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Lwow Poland

Lwow Lemberg Poland

An animated late 1910s street-scene of Lwow, Galia, Poland. Click to enlarge image.

Three old picture postcards of Lwow (Lemberg), Galicia, Poland.

Lwow Poland Ukraine

An old picture postcard of Plac Maryacki in Lwow, Poland in the early 1920s. Click image to enlarge.

Lwow (Lviv in Ukrainian / Lemberg in German) is a city in what is now western Ukraine and at one time the capital of Lwów Voivodeship during the Second Polish Republic. With the joint German–Soviet Invasion of Poland at the start of the Second World War, the city of Lwów and its province were annexed by the Soviet Union and became part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1939 to 1941. Between July 1941 and July 1944 Lwów was under German occupation, and was located in the General Government. In July 1944 it was captured by the Soviet Red Army. At the end of the war, Lwów became part of Ukraine, and many of the Poles living in Lwow relocated to the areas (Silesia, East Brandenburg, Pomerania) newly acquired from Germany under the terms of the Potsdam Agreement.

Lwow Ukraine Poland

A photo of the Museum Przemyslowe in Lwow, Poland, c.1919. Click to enlarge picture.

Przemysl Poland

Przemyśl Przemysl

A picture of refugees in Przemysl in 1915.

Przemyśl is a city located on the San River, in the Lvov district, Galicia, in south-eastern Poland with approximately 65,000 inhabitants.

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Here are three pictures of pre-war Krzemieniec, Poland, since 1945, Kremenets, western Ukraine. Click on any of the images to enlarge and see more detail.

A photograph of the castle on Bona Mount, Krzemieniec, Poland, c.1930.

A photograph of the castle on Bona Mount, Krzemieniec, Poland, c.1930.


The legend surrounding Queen Bona’s quest for eternal youth and Krzemieniec illustrated on an old Polish postcard.

Krzemieniec Poland Polska

An old picture postcard complete with polish postage stamps of Góra Bony, Krzemieniec, Poland, c.1920.

Krzemieniec, and more specifically the castle, has much folklore connected with it. These legends are mostly connected with the Polish king Sigismund the First’s wife, Bona Sforza. Some of these stories involve Queen Bona Sforza’s quest for eternal youth and her showering or bathing in the blood of innocent virgins. Another legend tells of a rope bridge built out of female braids of hair, which the princess/queen used to enter and leave the castle. Yet another story involves Bona hiding in a well in under the palace, leaving only at Easter on a broomstick, holding in her mouth a key for her secret treasury full of gold!

Lwow / Lemberg / Lviv

Here are three pictures of pre-war Lwow, Poland. Click on any image to enlarge and see more detail.

lwow rynek polska

A picture postcard of the market place area of Lwow, c.1921.

Lwow Poland

The theatre and square in Lwow / Lemberg in 1912.

Lwow Lemberg

A picture postcard of ulica Sykstuska, Lwow, Poland, c.1918.

Lwów (Lviv / Lemberg) was a city in Poland, until 1945, when it was renamed Lviv and became part of western Ukraine. It was once the capital of the historical region of Galicia. The population of Ukrainian Lviv is current around 729,000.

Inhabitants of Galicia 1915

Inhabitants of Galicia POland

A photograph titled ‘Inhabitants of Galicia’ taken by a German photographer in 1915.

Galicia (Polish: Galicja) is a historical and geographic region in Central Europe, once a small kingdom, that currently straddles the border between Poland and Ukraine. Galicia was the largest, most populous, and northernmost province of the Austrian Empire until the end of World War I in 1918, when it ceased to exist as a geographic entity.

Old Przemyslany

Two pictures of Przemyslany, Poland, before 1918. In 1945, Przemyślany, was renamed Peremyschljany, and became part of Ukraine.


An old photograph of Jews and Poles in the main square of Przemyślany, Poland, c.1910.

Przemyślany poland

A photograph of Przemyślany, Poland, during World War One.

Przemyślany (Peremyshliany) is a town in Ukraine on the Gnila Lipa River, south-east of the city of Lwów (Lviv). Prior to 1945, Przemyślany was part of Galicia, Poland.