Tag Archives: Wielkopolskie


Dopiewo wielkopolskie

An old picture postcard showing people gathered outside the village stores in Dopiewo, Wielkopolskie, c.1918.

Dopiewo (former: Wanenfeld) is a small town with a population of around 2,900 in the Wielkopolskie province of west central Poland.

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The wooden tower-type windmill in Dopiewo (Wanenfeld), Wielkopolskie, as it looked sometime in the early 1940s.

Some random facts you may not know about Dopiewo:
- The first church was built in Dopiewo in 1366. It is named The Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- Between 1939 and 1945 Dopiewo became part of the Landkreis Posen, Reichsgau Wartheland. It was renamed Wanenfeld in 1942 and remained that way until it was liberated by the Soviet Red Army in January 1945.
-Dopiewo is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 miles) west of the regional capital Poznań.
- The postcode for Dopiewo is 62-070.


An aerial photograph of Dopiewo with the street names and railway line marked.

Rogasen / Rogoźno

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An old German-era lithographic postcard from Rogasen / Rogoźna, c.1899.

Rogoźno is a small town in the province of Wielkopolskie (Wielkopolska) in western Poland. It is located around 40 kilometers north north east of the city of Poznan.

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A photograph of part of the Old Market Square In Rogasen / Rogoźno Wielkopolskie, c.1911.

You might not know:

- Rogoźno is probably best known for the murder of King Przemysł II of Poland, which is said to have occurred in or near the town in 1296.
- Rogoźno was called Rogasen and part of Germany prior to 1919.
- Rogoźno was occupied by Germany during the Second World War and renamed Rogasen as part of the Warthegau / Wartheland.

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The railway station in Rogozna Wlkp, c.1922.

- The word Rogoźno derives from the folk name for bullrushes.
- Rogoźno is located on the River Welna, a tributary of the River Warta.
- The current population of Rogoźno is just over 11,000.

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The Town Hall on Adolf Hitler Platz in Rogasen / Warthegau during the German occupation, c.1941.

Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec

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An old lithographic picture postcard featuring views of Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec, c.1899.

Three scans from our collection of pre-war images of the town of Wągrowiec (former: Wongrowitz), Wielkopolskie, Poland.

Wongrowitz Wągrowiec

A vintage postcard of ulica Szeroka in Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec, Wielkopolskie, c.1919.

Wongrowitz Wągrowiec

A photograph of Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec as it looked under German occupation during World War II.

Don’t miss our page on Communist-era Wągrowiec. Pictures and information!



A photograph of pl. Wolności in Czarnków, north of Poznan, c.1960.

A selection of post-war images of Czarnków (former: Czarnikau) in the province of Wielkopolskie, Poland.

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The rather impressive Red Army monument in Czarnkow, c.1974.

Did you know that:
– the renowned artist Waclaw Taranczewski was born in Czarnków in 1903.

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A ground level look at cars parked on plac Wolnosci in Czarnkow, Wielkopolskie, c.1974.

See also: Information on and images of pre-war Czarnkow / Czarnikau.


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A very early lithographic picture postcard of Krotoszyn (Krotoschin) posted in 1898.

Images through time of Krotoszyn in the province of Wielkopolskie in Poland.

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The Rynek (Market Square) area of Krotoszyn, c.1907.

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A photograph of the main square in Krotoszyn, Wielkopolska, c.1933.

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an elevated view of the central square and town hall in Krotoszyn, c.1960.

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The PKO bank in Rynek, Krotoszyn, Wielkopolskie, c.1973.

Some things you might not know about Krotoszyn.

- The German name for Krotoszyn is Krotoschin.
- The number of people of currently living in Krotoszyn is just under 30,000.
- Krotoszyn has its own railway station with trains to towns and cities such as Tuplice, Głogów, Leszno, Ostrow Wielkopolski, Kalisz, and Lodz; and another line to Oleśnica, Jarocin, Gniezno and Chojnice.
- The largest employer in Krotoszyn is Mahle a factory which produces components for internal combustion engines.


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A communist-era photograph of the Rynek (Market Square) area of Międzychód, Poland, c.1965.

A sample of the images we have in our picture archive of the small town of Międzychód in the western part of the province of Wielkopolskie, Poland. These images all date back to the communist period (1946-1990).

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The museum on ulica 17 Stycznia in Międzychód, Wielkopolskie, Poland, c.1970.

Some things you might not know about Miedzychod:
- Until the end of the First World War, Miedzychod, was called Birnbaum (pear tree).
- There are around 100 lakes in the Miedzychod area.
- The population of Miedzychod was at the last census just over 10,000.

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Another photograph of ulica 17 Stycznia, Międzychód, Greater Poland, c.1981. Note the Fiat 125p and Syrena cars.

