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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).

1980s Miedzyrzecz

Three photographs of Miedzyrzecz (Meseritz) taken in the early 1980s. Click on image to enlarge.

Miedzyrzecz 1980

The town hall and St. Adalbert’s church in Miedzyrzecz, Lubuskie, Poland, c.1980.

Miedzyrzecz 1980

Five different photographs of Miedzyrzecz, Poland, on a multiview picture postcard posted to Gorzów in 1985.

Miedzyrzecz 1982

The central square area of Miedzyrzecz, Lebus, Poland, c.1982.

Międzyrzecz (Meseritz) is a town with just under 18,000 inhabitants in the province of Lubuskie in western Poland.

Railway Station in Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz

Two pictures of the railway station in pre-war Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz). Click to enlarge.

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The railway station in Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz), former Posen / Brandenburg province, c.1905.

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An exterior pre-World War One picture of the exterior of the railway station in Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz), c.1910.

See also our page with more pictures of old Miedzyrzecz / Meseritz.


Six photographs taken on a walk around the town of Miedzyrzecz in the Lubuskie province of western Poland. These are chosen totally at random and don’t represent either the highlights or lowpoints of the town. Just a snapshot of our visit today. Come back soon for another peek at both Miedzyrzecz and Poland!

Miedzyrzecz town hall

The town hall and St Wojciech’s Church in the centre of Miedzyrzecz, Lubuskie, Poland.

Miedzyrzecz monument

Looking towards the River Obra and monument to the founding of Międzyrzecz / Meseritz, Poland.

Miedzyrzecz post office

The post office and much-used advertising pillar in Miedzyrzecz, Lebus, Poland.

Miedzyrzecz shop window

A tabby cat sitting in an ‘army surplus’ shop window in Miedzyrzecz, Lubuskie, Poland.

A row of shops with apartments above opposite the open-air market in Międzyrzecz, western Poland.

A row of shops with apartments above opposite the open-air market in Miedzyzecz, western Poland.

Miedzyrzecz diesel train

A diesel locomotive with a long freight train crossing a level crossing in Międzyrzecz, Polen.

Międzyrzecz (Meseritz) is a town in the province of Lubuskie (Lubusz) in western Poland. It is built at the confluence of the rivers Obra and Paklicą and has a population of around 18,000.

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Old images of pre-war Miedzyrzecz / Meseritz.

Ostwall / East Wall / Regenwurmlager

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A section of the underground bunker system near Blesen / Bledzew built by the Nazis in the 1930s and early 1940s.

The East Wall (Ostwall / Regenwurmlager) is an extensive underground fortification bunker system constructed by Germany between 1930 and around 1943, about 120 kms east of Berlin. Although at that time very much part of Germany, the location has, since the end of the Second World War, been part of Poland. The Ostwall was a system of underground bunkers interconnected by tunnels and corridors with a total length over 100 km, which included almost fifty above-ground firing points. Some of the tunnels are more than 70 metres deep. Long lines of anti-tank ‘dragon’s teeth’ were built and the tunnel system had its own power plant, hospital, armaments factory, barracks, and underground electric railway.

Meseritz Dragons Teeth

A section of Dragon’s Teeth near Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz in the Polish province of Lubuskie.

In 1945 it was abandoned by the German troops retreating from the advancing Soviet Red Army with little resistance. Interesting sections can still be visited between the towns of Skwierzyna (Schwerin Warthe) and Międzyrzecz (Meseritz), and a museum and visitor centre offering guided tours of part of the bunker system has been established in Kalawa. Some of the tunnels have become a shelter for more than 30,000 bats, of ten different species.

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Part of the Regenwurmlager camp near Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz), c.1937.

In the 1930s an associated military training camp (Truppenuebungsplatz) was established for the training of fortification troops and as a reserve storage and rest area near the village of Nipter (now Nietoperek) south-west of the Ostwall (Festungsfront Oder-Warthe-Bogen) defensive line.

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An entrance to the truppenuebungsplatz camp near Meseritz in former East Brandenburg. Since 1945, Miedzyrzecz, Lubuskie, Poland,

More pictures from our collection of images of pre-war Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz.

The River Obra in Meseritz

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A stem locomotive crossing the railway bridge over the Obra River in Meseritz in the early years of the 20th century.

Three old picture postcards featuring the River Obra in Meseritz. Since 1945, Meseritz has been known as Miedzyrzecz and part of Poland.

Meseritz Obra bridge

An old postcard of the bridge over the River Obra in Meseritz as it looked in 1935.

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The River Obra in Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz) on a picture postcard posted to Berlin in 1903.

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More information on the River Obra.


A Synagogue in Poland

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An old postcard showing a general view of Meseritz/ Miedzyrzecz, with Synagogue marked, c.1925.

Two old images of the Synagogue in the town of Meseritz in former East Brandenburg, now Miedzyrzecz, Lubuskie, Poland.

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An interior view of the Synagogue in Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz, c.1910.

The Synagogue in Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz was last used by the Jewish community in 1940. And during the communist-era was became almost derelict. However, the building has in the past few years been converted for office or retail use and at least externally looks to now be in good shape. On our last visit it was vacant and available for rent.

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

Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz

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The town hall and protestant church in Meseritz around 1922

Three vintage picture postcards of the town of Meseritz in what was the East Brandenburg / Posen province of Germany.  The town became Polish after the Second World War and was renamed Miedzyrzecz. It is now part of the province of Lubuskie in the west of Poland.

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The Post Office in Meseritz, now Miedzyrzecz, in 1909.

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An old postcard of the Market Square in the center of Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz) in the early 1910s.

Related: Two pictures of the railway station in pre-war Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz.

Blesen / Bledzew

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A pre-war postcard showing the Church and part of the town of Blesen in former Neumark, Germany.

Three old postcards of Blesen, near Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz). Since the end of World War Two the town has been named Bledzew and part of the Polish province of Lubuskie in western Poland.

Blesen Bledzew

The interior of the Catholic church in Blesen (Bledzew) as it looked in the 1930s.

Blesen Bledzew

The lake in Blesen (Bledzew) around 1910.

Places not far from Bledzew: Chycina, Lubniewice, Miedzyrzecz, Skwierzyna.

Related content on Polish Poland: information on and photographs of Bledzew today.