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Life Amid the Ruins
April 16, 2008 By W.¯.    
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A book of photographs entitled Warsaw-From Ruins of Life. Photographs 1945-1950 has recently hit bookstores across Poland. The publication follows on from the popular Varsovians-That's Warsaw! Photographs 1914-1939 book released in 2004. The author, Marek Kwiatkowski, is a long-serving director of Warsaw's £azienki Park and one of the most ardent promoters of the Polish capital, its history and attractions.

"It is enough to recall what Warsaw looked like after September 1939 [the outbreak of World War II], after the fall of the Jewish ghetto and after the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, to realize that the city was unequaled in terms of the destruction caused by its defense and later by the deliberate reduction, house by house, to rubble by the occupying German forces," writes Kwiatkowski in the preface to the second volume.

"While the media repeatedly remind us of the course of the war, the time when people lived among the ruins is usually given little attention. I want to show that period, so close to my heart because I remember it from my own experience, is just as important. Luckily, photographs, the most truthful document of passing time, have remained."

The book's editor and publisher is Hanna Kielich-Rainka, who shares Kwiatkowski's fascination for Warsaw.
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