Category Archives: Polish

Wiegelsdorf / Kiełczów

wiegersdorf Kiełczów breslau

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.

Wiegersdorf Kiełczów wroclaw

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.

Wiegersdorf kielczow

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

Heidersdorf / Łagiewniki

Lagiewniki Heidersdorf

The sugar factory, two churches, and other parts of Lagiewniki (former: Heidersdorf), c.1911.

Łagiewniki (German name: Heidersdorf) is a village in Lower Silesia, southwest Poland. It is located approximately 43 kilometres south west of the regional capital, Wroclaw.

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The railway station (bahnhof) in Lagiewniki / Heidersdorf in Lower Silesia, c.1912.

Three things you might not know about Lagiewniki

- Lagiewniki was once famouus for sugar production. A large factory opened here in 1857 but closed in the early 2000s.
- Łagiewniki was called Heidersdorf until 1945 and part of Germany.
- The population of Łagiewniki numbers around 2,700.

lagiewniki heidersdorf nimptsch

A view of Lagiewniki (Heidersdorf, kreis Nimptsch) from the church tower, c.1921.

Trebnitz / Trzebnica

Trebnitz Trzebnica

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.

Trebnitz Trzebnica

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.

Trebnitz Trzebnica

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

trebnitz trzebnica denkmal

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

Silsterwitz / Sulistrowice

Sulistrowice Gross Silsterwitz

An old picture postcard featuring four different views of Sulistrowice / Gross Silsterwitz, c.1913.

Sulistrowice (German: Gross Silsterwitz / Senkenberg) is a village in Lower Silesia, southwest Poland.

sulistrowice senkenberg

Another old picture postcard of Sulistrowice (Gross Silsterwitz / Senkenberg), c.1913.

Sulistrowice is situated 40 kilometres south west of the city of Wroclaw.

sulistrowice silsterwitz

A panoramic view of Sulistrowice (former: Silsterwitz and from 1936 Senkenberg) in Lower Silesia, c.1940.

Related page:
- Old pictures of and information on the nearby town of Sobotka (former: Zobten).

Brieg / Brzeg

Brieg Brzeg

An old photographic postcard of part of the main square in Brzeg (Brieg), c.1933.

Brzeg (former: Brieg) is a town located between Wroclaw and Opole in Lower Silesia, southwestern Poland.

Brieg Brzeg Opole

An aerial photograph of the town hall, main square, and centre of Brzeg (German: Brieg), c.1934.

Selected facts about Brzeg

- Brzeg Town Hall is considered to be one of the finest Renaissance buildings in Poland. It was built between 1569 and 1577
- The Imperial German Army Air Arm (Luftstreitkräfte) construced an important military aerodrome (Fliegerhorst) in Brieg (see image below).
- Brzeg was named Brieg until 1945 and part of Germany.

brieg fliegerhorst brzeg

A postcard featuring Nazi-era German planes and the town hall in Brzeg (Brieg). Posted to nearby Wroclaw in 1937.

More about Brzeg.

- Brzeg was declared “Festung Brieg” (Fortification Brieg) towards the end of World War Two. As a result around 60% of the town was destroyed in the fighting between the German army and the Red Army. Brzeg was finally captured on the 6th February 1945 by the Soviet army.

- After 1945, as part of the Potsdam Agreement, the German population of Brzeg was expelled to within a now smaller Germany. And the town repopulated by newly arrived Poles who came predominantly from rural parts of central Poland and areas of Poland that had been annexed by the Soviet Union.

- Brzeg is home to one of the largest confectionary companies in Poland. The company produce the well known and popular Matylda branded fudge (krówki) and other sweets such as sesame chałwa, Fructo pastilles and Mini caramel sweets.

Brieg Breslau Brzeg

An old picture postcard featuring Nazi flags flying in Brzeg (former: Brieg) in Lower Silesia, c.1940.

Wangern / Węgry

Węgry wangern

An old picture postcard featuring four different images of Węgry (Wangern), c.1910.

Węgry (German: Wangern) is a village about 25 kilometres south of Wroclaw in Lower Silesia, southwestern Poland.

wegry wangern wroclaw

Three more pictures of Wegry (former: Wangern). This time the church and railways station, c.1921.

Three things you might not know about Wegry
- Until 1945 Węgry was called Wangern and part of Germany
- The village has a railway station on the Wrocław – Międzylesie line.
- At the last census 633 people lived in Węgry.


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.

wiele kashubia

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.

Jordansmuehl / Jordanów

Jordansmuehl Jordanów

An old lithographic picture postcard of the village of Jordanów (former name: Jordansmuehl) in Lower Silesia. Mailed in 1899.

Jordanów Śląski (German name: Jordansmühl / Jordansmuehl) is a village in Lower Silesia, Poland. It is situated around 30 kilometres south of the city of Wroclaw.

Jordanow (Jordansmuhll)

Three different photographs of places in Jordanow (Jordansmuhll) near Wroclaw (Breslau) in Poland., c.1921.

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

pickled courgettes zucchinis

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.

pickled courgettes

* 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.