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Krosno Odrzanskie

Krosno Odrzanskie

The central square area of Krosno Odrzańskie as seen from the air, c.1989.

Three images of the Polish town of Krosno Odrzańskie as it looked in the late 1980s.

Krosno Odrzańskie

An old image of the centre of the town of Krosno Odrzańskie, Poland, c.1989.

Prior to the end of World War two Krosno Odrzanskie was named Crossen Oder and part of Brandenburg, Germany.

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An aerial photograph of Krosno Odrzańskie, c.1989.

Krosno Odrzańskie is located in the province of Lubuskie in western Poland.

- Old images of Crossen / Krosno during the war.
- More photographs of Krosno during the Communist period.

Synagogue Conversion

A former Synagogue transformed in to a Chinese Shop

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Three photographs of what was the pre-war synagogue for the town of Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz) in Lubuskie, western Poland. It has recently been transformed into a Chinski Sklep (a shop selling all manner of cheap imports from China).

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A closeup of the exterior of the former Synagogue, now the ‘Wielki Chinski Sklep’.

The synagogue in Miedzyrzecz was built between 1825 and 1827, on the site of an earlier synagogue, and served the Jewish population of the town. It went out of use as a place of worship around 1940 and was used as a storeroom until the end of the war. In 1945 the building was nationalized and used for a variety of uses before falling in to a state of disrepair. In the 1990s there was some extended discussion of the building being used as a Jewish museum but unfortunately this never materialised. It was sold to a private entrepreneur about ten years ago. Following which it was extensively renovated with the aim of using the space for office or retail purposes. It is now in use as a Chinese Shop selling everything from clothing to toys.

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The only visible sign that this was once a place of worship for the Jewish population of Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz.

See also: Pre-war images of the Synagogue in Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz.

Wild Bison

News from Poland

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A Bison has been spotted in a forest clearing in Różanki, near Gorzów, in the western province of Lubuskie. Young male Bison are expelled from their herd and often wander over long distances in search of a new home. This one is believed to have wandered along the River Warta on his travels. Although there are believed to be more than 1,300 Bison in Poland it is unusual to find Bison quite so far west. The largest herd can be found in the Bialowieza Primeval forest on the border between the eastern Polish province of Podlaskie and Belarus.

Three facts relating to Bison:
- The Polish word for a Bison is Żubr.
- All Bison in the Białowieża Forest were the property of the Polish kings until the third partition of Poland.
- The European bison is the heaviest surviving wild land animal in Europe.

Related content: Wolves in Poland.

Jewish Cemetery

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Three photographs of a little-known Jewish cemetery in Lubuskie, western Poland.

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This somewhat neglected Jewish cemetery is located high on a hill overlooking the small town of Skwierzyna in the west of Poland. It contains more than two hundred graves with the earliest we could identify dating back to 1747. Most headstones are made of Sandstone. Many have unfortunately suffered damage since the cemetery went out of use before the Second World War.

Although, now very much a part of Poland this location was part of Germany until 1945 and the town named Schwerin an der Warthe.

Related content: more about Skwierzyna.

White Storks Nest

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A white storks nest in the village of Santok, near Gorzów, Lubuskie, western Poland.

Two photographs of White Storks nesting. Both pictures snapped from the car on a shopping trip to a nearby large Tesco supermarket this afternoon. Location: Lubuskie, Poland!

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In this part of Poland most White Storks generally build their large nests from sticks high up on on purpose-built man-made platforms. Several other bird species can often be seen nesting within the large nests of the white stork. With house sparrows and starlings probably the most common birds we’ve seen sharing White Stork’s nests.

Most of the nests we drove past today were empty as many of the White Storks in these parts are just beginning their migration south for the winter. In a week or so most storks will have left Poland for sub-Saharan Africa and won’t return to Poland again until the beginning of April.

Gorzów in the 1980s

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Three old pictures of the western city of Gorzów Wielkopolski in the communist 1980s.

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The central Chrobrego and Sikorskiego area of Gorzów Wielkopolski, c.1982. Largely traffic-free compared to today!

