I read this thick book of Norman Davies about Warsaw during the war and my babcia's Warsaw Second World War and Warsaw Uprising memoirs and visited Warsaw in 1984 and 2006. In 1984 I saw the famous Black and White film absout the destruction of Warsaw in 1944 and the rebuilding the city and I saw the same movie in the same house in the Old towm in 2006 again. In 1984 Warsaw was exiting, but communist and grey from the coal and brown coal and 2 stroke engine air. In 2006 the city was clean, luxerious, and the churches were full and the city looked beautiful and renovated. In 2019 the city will have grown further and will have new neighbourhoods, suburbs and new office buildings, infrastructure and thus architecture in the city center and the periphery of the city as well. New generations will further build Warsaw, education, development, investments in the city, city planning and city expansion are important. Warsaw should be the most important capital and Metropole in Central Europe.
Pieter, good collection. I watched the last video which shows a visit of a guy to Warsaw and being guided through many areas. I did not realize that Warsaw has a parc with sculptures from other countries, very interesting, some shocking. I looked at Warsaw from a different and better light!
Pieter and all, I also watched Warsaw movie from 1959 by Jan Bossak and it is revealing how people live in awful and dangerous conditions. Even the authors admitted that in the past they did not show these ungly sides of Warsaw and people living in the ruins in unsanitary conditions with small children. One but brok his leg, since he forgot there is no floor in front of him.
Many Polish children died in the ruins of the war during the war and after the war Jaga. Of course the communists didn't want to show this. My mother told a terrible story about a little Polish boy who was killed in the Citadel in Poznan after the war by big rats while he was playing there. Today that is a park and a memory site about the large battle between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army that laid the Old Town of Poznan in ruins, just like the old town of Warsaw was laid in ruins during the Warsaw uprising.
I love these old movies about Polish cities and countryside Jaga. I can watch for hours at these youtube video's in my spare time. Skipping Netflix, Dutch tv, the BBC and the Dutch cinema and movies/documentaries in that case. You have priorities. I have Polish roots (50%) so in this way I connect to my Polish 50% heritage.