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Arnswalde / Choszczno

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An old picture postard of Arnswalde / Choszczno posted in 1899 to nearby Landsberg (Gorzow).

A selection of old picture postcards and photographs of Arnswalde in the Neumark as it looked before the Second World War. Since 1945, Arnswalde has been called Choszczno and been part of Poland.

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Boats and people on the lake in Arnsawlde / Choszczno, c.1905.

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The Hotel Ladisch and fountain in the centre of Arnswalde / Choszczno, c.1912.

Arnswalde Neumark into Choszczno

At the end of World War Two the inhabitants of Arnswalde, who were almost all German, either fled westwards or were expelled when Arnswalde fell to the Soviet Red Army in February 1945. Arnswalde was then handed over to Poland and renamed Choszczno

Choszczno was then repopulated by Poles who had left former Polish territories, now in Ukraine, which had been lost to Poland in the redrawing borders at the end of the Second World War.

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People posing in the middle of a traffic-free Hohentor Strasse in Arnswalde / Choszczno, c.1914.

A photograph of ulica Wolności in Choszczno, Poland. c.1974.

A photograph of ulica Wolności in Choszczno, Poland. c.1974.

Choszczno today

Choszczno (Arnswalde) is a town with a population of approximately 16,000 in the province of Western Pomeranian (Zachodniopomorskie), Poland.


Related content on Polish Poland: More information on and images of Choszczno.


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Canoes and people on the lake and promenade in Choszczno, Poland, c.1967.

Information on and a selection of images of the town of Choszczno in the west of Poland.

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Swimmers and kayakers at the lake in Choszczno, Poland, c.1974.

Some things you may not know about Choszczno:
- Choszczno was called Arnswalde until 1945 and part of Germany.
- A prisoner of war camp was established in the town during the war. It was called Oflag II B Arnswalde.
- More than 80% of the town was destroyed in the fighting and arson that followed its capture by the Soviet Red Army in February 1945.

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Shops on ulica Wolnosci in Choszczno, Poland, c.1974.

More about Choszczno:
- Choszczno has a station on the main railway line between Poznan and Szczecin.
- The present-day population of Choszczno numbers around 15,000.
- The nearest large city to Choszczno is Gorzow Wielkopolski, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) south.

An interactive map of the Choszczno area of Zachodniopomorskie, Poland.

Related: More archive images of Arnswalde / Choszczno.