Fascinating culture of Jews in Poland

History of Jews in Poland lasts for 1000 years. To familiarize yourself with it and understand it better you need to visit old synagogues and cemeteries, former Jewish schools, city quarters and small towns that used to be inhabited by Jewish communities. It’s good to visit museums and other institutions dedicated to Jews and places…

Lost in time and space – non existing villages

There are some special points on the map of eastern Poland that mark non-existing, former villages. It is possible to find them in the Carpathian Mountains (Bieszczady, Beskid Niski), foothills (Pog√≥rze Przemyskie) or uplands (Roztocze). These places used to be inhabited before the Second World War. In 1944 a new Polish government (that one which…

Lost in time and… woods – cemetery of Podemszczyzna

Exploring Roztocze, especially the southern part of the region, is fascinating. Beside admiring the landscapes and visiting the beautiful Orthodox and Greek Catholic wooden churches you might also look for the old cemeteries full of stone monuments. Some of them are difficult to find because right now they are surrounded with trees or even the…

War, art and… humanity – I World War cemeteries in Western Galicia

A century ago, during the I World War, a great military offensive took place in the area of Gorlice and in Beskid Niski mountains. Thousands of soldiers of the multinational armies (Austro-Hungarian,¬†Prussian, Russian) gave their lives away and found their peace somewhere between forests and meadows… Not a long time after the battle many people…