Category case studies

Shadows. What do we have in common?

The new district of Thureck under construcion, WWII. Photo: Courtesy J. Mehoffer Museum of Turek, Turek, Wielkopolska, PL (EU), Kreisbildstelle Thureck Wartheland Collection.  German Administration in occupied western parts of Poland worked constantly until The End in January 1945. Landratsamt in Thureck, before 1939 Turek in Greater Poland, was not an exception: its officials remained in […]

The pleasure garden

The history of Kalisz public garden is a story of modernity and public spaces constructed within. Desire, commodities, money, gender, race, power, Empire, history and culture: those categories shaped narratives of this modern “Eden” around the year 1900. To read more, follow the photo-link (Polish only).

Immersed in history

First thing that some of the people still living here remember, like my Grandmother, is The Ghetto Wall. During the World War II Warsaw was divided into many cities by Nazi occupation and its everyday practices. The whole Muranów District, densely populated, living and colorful area of Jewish life and culture, was cut off in 1940 from […]

Kalisz Municipal Palace: reconstructing the lost landmark

Municipal Palace in Kalisz, around 1900. Photo from an old calendar.  Three years ago I started my historical research on City Hall, other words, Municipal Palace, built between 1888-1890 in Kalisz. At the time it was frontier, regional capital city in Polish Kingdom, or the western provinces of Russian Empire. Today Kalisz, considered to be […]

Light, water and social change – “The House of The People” in Uniejow

Uniejow, Warta river and the unfinished House of the People, 1942 / Courtesy Muzeum Rzemiosła Tkackiego w Turku (Turek Museum), “Archiwum Igły”.  In the late 1930s. Uniejow, a small town located in western part of Poland, still has the same appearance like in the last days of Russian rule, around 1914. This medieval city, located […]