Photographer's Note

My own Regained Lands.
During the conferences in Yalta and Potsdam in 1945 the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union decided without approval involvement of the Polish side to move borders of Poland westward. Poland lost of 187,000 km of territories located east of the Curzon line annexed by the Soviet Union and gained 112,000 km of former German territories on the West and North. Poles were told that their seven-centuries-long presence in the former Eastern Poland area had come to an end. At the same time, Poles were led to believe that the newly acquired areas on the West and North were the homeland of their forefathers and hence their rightful inheritance. These new territories were named by Communist propaganda in Poland as Regained Territories (or Western and Northern Territories) to describe the current-day Polish provinces of Pomerania (Pomorze), Silesia (Slask), Lubus Land (Ziemia Lubuska) and Warmia i Mazury which were taken from Germany and assigned (restored, recovered) to Poland by the Allies after WW2. These areas were colonized by the millions of new residents, also the ones who lost homes on the eastern territories annexed by the Soviet Union.
The border between Germany and Poland was moved westward to the Oder-Neisse line, which consists mostly of the rivers Oder/Odra and Neisse/ Nysa Luzycka. East Germany in 1950 recognized the Oder-Neisse line, officially called Border of Peace and Friendship. Next, in 1970 West Germany recognized the Oder-Neisse line as a factual border. Barely the Polish-German border agreement signed in 1991 finalized the Oder-Neisse line as the Polish-German border. However in spite of politicians declarations new residents of Regained Lands through a lot of years after WW2 had feeling the instability of membership in Poland. Only new generations which were born on Regained Territories are starting feeling at themselves here.
ZARY (named SORAU before 1945) and the Land of Zary is a small part of the Regained Lands, located in Lubus Land, formerly area of Slavonic tribes. However, as a consequence of turbulent history of Silesia and Lubus Land, Zary frequently changed its rulers. The town belonged to Poland in the Middle Ages, then was under power of Silesian Piasts Polish dynasty, from 14 c. under power of the Kingdom of Czech, from 1635 until 1815 under power of Saxon electors, and after 1815 in Prussia and Germany. Since 1945 back in Poland. On the photo you can see the gothic Church of the Holy Heart of Christ in Zary.

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