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Piotr Tymiński / 250 items

N 9 B 2.7K C 0 E Apr 11, 2015 F May 2, 2015
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After the so called September Campaign of 1939 was over, and the joint German-Soviet attack crumbled the resistance of Polish armies, hundreds of thousands of Soviets were stationed in the newly occupied, eastern part of Poland.
Among them were thousands of officers of the Red Army. They were professional soldiers who brought their families with them. In this way, countless Russian civilians lived among the Polish population, in numerous villages and towns where flats and houses were requisitioned for them.

In 1941 signs of incoming trouble for the Soviets were already apparent - former allies were just about to start their deadly struggle - but the communist authorities still refused to evacuate the families of the officers. Such precaution could "incite panic and encourage nationalist elements". It probably could - they all lived in a subjugated and hostile country, after all.
Consequently, in June 1941 countless families of the Soviet servicemen were caught in the maelstrom of war.

Mrs Pelagia Yefremova Suleykina lived in a village of Anusin. There were two children with her, too: a three year old daughter and a son - on the 22nd June 1941 he was just 24 days old. Her husband was a lieutenant of the Red Army, an officer commanding a company of heavy machine guns supposed to man dozens of bunkers which had been built in the vicinity of Anusin and Słochy Annopolskie villages.

When the German attack began, she took cover in one of the bunkers, along with several other wives of the officers. Those concrete slabs were not made for women and children and it may seem strange why they decided to do so. They probably did not feel secure among the "nationalist elements" or, it seems, the Soviet border guards did not feel secure themselves, and they advised the women to leave the village and head for the bunkers.

Was it this very pillbox on the picture? Or one of many others hidden today in the forests nearby? We will never know for sure. And I can only try to image horror scenes in those narrow confines of the cold, concrete chambers, filled with smoke and soot, cries of the children terrified by the roar of the guns and then darkness creeping in when the lights went out.
And at that time Mrs Suleykina did not know that it'd take Germans five long days to quell the resistance of a pillbox which was located just several hundreds meters away from their own hideout.
Its stubborn defenders died under the rubble and her husband was one of them.

Mrs Suleykina and her children survived the war, her story was published in a collection of memoirs "Bug River on fire" in 1965.

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N 9 B 872 C 0 E Sep 8, 2014 F Sep 8, 2014
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The ultimate kingdom of urban exploration – the famous Battleship Island (Hashima).
At some point in its history it was the most densly populated island on the globe. It was utterly abandoned in 1974 but its location and claustrophobic concrete canyons are a sight to behold.

This is a digitally modified and geotagged image from Google Street View. The original GSV is at: goo.gl/maps/KZTVF and is copyrighted by Google.
Stylized version originally developed for Artistic Google project by Piotr Tymiński.

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N 15 B 503 C 1 E Apr 1, 2015 F Apr 26, 2015
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Another one from "Anybody out there?" series taken during a trek through a swampy forest where witches lurk in the fog.

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N 14 B 2.2K C 31 E Jun 22, 2014 F Jul 18, 2014
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Texturized photograph of Lake Góra near Kępa Kikolska, Poland.

Around 1780, on a picturesque bank of the Narew river, a small “summer palace” was built for prince Stanisław, a wealthy nobleman of the famous Poniatowski family which counted princes, bishops, kings and marshals of France among their kin.
The last owner of the palace was count Wacław Gutakowski, a colonel in the famed 13th Hussars Regiment of the Duchy of Warsaw. Drawing by Zygmunt Vogel, dated 1801, shows a beautiful structure surrounded by a park – the mighty river flows by - a marvelous sight!
History showed little mercy for the palace, it was burned down during the second world war and was never rebuilt. The river has changed its course since then and today a small ruin, overgrown by vines, stands on a small bluff of a little lake.
At this time of the year it's impossible to capture the beauty of the place; it's so overgrown that it's almost invisible in the tangled mass of trees and bushes.
And so I ploughed my way through the thicket and brushed aside the twisted vines to touch the old wall and look at the glowing water of the small lake.
And for a short while it seemed to me I was not alone there. Charming ladies in their beautiful dresses.mingling with officers resplendent in their napoleonic uniforms... Soft laughters and quiet whispers.... And live music playing softly...
Could I really hear them?
Nah... it must've been the wind playing tricks on me.

Single exposure, RAW developed in ACDSee Pro 8. Several textures applied in Perfect Photo Suite 8 in various blending modes. Touched up with NIK Color Efex Pro.

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N 3 B 1.8K C 0 E Oct 18, 2008 F Jul 23, 2014
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It's early 1941. It's 6,5 km to the German border and time is running short. Newly conquered Poland is supplying vast amounts of slave labour which is herded to toil on the construction sites of dozens of pillboxes screening the vital Warsaw-Grodno road.
Time is in short supply and the local population, entagled in the merciless machinery of forced labour, is obviously not allowed to peer behind the tall wooded fences hiding the places where huge concrete slabs are being erected. But they are good enough to dig vast antitank trenches which are supposed to protect Podbiele and Prosienica strongpints. And so they dig under a watchful eye of the Soviet masters.

It's 21 June 1941 and a sledgehammer blows falls from across the border. Thin Soviet defence force in the area evaporates under a merciless onslaught of the Wehrmacht. Some isolated pillboxed fight till their doom, most are abandoned without a shot and impressive antitank ditches prove useless.

And then, once the frontline moves far to the east, the merciless history finds a practical application for the derelict eartworks - but certainly not the one envisaged nby their designers. Countless "unneeded political elements", as the Nazis called them, are herded into the antitank ditches and shot en masse. They are all prisoners of war - Soviet officers and comissars.
It's estimated that between 1941 and 1943 more than 2.000 people had found their doom in the area. This number includes hundreds of Poles and Jews, too. Their names are unknown. For the Poles and Jews this is a tragic place, one of so many in this country. For the Soviets it's an ominous place where the ironic history made its merciless judgement and turned once powerful masters into a pile of corpses at the bottom of a long ditch - a dreadful place where the murderers slaughtered the murderers.

Sometime in the 70's, or maybe early 80's, when the Soviets were still considered, at least oficially, to be friends and allies, a row of simple concrete slabs was placed in the antitanck ditch, each adorned with a red star - unknown soldiers' graves where the Soviet officers were executed.
Today, ovegrown by trees and bushes, this place can only be reached by country roads winding their way through forests and clusters of trees dotted with ruins of dozens of pillboxes. It cannot be seen from an international Warsaw-Grodno-Moscow road which is, in fact, so close to it.

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