Traces of the past

Everywhere in Warsaw there are traces of the past: the horrible past of World War 2. Everywhere there are memorials and monuments, marking deaths under Nazi occupation. This one seems particularly poignant: only one word – murdered – and the date. It’s at the top of parkland just behind our apartment above the clay-pit lake, overarched by a tree in full blossom.

I’m linking this post to Paula’s Thursday’s Special. Have a look at her very special Corsican church and contributions from other bloggers.

 

Advertisements

About morselsandscraps

A retired Australian who spends a lot of time in Warsaw, and blogs as a way of life.
This entry was posted in challenge, photos and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

23 Responses to Traces of the past

  1. Beautiful blossoms and memory of murder. A real juxtaposition.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sue says:

    The past must be all around you in Warsaw…

    Like

  3. The first part of the word is also found in Croatian “pomor”. A site of tragedy, and now framed with most beautiful trees. Memorials are important. If we forget our past, we are no longer human.

    Like

    • I was surprised at how many similarities there are between Croatian and Polish. I’m a bit ambivalent about memorialising. We have a national day coming up from WW1, Anzac Day, and the discourse is usually overblown and unrealistic. This monument is hardly that though.

      Like

  4. P.S. I forgot to say that your photo is beautiful, Meg. I like the perspective, the layers within.

    Like

  5. restlessjo says:

    So sad. I’m on my way to seek out Paula now xx

    Like

    • Within a few metres of home there’d be at least four memorials. I only just noticed this one, although I’ve passed it before.

      Like

      • restlessjo says:

        I’m back in the UK, Meg- barely just!- and going out on a bluebell walk with an old friend this morning. No time for photos- we’ll be too busy catching up, and I have 800 from the Algarve. 🙂 Hugs darlin’. Will email you as soon as I know what’s happening. 🙂

        Like

        • I await your pleasure, and just so you know, if it doesn’t happen now, watch out England. A bluebell walk which you’re not planning to share? Oh.

          Like

          • restlessjo says:

            I sent Adam an email 5 minutes ago to set things in motion (maybe 🙂 ) And I’m hoping that the Great British meet up will take place some time this year. It has to, doesn’t it? 🙂
            The bluebells are just coming out and I couldn’t hope to top the bluebell walk I did last year. The conditions were just perfect. This morning I have the snout of a very lovable collie dog and her mistress, who were showing me the bluebells. We spent quite a lot of time retrieving. I’m not sure that this is the natural order of things? 🙂 🙂

            Like

  6. Pingback: Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past Y2-02 | Lost in Translation

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Oh my yes, there must be many reminders of Poland’s tragic past in Warsaw and this one word memorial says it all.

    Like

  8. Heyjude says:

    I’m wondering whether I’d feel depressed seeing all the reminders. I’m not one for photographing war memorials though I do photograph old gravestones… but this is rather beautiful under the blossoms. Love to see it in black and white.

    Like

    • I tried it in b&w and it worked. I feel bound to notice reminders of the awful past, because it’s the past of my grandchildren, and a past that I, from safe Australia, need to notice.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Heyjude says:

        I can understand that. Maybe growing up in post-war Britain with the ‘Cold War’ along with on-going troubles with the IRA during my teenage years makes me feel differently. I imagine a lot of Europeans went to Australia to feel safe.

        Like

  9. pommepal says:

    Beautiful tree, standing guard over such a poignant reminder of the past.

    Like

  10. I was there in September, and took the free tour around the Old Town. Did the same tour in Krakow in August, which was barely touched by bombing, whereas Warsaw was decimated. Crazy times. So much tragedy. Thankfully Europe has learned its lessons up till now.

    Like

Please talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s