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He was surprised they were ordered to burn what was already burned. – ‘Eight of us walked, and then these people approached us wearing German uniforms. There were twelve in that series, but I’ve sent four to friends. Eight postcards feature ruins of Warsaw: Krasiński Square, Królewska St., Piłsudskiego St., Nowy Świat, Krakowskie Przedmieście and Wierzbowa St. One postcard signed “famine” features people in the street, bending over a dead horse’s body trying cut out some meat.The petrol they were supposed to use wasn’t the right quality either. After work they went back to Mokotów district, where they lived several soldiers in one room. He poured petrol over himself and set himself on fire. This is the only postcard series with ruins of Warsaw issued during the war.
Jürgen opened the diary documenting his first stay in Warsaw in August 1st/2nd 1941. in the background, then some photos from the ghetto – at the sight of which Jürgen raises his voice: ‘Jews perceive themselves as victims of war – but they are not victims, they are perpetrators! He stood up, and came to the window smoking his pipe. Romek broke the silence asking if he could buy this photo-album. Here is a unique look at a city covered with a curtain of advertisements. w=510" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-110" src="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331364x.jpg? w=510&h=340" alt="Ściana Wschodnia" width="510" height="340" srcset="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331364x.jpg? w=510&h=340 510w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331364x.jpg? w=150&h=100 150w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331364x.jpg? w=300&h=200 300w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331364640w" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" / There was no war, that the world forgot to notice, but Warsaw is gone. Those attacking and fighting one another are media houses, advertisement agencies and global brands. Should the city be reduced to an advertising pillar – and its inhabitants to consumers? ‘Commute from that flat and from Tantow takes the same amount of time’, Mr Czapski explains. A neighbour is busy with something behind the fence. – ‘When my lawn-mower broke down, be was here to lend me his within seconds. Only the pavement here is level, there is street light, and it’s generally safe’, explains Bartek Wójcik. Little towns becoming Polish ‘Poles usually seek houses between 100 and 200 metre sq., not further than 30 kilometres from the border’, says Mariola Dadun, who together with her German husband run a real estate agency serving both sides of the border. On weekends he works part-time in a delivery firm, handling larger parcels. ‘But what it was missing was the story as Germans see it. In 1989 a small Munich publishing house issued ‘Warschauer Aufstand’, containing a list of German soldiers fighting the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, together with their military rank and, where applicable, date of death. There is a battle in Warsaw again: for every house, for every block, for every street corner, for every look. That’s why we there are huge tubes of toothpaste, chocolate bars and washing powders driving around the city. And you could even see the world through their windows. Residents are having their windows covered with them. What could be better to look at then a mega-billboard outside your window in the morning? But what can an ordinary citizen do confronted with the ultimate argument that “adverts on our building will pay for renovation”… Instead of coming to Warsaw, you better dig old postcards and photo albums from your closets. ALEKSANDER PRUGAR/ AGENCJA GAZETA " data-medium-file="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331360x.jpg? In Poland Mr and Mrs Czapski lived in one of the communist blocks of flats. But when we run out of something I have to know the basic words – she says. We have level pavements – ‘This house was four times cheaper, then a similar house in a Polish village. They tried to buy a flat in Szczecin, or a house in the country. They’re discovering the rules of life in the village of Schwennentz. For instance in autumn the whole village prepares one joint order for heating oil. ‘Before Schengen it took us 20 minutes to commute to work in Szczecin, and since Schengen it feels as if we lived in one of the city districts’. As for the medical examinations: we have a contract with a specific doctor, and we directed Iain to him. He’s a children’s stories’ author and gets his works published by a small literary publishing house.Romek had been meeting up with Germans fighting the Warsaw Uprising for six consecutive weekends. He drove there without faith, with the feeling of senseless of what he was doing. Mahogany bar in one corner, samovar with orange-flavoured tea in other. People made me pictures when I asked them’, Jürgen recalls. Out of twenty suitcases he packed, only four survived the chaos of war.Bookcase covering the whole wall hosting pre-war editions of Goethe, Schiller and atlases. Jürgen, wearing a shirt and a waistcoat, is not sitting behind it – but in an armchair next to the steaming samovar. When I started making photos, suddenly all people around me were gone. He’s also lost the photographs he’d made in Warsaw’s ghetto, in Gdynia, Gdańsk and Łódź. w=510" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-119" src="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332144x.jpg? w=510&h=344" alt="R" width="510" height="344" srcset="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332144x.jpg? w=510&h=344 510w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332144x.jpg? w=150&h=101 150w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332144x.jpg? w=300&h=203 300w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332144640w" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" / REKLAMY WARSZAWA BANER BILLBOARD " data-medium-file="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332137x.jpg? w=300" data-large-file="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332137x.jpg? ‘Besides, my wife and I are having twins and we need more Lebensraum’.
w=510" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-120" src="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332137x.jpg? w=510&h=344" alt="Toshiba" width="510" height="344" srcset="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332137x.jpg? w=510&h=344 510w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332137x.jpg? w=150&h=101 150w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332137x.jpg? w=300&h=203 300w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5332137640w" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" / Authrs: Jolanta Kowalewska, Adam Zadworny, Alex Kuehl Source: Gazeta Wyborcza Translation from Polish for this blog: Mo Po Press Review * * * A for pre-war 200m house with 5,500 metres square of land in a tiny German village of Hochenseldoff, several kilometres away from the Polish-German border, costed Piotr Wychadończuk 50,000 zł (nearly $25,000). In Szczecin metropolis this money would buy me a garage’, he says.
