Tag Archives: Gdynia

Gdingen Gdynia Gotenhafen Gdynia

Three pre-1918 photographs of Gdynia, then called Gdingen, in Pomerania / West Prussia.

Gdingen Gdynia Gotenhafen

An old picture postcard of Gdingen (Gdynia), Pomerania. This postcard posted to Stettin in 1906.

Like many locations in present-day Poland, Gdingen / Gdynia, has a varied history in terms of names.

Up to the end of the First World War - Gdingen

The interwar period – 1919 to 1939 – Gdynia

1939 to 1945 – Gotenhafen

1945 to present day – Gdynia.

Gdingen Gdynia

A picture postcard of a restaurant and guest house in Gdingen (Gdynia) in 1917.

See a selection of pictures of Old Gdynia (1919 – 1939).

Gdynia Gdingen

Boats and the beach in Gdingen, West Prussia, c.1910.

See also pictures of inter-war Gdynia (1919 – 1939) and three photographs of Gdynia during its Gotenhafen stage (1939 – 1945).

Gotenhofen / Gdynia

Three photographs of Gotenhafen (Gdynia) during the German occupation 1939-1945.

Gotenhafen Adolf Hitler Street Gdynia

A photograph of Adolf Hitler Street in Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in 1941. Click on image to enlarge.

Gotenhafen Gdynia Poland

A private photograph of German soldiers on the streets of Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in 1942.

Gdingen into Gdynia into Gofenhafen into Gdynia

Until the end of the Second World War Gotenhafen was named Gdingen and was a popular tourist spot with several guest houses, restaurants, cafes, several houses and a small harbour with a pier. Then following the Treaty of Versailles Gdingen was renamed Gdynia and along with other parts of former West Prussia, became a part of the new Republic of Poland. Then again at the start of World War Two, Gdynia was occupied in September 1939 by German troops and renamed Gotenhafen – after the Goths, an ancient Germanic tribe, who had once lived in the area.

See also: pictures from the Polish Poland archive of inter-war Gydnia.

Gotenhafen Gdynia

A picture postcard of the bus station in Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in 1942.

Gdynia today

Gdynia (German: Gdingen / Gotenhafen 1939-1945) is a city in Kashubia in Eastern Pomerania of Poland and an important seaport in Gdansk Bay on the Baltic Sea. Gdynia is part of Tricity (Trójmiasto), the conurbation of Sopot, Gdańsk and Gdynia. The combined city has a population of over a million people.

Wild Boar

Wild Boar Gdynia

A family of Wild Boar being fed by a householder in the Gdynia area of northern Poland.

Although, Wild Boar are considered a pest by many Poles they play an important role in forest ecosystems and the wider countryside in Poland. In search of food scrape Boar away the top layers of the soil, ripping it and mixing with litter. Wild Boar feed on carrion, rodents and insect larvae and pupae, including many forest pests, thus helping to restore the ecological balance between the world of insects and trees. They eat diseased mammals and birds, thereby reducing the transmission of diseases. However, Boar cause a lot of damage to agricultural crops, especially root crops (potato, beetroot, turnips and carrots), cereal and beans. As can be seen in these two pictures they can also be found in urban areas often eating rubbish left by residents, upsetting bins, damaging gardens, and causing much mayhem. The number of Wild Boar in Poland are kept to manageable levels by licensed hunters who shoot them for meat. All the same, there are still believed to be in excess of 300,000 Wild Boar living in Poland.

Due to the risk of contracting Trichinosis, a severe parasitic disease, wild boar meat has to be subjected to veterinary examination prior to consumption.

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Wild Boar wandering down a village street near Poznan, Poland.

Related content on Polish Poland:

A photograph of a Wild Boar footprint in the snow.

See also our page on the Dzik (Wild Boar) military vehicle.

Details of the wild boar safaris we run in the west of Poland!