Saturday, February 15, 2014

Amazing Colour Photos of Warsaw after World War II, in August 1947

During World War II 84% of Warsaw was destroyed. Dramatic snaps in colour show the centre of the city, including Śródmieście, Old Town and meaningful empty space after the Jewish Ghetto. The photos were taken by New York photographer Henry N. Cobb during his stay in Warsaw, Poland in the summer 1947.
"In the summer of 1947 I was a member of a small group of American design professionals, led by the architect Hermann H. Field, who traveled to England, Czechoslovakia, and Poland to study the progress of postwar reconstruction. In Poland we visited Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice, Wroclaw, and Szczecin. Although I cannot recall the precise length of our stay in the capital city, I do remember clearly that we extended our visit for several days beyond its planned duration in order to meet at greater length with planners in the Office for the Reconstruction of the Capital (BOS), whose work we found deeply inspiring. The architects Helena and Szymon Syrkus were our hosts in Warsaw, and we spent a memorable Sunday with them at their small farmhouse outside the city on the bank of the Vistula. Photographs taken on that occasion are included at the end of this album." - Henry N. Cobb, September 2011.
Astonishingly post-war Warsaw streets are becoming closer. Girl's brown dress and a pomegranate car passing by bring life to these views. Below is a collection of amazing colour photos of Warsaw in August 1947 were taken by Henry with a 35 mm camera utilizing Kodachrome film.









































(All photographs © Henry N. Cobb, via Pei Cobb Freed & Partners)

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27 comments :

  1. Nice photos but should not be artificially colored… Just true colors ( mostly gray.. and depressing) would reflect better reality of those days…

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    1. Pani Zofio, te fotografie nie są sztucznie kolorowane, one są kolorowe. Kodachrome to materiał do fotografii barwnej. Chociaż rozumiem aluzję o odcieniach szarości to jednak taki wtedy był świat - mimo wszystko kolorowy.

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    2. Pokazując te zdjęcia dzisiejszej młodzieży, przekonałam się, że czarno-białe były dla nich czymś oderwanym od rzeczywistości. Dopiero kolor uświadomił im jak bardzo tamta rzeczywistość jest realna.

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  2. Sadly today in our world still going on this destroying, never stops?

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  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmfZDskIWcA

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  4. Given the utter destruction at that time, were there any habitable houses available, even in 1947?

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  5. There is a book called "Det lyckliga Europa" - The Happy Europe about this time. It is the story written by Stig Claesson about Swedish volunteers traveling through Europe with a steam engine they bring with them to haul their train down to Yugoslavia to build a railway of peace to Sarajevo. When they pass by Warsaw the book describes a city completely wiped out at the railway station and in general. I always wondered how it actually looked like. The book is called happy Europe due to that many young people cooperated across countries to rebuilt the continent. Yuogoslavia was a plav´ce were very many went. But then came the split between Stalin and Tito and it disappeared, Service Civil International continued their efforts though, started east-west work camps in 1952 and sent people as volunteers to the south 1957, rebuilding hope and the world.

    I am grateful for now finally see the scenes of this destruction described in the book. It is really different from the bombings in German cities as Berlin. There at least one could find some possibility to find shelter among the ruins. Here everything is totally destroyed without almost no exception. As far as I know the Germans had the idea to totally wipe out the cultural herritage of Poland by adding to the bombings they and USSR carried out but also by using dynamite. Especially the Jewish ghettos but also the old town was destroyed. Already the destruction of the German cities is incomprehensible, oddly it was not militarily useful, what happened was that small shop owners and craftsmen were wiped out with very little effect on the war industry. Although also workers, the worst bombed neighborhood in Germany was precisely the area in Hamburg that voted more against Hitler than any other area in germany.

    But the destruction of Warsaw is one step even more total. What is often forgotten though is that the destruction of USSR was even worse than anywhere else. Also in other places like Northern Norway. Here the German army destroyed every house when they withdraw from the Red army liberating the area, not 16 % left like on Warsaw but rather 0%, The population survived in caves.

    It is nice to see pictures of the couple that helped rebuilt the city in the end. Lets hope Sana with its world heritage, Falluja, Mosul, Aleppo and other cities will be rebuilt as well.

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  6. Beautiful and heartbreaking photographs...Especially living in Warsaw right now, it is so difficult to imagine that this city almost didn't exist.

