Category writing on fragments

Reshaping historical cities after 1945

Kołobrzeg, a popular seaside resort in Poland: streetscene taken in the historical core of the town. After 1945 siege of Kołobrzeg, almost all buildings in the prewar downtown were torn down, with some isolated “historical monuments” preserved only. How Polish socialist state of 1944-1989 engaged space of recently taken German cities to create narratives for the […]

Kalisz: notes to the digital map of the 1914-burned down town

Paint-like-colours: – Red: public buildings – Pink: parish buildings, churches, synagogues – Yellow: residental blocks – Violet: factories – Navy blue: garrisons – Brown: city villas Public gardens marked in bottle green; gardens – in grass green. Prosna ant other rivers marked in blue.  

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 […]

Architecture as a symbol of change: The Shrine of Progress

Photo: Courtesy J. Mehoffer Museum of Turek, Turek, Wielkopolska, PL (EU), Prints and Photographs Division.  When I saw these pictures for the first time, I was astonished. The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, the emblem of 1950s. architecture in Poland – here promoted by a prop, architectural model on display in Turek, a small […]