of the mill, church and main street in Ownice (Ognitz), c.1899.

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.

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Four views of Ownice / Oegnitz Nm on a picture postcard dating back to the early 1920s.

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.

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An old picture postcard of pre-war Ownice (Oegnitz Nm). Posted to Landsberg an der Warthe in 1933.

See also:
- Information on and pictures and maps of the nearby villages of Chartów (former: Gartow) and Lemierzyce (Limmritz)

Hammer / Rudnica

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Various scenes of Rudnica (Hammer) on a old litho picture postcard dating back to 1898.

Rudnica (former: Hammer) is a village in the province of Lubuskie in the west of Poland.

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Four pictures of Rudnica, including the railway station, in Rudnica (Hammer), c.1929.

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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An old postcard of Rudnica (Hammer) featuring the church, shop, mill, and school and in Rudnica (Hammer), c.1933.

Related content on Polish Poland:

- Information on the nearby village of Kołczyn and towns of Sulecin and Lubniewice.