I enjoyed this thread and the images in it tremendously. It brought back some memories from the seventies, eighties, 2004 and 2006, when I was in Poland. Quite melancholic, historical and family memories. I had been in Poznań, Warszawa, Kraków, Wilanów, a village in the administrative district of Gmina Wijewo, within Leszno County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, in west-central Poland where Poznań family had a vacation house and the Southern Polish mountains Sudety.
In the Polish Peoples Republic some old buildings and atmospheres were stuck in time. The atmosphere in my Polish grandparents old fashionate apartment building in Mickiewicza 24, 60-836 Poznań in which they shared a hall, kitchen, bath room and toilet with other tenants, was nearly the ten years of the early 20th century, the twenties and thirties in Poland like. It was as if time had stood still. Old wall paper, old furniture (of a Nazi Volksdeutsche who had lived there during the war before they arrived when he fled -or was killed at the end of the war?-), a fifties Polish Peoples Republic tiny black and white tv, and products they bought from state shops and food from the state sam. My grandparents had fled from Mokotow in Warsaw where they lived in Warsaw after the Warsaw Uprising. They were rounded up by the Waffen SS and segregated during the selection process. My babcia spend some time in Austria in Mauthausen concentration camp. Borh my grandparents survived the war, as did their children. They found each other back in Poznań at the end of the war.
They say that the massacres, bloodbaths and scars of the Second World War are visible, sensible or monitorable in Poland. 11 million people were killed in Nazi ocupied Poland, of whom 6 million Poles.
In Post war Poland Warsaw, Poznań and Wrocław (Breslau) were rebuild. In Warsaw and other Polish cities marks of shrapnel, bullets, grenades, the September 1939 bombardments, destructive fires, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943), the Warsaw Uprising and thus the total destruction of Warsaw by German and Austrian Waffen-SS, SD/Gestapo, Wehrmacht, and Ukrainian, Russian and Baltic collaborators are still visible.
Polish towns and cities today are a mix of Medieval Romance, Polish Ghotic, Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist, Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth style building, Czarist Russian, Prussian (see some buildings in the center of Poznań), Habsburg Austrian buildings, and during the Interbellum (1919-1939) in Polish style. After the war you had Stalinist Sovjet influences and the Polish Peoples Republic Socialist (communist) party way of building (Marxist-Leninist architecture), and in the period 1989-2019 you had the new, Independent, Polish, Democratic, Western architecture. See the new skyline of Warsaw with it’s Western sky skrapers which surround the Palace of culture which is an example of Stalinist Sovjet architecture. The Palace of Culture was build by the Sovjets (Russians).
I have a similar impression sometimes. I understand that 100 year old buildings have been preserved till today on condition they weren`t demolished during WW2. But I imagined it mostly refers to big ones. That is why I was really surprised to see the same little railway station building in Hel Peninsula. Incredible.