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    Sights of Poland: Gdansk and Lodz


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     parallaxes took these photos when visiting Lodz and Gdansk between August 2006 and August 2007. Although witnessing much that impressed him during his Polish travels, the country's World War II memorials had an particularly profound effect on him. "I was impressed with the two memorials in Lodz, the memories of which moved and scared me," he says.
    - eoghan, CNN iReport producer

    Poland is a great country.

    First by its size, despite the division made between East and West blocs after the Second World War.

    It offers a wide variety of landscapes ... sea, mountains, countryside and its cities are filled with architectural and cultural treasures.

    Bruised during history with the incursions of  belligerent neighbors, it has always risen from the ashes, especially after experiencing the Nazzi barbarity  and this particular form of courage is now in its ability to adapt its architectural and cultural heritage the modern world.

    Poland is the land of Chopin, Marie Curie and major directors as Polanskiand Wajda.

    This year the country hosts the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship and this will be an opportunity for visitors to explore the capital and, probably, Krakow, a jewel safe  during the last war.

    However, other cities and regions are interesting and worth a visit, as Gdansk, Lodz and  Bieszczady area which  are the subjects of these reports.

    Gdansk where the action of the union "Solidarity" was the cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Lodz which had a great industrial power with its factories is a place of remembrance and includes the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe.

    Bieszczady area is particularly attractive with its towns in baroque architecture and its wooden churches classified World Heritage by UNESCO.

    And... Poland it's also the streets in which you stroll, the people you bump into, dressed with their natural elegance, the hip young people, the so delightfully "retro" shops, the street art...



    Gdansk and Lodz

    Gdansk is the city where the action of the union "Solidarity" was the cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    The memorial commemorates the dead victims of repression during the strikes of workers in December 1970.

    Lodz includes the largest jewish cemetery in Europe. The city is also a place of memory with Radegast (the memorial to the deportation) and Radogoszcz (the memorial of the nazi transit camp).

    view 2: Gdansk, the shipyard

    view 4,5: Gdansk, the memorial

    view 6: Gdansk, the post ofice

    view 7,8: Lodz, the Jewish cemetary

    view 9: Lodz, Radegast

    view 10: Lodz, Radogoszcz

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