Following World War II, the city of Gdansk, formerly Danzig, Poland, undertook the daunting feat of rebuilding its Main Town as it had been before the war. In painstaking detail, city planners revitalized the historic architecture of building fronts and structures as they were designed centuries earlier. Park Victory radioman Will Keller returned to Gdansk in 2007 and took contrasting photos of scenes he had captured there in January 1946.
Will has passed on to me a wonderful collection of before and after images, five of which I share with you here.
Golden Gate at the beginning of Long Street:
Golden House on Long Market:
St. Mary’s Gate at the end of St. Mary’s Street:
The Motlawa River waterfront with its historic Crane at the far right bend:
The Great Arsenal at the beginning of Piwna Street:
Next post: We leave Poland for Park Victory Livestock trip #3 to Greece
These have also been assembled into a matching game for children on my website.