I have no answer for why they are called Slawojka. But, we had very similar out door tolets in Denmark, they were similar but much better. They were ventilated with a square wood shaft from the seat through the roof. In this manner, there was no smell or problem with flys.
Ours was a one hole and that meant no peeing on the seat no matter for any reason, other wise little boys will have the problem of both little girls and big ones will beat that little boy on the head and box his ears.
Post by JustJohn or JJ on Feb 5, 2016 10:22:42 GMT -7
I just turned my attention to this.
Slawoj-Skladkowski was a colorful personality. Former army doctor, after Pilsudski’s coup d’etait he was a Minister of Inferior in several governments. At this office, he earned his description of “efficient sociopath”. His frequent circulars become famous. Hygiene was his obsessions, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that unfortunate Sanitary Regulations Act was signed by him. His enemies laughed at the amount of paper he was wasted creating “Minister of Inferior’s Daily Leads for civil servants”, but even they couldn’t his achievements: creation of emergency medical system that used Air Force planes to transport injured people or propagation of so-called “slawojka’s” – latrines – among country folks. [IMG] Typical “Slawojka”
Felicjan Sławoj-Składkowski (1885–1962): The only known doctor–soldier–politician with an outdoor-wooden-toilet named after him Felicjan Sławoj-Składkowski was a Polish physician, General and politician who served as Polish Minister of Internal Affairs and was the last Prime Minister of Poland before the Second World War. The lack of basic sanitation in many of Poland’s villages caused him to issue a decree that every household in Poland must have a latrine in working order. Wooden sheds were built in the backyards, subsequently named ‘sławojkis’.
Since we talked about the highest peak in Europe here is a tidbit of information.
However, atop the 5,642 meters (18,510-feet) Mount Elbrus -- Russia's highest peak, the highest mountain in all of Europe and (at least) topographically dividing Europe from Asia -- sits the world's "nastiest outhouse" at 4,206 meters (13,800 feet). It is in the Caucasus Mountains, near the frontier between Georgia and Russia and a 'stone's throw' from troubled Chechnya. As one writer opined, ". . . it doesn't much feel like Europe when you're there. It feels more like Central Asia or the Middle East" (Per Outside Magazine 1993 search and article).  The outhouse is surrounded by and covered in ice, perched off the end of a rock, and with a pipe pouring effluvia onto the mountain. It consistently receives low marks for sanitation and convenience, but is considered to be a unique experience.
I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.
John, thanks for explaining what Slawojka come from... the middle name of "Slawoj". Felicjan Slawoj-Skladkowski was very disciplined in forcing this issue. During his rule villages improved its sanitation tremendously.
I was just translating fragments of the Kazakhstan memories. People were relieving themselves everywhere there.....there was not even one toilet in the whole village.