Three pictures of Gdynia during the inter-war period 1919 to 1939.
Three pre-1918 photographs of Gdynia, then called Gdingen, in Pomerania / West Prussia.
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.
See a selection of pictures of Old Gdynia (1919 – 1939).
Three photographs of Gotenhafen (Gdynia) during the German occupation 1939-1945.
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.
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.
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.
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!