Prior to the end of the Second World War, the city was called Landsberg an der Warthe; then after becoming part of Poland in 1945 renamed Kobylagóra; changed to Gorzów nad Wartą shortly afterwards; and then once again changed to the present-day name of Gorzów Wielkopolski in November 1946.

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Late communist-era apartment blocks in the ‘Sloneczna’ part of Gorzów Wlkp., c.1982.

According to its most recent census the city of Gorzów had a population of just over 124,000. This places Gorzów Wlkp as the 27th largest city in Poland.

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Four picture postcard images of Ziemia Gorzowska (Gorzow Land), c.1989. Gorzów, Lubniewice, Skwierzyna, Miedzyrzecz.

Random things you may not know about Gorzów:

- During the communist-era Gorzów was home to three major industrial plants – an Ursus tractor factory, the Silwana textile factory, and ZWCH Stilton producing polyamide fibres. The first two companies have closed in recent years and the latter is greatly reduced in size.
- Gorzow Wielkopolski is like Rome in that it is situated on seven hills!
- Gorzów has its own speedway stadium and team ‘KS Stal’ in the Polish ‘Extraliga’.
- There are five railway stations within the city – Gorzow, Karnin, Wieprzyce, Zamoście, and Zieleniec.

Related content on Polish Poland:

1960s Gorzow
1970s Gorzow
Present-day Gorzów

Napoleon in Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz

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The French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, stopped off and stayed overnight in the town of Meseritz (now Miedzyrzecz) while travelling from Berlin to Posen (Poznan) and then on to Warsaw on 26th November 1806. He stayed at a house owned by a cloth merchant named Johann Jacob Volmer. The house in which he stayed was located close to the town hall in the market square and was long known as ‘Napoleon’s House’ (Napoleonhaus). Unfortunately, for reasons unknown the house was demolished after the Second World War.

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Legend has it that a failed assassination attempt on Napoleon took place while he was in the town!

Related content on Polish Poland: More old images of Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz).

Gurkow / Gorki

Three old images from our picture archive of Górki, Lubuskie, Poland. These photographs were all taken before the First World War when Górki Noteckie was part of Germany and named Gurkow.

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A 1912 photograph of the main street through Gurkow in former Neumark, now Górki, Lubuskie, Poland.

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An old photograph of children in a boat on the River Pełcz in Górki / Gurkow in 1912.

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The church in Gurkow / Gorki and children paddling in the stream opposite in 1912. Click to enlarge image.

Górki Noteckie is a village on the River Pełcz in the Lubuskie province of western Poland.

Related content on Polish Poland: Old images of the nearby village of Zdroisko / Zentzthal

Nowa Sól

Communist-era Nowa Sól

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Barges in the port area on the river Oder / Odra in Nowa Sól, c.1966.

A selection of archive images of Nowa Sól (former Neusalz Oder) in Lubuskie, western Poland.

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Wyzwolenia Street in Nowa Sol. Lubuskie, Poland, c.1966,

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Shops and apartments on Zjednoczenia Street in Nowa Sol, Poland, c.1968.

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Plac Wyzwolenia. Nowa Sol, Poland, c.1974.

Nowa Sol is located on the Odra / Oder River and has a population of around 40,000.

Nowiny Wielkie

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A village shop in Nowiny Wielkie. Advertisements outside include Tatra beer and the Stal Gorzow speedway team.

Three photographs taken on a wander around the village of Nowiny Wielkie, near Gorzów Wlkp., in the province of Lubuskie, Poland.

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A life-size dinosaur and public seating in the centre of Nowiny Wielkie, Poland.

Nowiny Wielkie (former: Dollensradung) has a population of around 1,200 and is located in Lubuskie in western Poland.

Nowiny Weielkie railway station

A photo of the railway station in Nowiny Wielkie. This line connects Gorzów with the German border in Kostrzyn.

Nowiny Wielkie is about 17 kms south-west of the large city of Gorzów Wielkopolski and approximately 30kms from the Polish / German border.

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A map showing the location of Nowiny Wiekie relative to places like Krzeszyce, Witnica, Gorzów and Kosztryn.

Related content on Polish Poland:
- Archive images of pre-war Doellensrandung / Nowiny Wielkie.
- Pictures of the Dinosaur Park in Nowiny Wielkie.