Beuthen / Bytom Through Time
An old picture postcard of the Market Square in Beuthen / Bytom Odrzański, c.1905.
Three scans of old images of the town of Bytom Odrzański (former: Beuthen), in Lubuskie, western Poland.
An old postcard of the bridge over the River Oder / Odra in Beuthen / Bytom Odrzanski, c.1941,
Three things you may not know about Bytom Odrzański:
- the area used to be something of a centre for brown coal mining.
- the German writer Jochen Klepper was born there in 1903.
- the current population of Bytom Odrzański is around 4,300.
Another view of the Market Square (Rynek) area of Bytom Odrzanski, Lubuskie, Poland, c.1961.
- Old images of the larger city of Bytom in Upper Silesia, Poland.
- Information on and archive photographs of nearby Nowa Sól.
Two different views of the same location in the south of Poland.
How the city looked as Beuthen In Silesia, Germany, in 1935, and as, Bytom, Poland, 1960.
Adolf Hitler Platz (Place) on Beuthen, Silesia, c.1935. Click image to enlarge and see all the detail.
Beuthen into Bytom
In 1945, the city of Beuthen, Germany, was transferred to Poland as a result of decisions made at the Potsdam Conference. Most of the population who hadn’t already fled westwards were expelled by the Soviet Red Army and incoming Polish authorities. The city was then renamed Bytom and populated with Poles from the eastern provinces of Poland annexed by the Soviets.
An early 1960s photograph of Plac Kosciuszki, Bytom, Poland. Larger size image available.
Bytom is a city with a population of around 180,000 and is located in Silesia in southern Poland, not far from the larger city of Katowice.
Related content on Polish Poland: Information on and images of the smaller town of Bytom Odrzański in Lubuskie, Poland.