"Krokowa - Historical & Cultural Contexts" Krokowa Local Custom Tip by Ekaterinburg
Krokowa Local Customs: 2 reviews and 2 photos
Krokowa is situated in Pomerania, an area of Poland which has seen large parts of it treated like 'pass the parcel' over many centuries. This is par for the course in Poland where 'Partition' has been a term used and abused since 1792 when Russia divided the territory between itself, Prussia and Austria. Pomerania's strategic 'corridoor' location made it particularly attractive to the surrounding powers and in the 17th century it was annexed by Sweden then passed back to Prussia until it was appropriated once more byGermany.
Between 1920 and 1939 the German-Polish border actually ran right through Krokowa so this is a village which has been right at the centre of the Polish/German divide. In the aftermath of World War 11 when Pomerania was finally returned to Poland, the German population was expelled.
Memories are long and the pain of war will not be forgotten. However, efforts to heal the wounds are being made and the joint Polish/German Foundation, which is Krokowa's Centre for European Meetings, established in 1990 plays an active part in this reconciliation.
Krokowa is also active in promoting and strenghtening its Kashubian cultural connections. Kashubians are indigenous inhabitants of this part of Pomerania and originally settled here in the fourth centuray AD. Kashubia has its own language and you will see street signs and other names in Kashubian around Krokowa. In the Regional Museum, there are demonstrations of Kashubian art and crafts.
Krokowa may be a small village in terms of size but in terms of its vision and the part it plays in the social and cultural context of the area, it is very important.
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