I spent my childhood in an ugly industrial city. I was brought there when I was barely four months old, and then for many years afterward I was told about the extraordinarily beautiful city, Lwów, that my family had to leave. So it is not surprising that I looked upon real houses and streets with a semicontemptuous air of superiority and that I took from reality only the bare necessities.
Adam Zagajewski: Two cities
It is amazing that while I am straining my memory against the flow of time, I can still feel the innocence of such street names as Janow, Zmesienie, Piaski and Lackiego, which were imbued with such an evil meaning by the years of 1941 and 1942, when the city on a day became empty from Bernstein street to the theater, the Sloneczna and further, and a silent and dead neighborhood remained in its place, with windows wide open and curtains flapping in the wind. There was not a single soul on the yards and balconies. Only a few scattered buildings were left at the outskirts, and then the ruins were overgrown by the grass.
Stanisław Lem: The High Castle
Much has been written about the cafés of Lwów, and such places as the “Café Szkocka”, the “Atlas” or the “George” already have their loyal bards. The story of Lwów’s inns has long matured into a fable, a kind of a “text of Lwów”… The Poles, Ukrainians, Jews, Armenians, Germans all prayed in their own prayer houses, but they spent their time together in the pubs: at least there they tolerated each other.
Bogusław Bakuła: Stage, carnival, revolution
With this map we start the reconstruction of the one-time city: we try to assess through the photos of today’s visitors what remains from the former Lwów. We begin with the historical city center, but we will soon expand it with the maps of the suburbs as well, and the number of the photos will increase continuously. The gray dots indicate that a picture could not be exactly localized, and when a dot turns red, it means that it received its own post. The overview of the modern state will be complemented with further layers of old photos, postcards, drawings and memories. Check back soon.