Pstraze

Late in 2016 I went to visit Pstrąże, given rumours that it is being demolished (which was true). It's an old village, in Dolnoslaskie voivodeship, first mentioned in 1305. It was your usual village up until 1905 when it was modernized for the needs of German army. They built barracks, stables, provided bridge with railway connection (which is now the main entrance to the city for the explorers). After year 1945 the village was seized by Russians and used as military base till 1992. Russians change the name to Strachów (Страхув) for the time they were in charge. When Russian army left it fell under control of Polish army, which is patrolling the area till today. In late 2016, local administration started to demolish old living flats that were constructed by the Russians. Older, German buildings were left intact, for the time being. This village is sometimes referred as "Polish Pripyat".