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Barlinek in Zachodniopomorskie (Western Pomerania)

Barlinek berlinchen

The fountain in the middle of the Market Square in Barlinek in 1965,.

A selection of images of the small town of Barlinek in the north-west of Poland.


Another mid 1960s photograph of the main square in Barlinek, Poland.

Berlinchen in to Barlinek:
- Berlinchen, which until 1945 had been part of the German province of East Brandenburg / Neumark was renamed Barlinek at the end of the Second World War.
- On the 31st January 1945 Berlinchen / Barlinek was captured by Soviet Red Army troops of the XII Armoured Corps and as a result of the battle and deliberate arson more than half of the buildings were destroyed.
- The German inhabitants of the town were expelled after the war and replaced by Poles who, in many cases, had themselves been expelled from what is now Ukraine.

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Holidaymakers having fun in and on the lake in Barlinek, c.1974.

Some other things you may not know about Barlinek:
- The World Champion chess player Emanuel Lasker was born in Berlinchen / Barlinek in 1868.
- A railway line once connected Barlinek with Myslibórz and Choszczno. It is now closed.
- Barlinek is famous locally and throughout Poland for the wood panel flooring factory located there.
- Barlinek promotes itself as the European Capital of Nordic Walking!
- Barlinek has a population of around 14,000.
- The Omega class of the Polish Sailing Championships take place in Barlinek each year.

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A scan of a picture postcard sent to us by a friend who had a vacation in Barlinek in 1999.

Related content on Polish Poland: old pre-war images of Berlinchen / Barlinek.

Ernst Henseler

Ernst Henseler

Here are digital scans of three paintings by Ernst Henseler – a German artist who was born and brought up in Landsberg an der Warthe, now Gorzow Wielkopolskie in the west of Poland. He was active at the end of the 19th century and as many of his paintings focus on country life in what is now the Polish province of Lubuskie, as well as being of artistic merit, they are useful in the study of social history.

Ernst Henseler landsberg an der warthe

Ernst Henseler was born in the Wepritz (Wieprzyce) district of Landsberg an der Warthe (Gorzów) in former East Brandenburg. He studied at the Berlin School of Arts in 1870 and from 1871 to 1877 at the Weimar art school.

From 1881 he taught at the educational department of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin, and from 1888 onward he held a professorship at the Technical University of Berlin.

With annual summer visits throughout his long life to his birthplace in Landsberg he drew on the things he saw to paint mainly scenes of rural life. He died in 1940 at the age of 88.

Ernst henseler painting

Related: a list of great Polish artists (painters).

Wild Bison

News from Poland

zubr bison poland

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.

Gorzów in the 1980s

Gorzów Wielkopolski

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.

ziemia gorzowska

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

Nowiny Wielkie

nowiny wielkie shop

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.

nowiny wielkie

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.

Dinosaur Park

dinosaur park nowiny wielkie

Three photographs taken on a recent visit to the Dinosaur Park in Nowiny Wielkie, near Gorzow, in the province of Lubuskie in western Poland.

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The Dinosaur Park in Nowiny Wielkie offers visitors an educational walk along a wooded path meeting on the way more than sixty life-size, realistic-looking dinosaurs. The park also features a small museum on the theme, ‘Treasures of the Earth’, a souvenir gift shop, ‘Dinozaur’ bar, a large koi-carp filled pond, and a children’s playground.

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Park Dinozaurów
Leśna ścieżka edukacyjna
ul. Kolejowa 1a, Nowiny Wielkie
66-460 Witnica

The Dinosaur park is Dinosaur Park is currently open every day of the year with the exception of November 1, December 24-26, December 31 and January 1.


Six totally random photographs taken today on a wander around the large city of Gorzow in Lubuskie province of western Poland. They are neutral images, not meant to be either positive or negative. Merely a snapshot of what different parts of this interesting city looked like this afternoon.

Gorzow streetview

A Gorzow streetview – tramway, café, and street sellers selling cut flowers, mushrooms, and eggs.

Gorzow Manhatten

A rather fabulous fountain in the surburbian apartment block area of the city known as Manhatten.


Inside the simply wonderful Long Play pizza restaurant and record store in Gorzów.

gorzów music

A Gorzów music store selling anything from a simple harmonica to a top-class electric guitar.

Gorzów street

Another view of the same street in Gorzów. In the far distance is one of several high schools located in the city.

Gorzow road

The road from the centre out to the east of the city. The trams run down the middle of the road here.

Other Gorzow related pages on Polish Poland:

Old pre-war images of Landsberg Warthe / Gorzów.

Gorzów in the 1960s.

Jahnsfelde / Janczewo

Jahnsfelde Janczewo

Two images of Jahnsfelde (Janczewo) on an old picture postcard mailed in 1900 to Koenigswalde Nm (Lubniewice).

Three old pictures of Jahnsfelde, near Landsberg, East Brandenburg, since 1945, Janczewo, near Gorzow, Lubuskie, Poland.

Jahnsfelde landsberg warthe

An old picture postcard of the Florenhein guesthouse in Jahnsfelde, near Landsberg an der Warthe, c.1906.

Janczewo currently has a population of just over 1,200. The village is part of Santok district.

jahnsfelde Janczewo poland

Three photographs of the village of Jahnsfelde Neumark, now Janczewo, Poland. This postcard dates back to 1911.

Stolzenberg / Różanki

Stolzenberg Różanki

A selection of old images of pre-war Stolzenberg in what was East Brandenburg / Neumark until the end of World War Two. In 1945 Stolzenberg became part of Poland and was renamed Rozanki.

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stolzenberg nm rozanki

Różanki is a village with a population of approximately 1,100 and is located around 9 km north-east of the large city of Gorzów Wielkopolski, Lubuskie Voivodeship, in the west of Poland.

Related content on Polish Poland: Old photographs of nearby Kladow / Klodawa.