Lauban / Lubań

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A very early image of shops and shoppers in the Rynek (Market) area of Lauban / Luban, Lower Silesia.

Information on and a selection of old images of Lubań (Lauban), Lower Silesia, south-west Poland.


A grainy image of a steam train in Lauban / Luban in the early years of the twentieth century.

A picture postcard view of plac 3 Maja in Lauban / Luban, Silesia, c.1941.

A picture postcard view of Plac 3 Maja, then Friedrich Wilhelm Platz, in Lauban / Luban, Silesia, c.1941.

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A photograph of the centre of Lubań in Lower Silesia, Poland, in the late 1960s. Note the Hillman Imp car.


Another photograph of central Lubań, Lower Silesia, Poland. This photo was taken in 1975.

A few things you may not know about Lubań:
- Until 1945 Lubań was called Lauban and part of Germany.
- Karl Hanke, Gruppenführer SS, and personal secretary of Joseph Goebbels was born in Lauban / Luban.
- Around 60% of Lauban / Luban was destroyed in the fighting between German defensive forces and the Red Army in February and March 1945.
- Trains from Lubań connect it with cities like Görlitz, Jelenia Gora, Węgliniec, Wroclaw and Zielona Góra.
- Lubań is approximately 25 kilometres east of Zgorzelec and 45 kilometres north-west of Jelenia Gora.
- The present-day population of the town of Lubań is just over 22,000.

Related content on Polish Poland: Old images of the nearby city of Jelenia Gora.

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