Bomb shelters in the Polish city of Krakow are blighted by mould and damp and lack the capacity to hold the city’s inhabitants, the head of a local historical association has said.
As concern heightens over the future, no longer are fallout shelters being seen as the domain of eccentric survivalists or paranoid billionaires. Vastly varying in size and cost, what was once a niche market has seen an explosion in both interest and innovation.
From discos to bat sanctuaries and art galleries, old bomb shelters have seen a renaissance across Poland.
During WWII, the site of the dig in what is now Warsaw’s Muranów district was the headquarters of the Jewish Combat Organisation, which was instrumental in organising and launching the ghetto uprising.
Five of the nine hideouts featured in the exhibition ‘Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival’ are in today’s Ukraine, with Russia’s invasion of the country giving the exhibition an added poignancy.
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Inside archaeologists came across bullets belonging to both German and Soviet troops leading researchers to believe it could have been the site of fierce fighting in 1944.
The director of the Shem Olam Institute in Israel which took the artefacts said: “The task of transferring the tefillin was done secretly but under the noses of the authorities.” Warsaw City Hall says it is now investigating and added it was “a crime” to not report valuable and historical items found at construction sites.
Nestled against the Lithuanian border, Suwalszczyzna (for the sake of simplicity, let’s refer to it from now on as the Suwałki region), is more than a complex mass of randomized letters.
The reconstruction at the site of the Nazi leader’s Wolf’s Lair HQ, used archive documents, photographs, witness testimony and the knowledge of local guides to recreate the room as it was in July 1944.