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  7. It's worth mentioning that most of the destruction wasn't due to actual fightings. After the Warsaw Uprising the buildings were being deliberately set on fire and demolished by Germans, as Hitler decided that Warsaw from before the war should cease existing once and for all.

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  8. As a prize for this and more USA organized west Germany lol

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  9. what is important to remember in this case is that this was a sea of ruins approximately 10x5km not just one block of the city...

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  10. I hate war nad I hate that innocent people are dying. I think that such monstorious ideas must come from a pasycho and it really scares me that half of sociaty has mental problems. Otherwise they wouldn't follow an idiot.That's how I See it.😦

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  11. I hate war nad I hate that innocent people are dying. I think that such monstorious ideas must come from a pasycho and it really scares me that half of sociaty has mental problems. Otherwise they wouldn't follow an idiot.That's how I See it.😦

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  12. I am so sad seeing this pictures of my ruined country. Warsaw uprising!
    Stop Wars !!

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  13. @marwa safwat: الحفاظ على أفضل الماعز الخاص في الخط، الكلبة القذرة. دون يخص

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  14. As everyone can clearly see on those pictures, nearly 100% of Warsav's buildings were destroyed. After WWII only dangerous for human health ruins remained in Warsav. All buildings were destroyed by Russians and Germans. None of their nations never paid any money to Poland for this crime. All buildings were rebuiled by polish people with their hands, with their money. In 1960 Poland paid 40billion USD to rabins in New York which claimed that they made fundation for Jews which lost their homes in Poland and they need money. (Germans should pay those money instead of Polish people). But still in 2016 Jews say that Polish people should pay them for what is builed on places of their homes destroyed by Germans.
    Now tell me, where is the law and when Jews will stop to steal on this world?
    regards

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  15. https://www.google.pl/maps/place/Rybaki,+Warszawa/@52.2535726,21.0092041,460m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x471ecc6e0bc30f37:0xe47449b2db7043b1!8m2!3d52.254277!4d21.0107678

    Here is a Rybaki street from prelast photo.

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  16. Just when I start to feel sorry for you people, I see you still blame the Jew for their murders. You're still a country full of anti-semites. Karma .....

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    1. No we don't blame for their morder. As far as I see you have problems with reading correctly. To your knolagde, more and more peaple just starts to be fed up with greed and impudence. It seems that you forgot that German (nazis where german people, so call them correctly) destroyed their (jewish) property on polish land, so why jews want something from Poland(compensation)? You know why, becouse they know that they will not recieve any more from Germany. Generally war reparations and poining at someone's guilt seems to be a good business, not for those who died or lost all they've had during WWII but for those who live right now and mostly have almost nothing in common with the victims. Beside that, I don't remember any noticable, direct financial support from Izrael for Poland to rebuild the country that was a home for milions of their citizens. And last one thing, that i personally hate - what to do if you want to close somebodys mouth and you have nothing to say? You describe him as anty-semitic. BTW. I admire your ingorance - no knoledge, no logical thinking Wait, or maybe it was planned, becouse you felt hurt? Best regards.

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  17. beautifull photo, old but gold.

    Greeting from justnewbiego

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  18. من المعروف ان تنظيف المنازل من بين اهم الخدمات الضرورية في التنظيف والترقية بمنازلنا الى مصاف المنازل العصرية والتي عرفت تنظيفا عصريا من شانه ان يوفر لساكنته ظروفا حياتية راقية ولابد من توفر هيئة تختص في المجال مع تقديم ضمانات متكاملة من شانه ان تجعل الافراد يضمنون نجاح خدمة التنظيف ولا حاجة للمزيد من ضياع الاموال عبر طلبات خدمة تنظيف المنازل التي لا تلبي حاجياتهم ولا تتماشى مع رغباتهم لأن العديد من شركات تنظيف المنازل تسعى فقط الى عرض خدماتها عبر طرق ترويجية فحسب من اجل كسب المال فقط دون مراعاة الوازع الاخلاقي والضمير المهني الذي يحتم على مدراء مثل هاته الشركات ان يسعوا خلف ارضاء العملاء ليس اكثر من هذا عبر اتقان تنظيف المنازل . شركة عزل خزانات بالقصيم
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  19. A work of very nice photo and outstanding in my opinion.

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