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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Breslau 1937


"Wroclaw not Breslau" doesn't have quite the same ring as "Istanbul not Constantinople."


  1. good song :).
    I've heard of Breslau, but I wasn't aware of the changed name.

  2. The song's a little before my time, but amusing.
    Wroclaw (vrots-wahf) takes some practice but the Poles seemed to accept my pronunciation of it when I was there.

  3. I thought this would interest you, Jonathan...I will post some of them soon.


  4. Thanks for the tip, Ray, great stuff. I'd seen some of Ginsberg's photos before but not these ones.

  5. I consider cities who have changed names highly fascinating. I found the location of the place shown on the postcard. The bridge in the background is the Kaiserbrücke, surprisingly enough it still exists today (named Most Grunwaldzki in Polish). I didn't know the song, strange song, apparently popular because a lot of covers have been made (a.o. by They Might Be Giants).

  6. That is a strange song, not the typical pop song subject. You have a sharp eye as usual. I crossed the bridge when I visited Breslau/Wroclaw in 2009.