Tags: American projects in Europe, Anti-Missile Shield, Army, Defence, Ideas for Russia, Kremlin, Military, Poland, Polish big decisions, Polish foreign policy, Russia, Russian democracy, Russian leadership, Russian presidential campaign, Russian threats, Third World War, Turd World War Source: Gazeta Wyborcza, 1. 2008 Authors: Małgorzata Kozerawska, Marcin Markowski Translation from Polish for this blog: Mo Po Press Review * * * Iain comes from Scotland. He found work at the reputable IV Liceum Ogólnokształcące where he taught to an elitist International Baccalaureate class. Energetic, practical mathematician, ‘I was seeking an Eglish teacher for the IB class, because the former teacher relocated to Britain. That’s how you do it’, he said, asking Romek to leave. Today he is ashamed of what he then called a good fun, ‘We razed a city to ruins. ‘First day each month at 10 we received our soldier’s pay. Dieter is not making an effort to be polite, he murmurs… When Romek wants to know whether Dieter has any souvenirs from Warsaw, Dieter browses through his drawers nervously. ‘When you fight for your life you don’t think about souvenirs’, he says nervously, holding postcards in his hands.
Erich in Thuringia, next on the list, told Romek he’d arrived in Warsaw after the end of the uprising – on October 4th 1944. ‘We worked in a brigade, which for seven-eight hours a day walked around with flamethrowers and burned down the ruins’, he recalls. I saw them, when we went out to the ruins, driven by curiosity, once. August the 1st wasn’t therefore the best time for an attack, as by 5 pm we were at least a bit drunk‘ – says Romek’s next interlocutor – Dieter. maybe because partisans killed seven of his colleagues? ‘Have them, take them for historical documentation, it has no worth to me.
The most desperate among them cut holes in huge adverts covering their windows – so that they are able to open windows and let some air in. WARSZAWA PROJEKT FOTOGRAFICZNY TYTUL ROBOCZY REKLAMIASTO RONDO DMOWSKIEGO BIUROWCE PKO BP HOTEL METROPOL BUDYNKI HANDLOWE GODZINA 19.06 FOT. w=300" data-large-file="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331360x.jpg? ALEKSANDER PRUGAR/ AGENCJA GAZETA " data-medium-file="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331356x.jpg? ALEKSANDER PRUGAR/ AGENCJA GAZETA " data-medium-file="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331363x.jpg? – ‘Friends were warning me about some German neo-fascist parties. Their estate lies around 25km from the Szczecin city centre. – We’ll be doing the shopping on the Polish side, as it’s still cheaper. Last year they decided to get on the property ladder. Their haouse stands on a hill, the driveway covered with cobblestone. Red barn with massive door stands graciously in the middle. 28-year-old Romuald lives with his parents near Opole.
w=510" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-111" src="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331360x.jpg? w=510&h=357" alt="Marszałkowska" width="510" height="357" srcset="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331360x.jpg? w=510&h=357 510w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331360x.jpg? w=150&h=105 150w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331360x.jpg? w=300&h=210 300w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331360640w" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" / WARSZAWA PROJEKT FOTOGRAFICZNY TYTUL ROBOCZY REKLAMIASTO ROG NOWY SWIAT ALEJE JEROZOLIMSKIE BDYNEK EMPIK GODZINA 16.58 FOT. w=300" data-large-file="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331356x.jpg? w=510&h=363 510w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331356x.jpg? w=150&h=107 150w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331356x.jpg? w=300&h=214 300w, https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331356640w" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" / WARSZAWA PROJEKT FOTOGRAFICZNY TYTUL ROBOCZY REKLAMIASTO ODDZIAL BANK PKO BP ULICA MARSZALKOWSKA GODZINA 13.41 FOT. w=300" data-large-file="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331363x.jpg? ALEKSANDER PRUGAR/ AGENCJA GAZETA " data-medium-file="https://polishpress.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/z5331362x.jpg? ‘Thank goodness first class letters in Germany don’t need to be delivered in person, therefore I never have to go to the post office’. Jacek shows me around other houses purchased by the Polish. They brought their home-made jam for Jacek’s family to try. Roe-deer feeding classes Joanna and Tadeusz Czapscy moved to a forrester’s cottage near Tantow, which they bought together with three hectares of land, ten roe-deer, a bat, and a pond full with crucian carp. Joanna walks around the house repeating: “bread – brot”, “buns – brotchen”, “butter – butter”. Bartek and his wife Danka are running “OFFicyna” association in Szczecin, which is renowned organiser for cultural events like Szczecin film festivals. Author: Dorota Wodecka-Lasota Source: Gazeta Wyborcza – January 16th 2008 * * * Romek, 28-year-old from Poland, goes on a personal quest to Germany to talk to soldiers fighting against the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and hear their story.
’ – he says irritated, and goes on telling a story of how a Jew cheated his father before the war in a real-estate transaction. But not when I heard gunshots somewhere – then I knew that since the fights are there, I am safe where I am’, he says. He was able to pay 250 euro – for which Jürgen agreed, although his grandson thought the photographs are worth 400.