Waldenburg / Wałbrzych

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An old lithograph of a tram in Waldenberg i Schlesien (Wałbrzych), c.1900.

A selection of pre-war photographs of Waldenburg (Wałbrzych) in Silesia.

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A general view of Waldenburg (Wałbrzych), Silesia, c.1930.

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A photograph of the city hall in Waldenburg, since 1945 Walbrzych, as it looked in 1937.

Waldenburg into Walbrzych

After World War II, Waldenburg became part of the Polish state and renamed Walbrzych. As in all of post-war Poland most of the German population was expelled and Poles from central Poland and areas in pre-war Poland, which were no longer part of Poland. Walbrzych was, however, one of the few areas in Poland where a number of Germans were deemed ‘indispensable to the economy’ and forced to remain. Many of these ethnic Germans left for Germany in the 1980s and 1990s.

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A photograph of the Protestant School in Waldenburg, now Walbrzych, Silesia, c.1936.

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A photograph of what was then Adolf Hitler Strasse in Waldenberg / Wałbrzych, c.1941.

Walbrzych today

Wałbrzych (Waldenburg) is a city in Lower Silesian Voivodeship in south-western Poland. It currently has a population of just over 120,000. Walbrzych is located approximately 43 miles south-west of the state capital Wroclaw (Breslau) and about 6 miles from the Czech border.

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A photograph of ulica Słowackiego in Wałbrzych, Dolnoslaskie, Poland, c.1960.

Related webpage: Altwasser / Stary Zdrój in old pictures.

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