- Międzychód was during the communist period and before something of a railway hub with railway lines connecting Międzychód with Skwierzyna, Sulęcin, Rzepin, Sierakow, Lewiczynek, and beyond. Unfortunately, trains currently now only run during the summer months. A rather good parade of steam locomotives, was, however, organised earlier this year.

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An old communist-era picture of the Rynek (Market Square), Międzychód , c.1981.

Related content:
Photographs of pre-war Birnbaum / Miedzychod.
Old pre-war images of the railway station in Międzychód.

Communist Wągrowiec

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A photograph of the Rynek (Market) area in the centre of Wagrowiec, Wielkopolskie, c.1967.

A selection of old communist-era images of Wągrowiec in Wielkopolskie, north west Poland.

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Another view of Pomnik Wdzięczności in the Rynek (Market) area of Wągrowiec during the PRL era, c.1970.

Wagrowiec Polska

The swimming area of the lake in Wagrowiec, Wielkopolska, Polska, c.1974.

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Children on ul. Jezyka, Wagrowiec, Wielkopolskie, Poland, c.1974.

Some things you might not know about Wągrowiec:

- The current population of Wagrowiec is around 25,000.
- Wagrowiec is located at the heart of the Wielkopolski Lake District.
- The best of the nearby lakes are probably Durowo and Kaliszanskie in Kamienica.
- Wągrowiec has a relatively busy railway station with trains to places like Poznań, Gołańcz, Inowrocław, Drawski Młyn and Bydgoszcz Główna.
- A pyramid shaped tomb for Captain Lakinski can be visited.
- In 1941 Wągrowiec was renamed Eichenbrück by the occupying German administration.
- Prior to 1919 Wągrowiec was called Wongrowitz.

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An elevated view of the main square in Wagrowiec, Wielkoplskie, Poland. c.1974.

Czarnikau / Czarnków


An old postcard showing the building of the railway in Czarnikau. This mailed to Frankfurt an der Oder in 1902,

Czarnikau / Czarnków

A selection of old images of the small town of Czarnikau (Czarnikau) in Wielkopolskie, Poland.

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An overall picture postcard view of how Czarnikau / Czarnkow looked in the late 1910s.

Czarnków (Czarnikau / Scharnikau) has a population of around 12,000 inhabitants and is located on the Notec river. Due to the many hills around the town in an otherwise generally flat landscape, the area is sometimes referred to as Swiss Czarnków / Szwajcaria Czarnkowska.

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A vintage picture postcard of Kościuszki Tadeusza street in Czernikau / Czarnków, c.1918.

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A similar view of the same part of Czarnikau / Scharnikau, now renamed Hermann Goering Strasse. c.1939.

With the defeat of Germany in the First World War the town became part of the Second Polish Republic and found itself located right on on the new German-Polish border. As a result of this new border the western part of the town remained within Germany and was renamed ‘Deutsch Czarnikau’ and then changed again to ‘Scharnikau’ in 1937. The eastern part continued as Czarnikau but as part of Poland. Following the redrawing of the German / Polish border at the end of the Second World War the whole town became Polish and was renamed Czarnków.

Warta Lakes

One of Wielkopolskie’s most attractive areas is the region known as the Warta Lakes. The Miedzychodzko-Sierakowskie lakes include more than 100 lakes, footpaths, cyclepaths, and forests, nature reserves, and numerous recreational facilities.

Lake Mierzynskie

A sail boat on Lake Mierzynskie,in the Warta Lakes, north-west of Poznan, Poland.

Related content on Polish Poland: the River Warta.

A Synagogue in Poland

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An early 1900s image of the centre of Wolsztyn (Wollstein), The synagogue is on the right.

Some archive photographs of a synagogue in the small town of Wolsztyn (Wollstein) in the west of Poland.

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Another photographic view of the Jewish synagogue in Wolsztyn, c.1916.

The synagogue in Wolsztyn was built in 1842 and extensively renovated in 1896. It served the diminishing Jewish population of the town until 1939 when it went completely out of use. During the war it suffered some damage and was converted in to a cinema when the war ended. It continued as the ‘Tatry’ cinema until the end of the communist period.

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The former synagogue in Wolsztyn in Poland. After the war it was converted in to a cinema. This image from 1967.

In the late 1990s, the synagogue building was claimed by the Poznan Jewish community, who then sold it to a private investor, who planned to convert it in to a shopping centre. However, the building burnt down under mysterious circumstances at the end of last year (2009) and is no more.

There are some plans to rebuild some sort of commercial property on the site, perhaps incorporating a frontage in the style of the original synagog.

Related content on Polish Poland: old pre-war images of Wollstein / Wolsztyn.