MIEDZIANKA – ATTRACTIONS
- Miedzianka – the town which disappeared from the face of the earth in the 1960s due to wasteful exploitation of uranium by the Russians
- it is worth knowing the history of Miedzianka before the visit to the place, because without any preparation, you may have the impression that there is nothing interesting to see
- knowing how the town lived and what it looked like before, you may spend there even several hours
- before visiting the remnants of the town, we recommend you to read the reporter book by Filip Springer entitled History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town, buy the book
- ps. bring a driver with you so that you can try beer from Miedzianka mini-brewery
- photoalbum (pl) with pictures of the contemporary Miedzianka, and Miedzianka before and after the war
A QUOTATION FROM THE BOOK “HISTORY OF A DISAPPEARANCE: THE STORY OF A FORGOTTEN POLISH TOWN”
Coppferberge, Kopferberg, Kupferberg, Miedzianka – a tiny town near Jelenia Góra which is no more. Nor is the City Hall Restaurant where gossiping women would cringe with disgust when their husbands started singing: “If you had another mother-in-law…” Gone are the parties when dancing couples would swirl to the music of Martin Lehmann’s saxophone. The brewery, the paper factory, the mason and other craftsmen’s shops – they are all gone. There is no Mrs Trenkler the shirt-maker, Mrs Assman and Mrs Alex the bed linen makers and Mrs Breuer the seller of bread and eggs.
There is no graveyard by the road to Mniszków that overlooked the Rudawy Janowickie hills, although local people still remember how gravestones were torn from the ground by tractors and dogs would drag human bones all over the village.
Filip Springer devoted two years of research to find out why a town with seven centuries of history disappeared from the face of the earth. Was it because of the wasteful exploitation of uranium deposits by Russians in 1948-1952? Or were mining damages used as a pretext by the authorities to knock down the whole town in an attempt to bury a secret?” (the description source: http://filipspringer.com/en/ksiazki/miedzianka/filipspringer.com).