author was born in the Village of Zimna Woda, Poland (present day Zymna
Voda, Ukraine) before the start of WWII. I left the village (about) the
year 1943 during the mass exodus from the ravages of war and the
resurgence of the Russian Army that was pushing back the German
Wehrmacht. I returned to visit this village in 2001 as part of the
tracing of my roots and since then I have returned four times to repeat
the experience and to research my heritage and ancestry.
Zymna Voda is (today) a growing suburb of the City of L'viv (Ger:
Lemberg, Pol: Lwow). To say I fell in love with this city cannot do
justice to the many faces of this capital of the former autonomous
region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire - Galicia. My parents and
my grandparents lived within and nearby this wonderful city which was
surprisingly little damaged by World War II. Walking the wide avenues of
central L'viv, exploring the many iconic churches, chapels, the Opera
House, open-air markets, city hall, and numerous museums instilled in me
the feeling that I walked in the steps of my recent ancestors.
The one aspect of my travels to this metropolis was the intent to obtain
as many photos as may be found of this city during its golden ages.
Before 1860, daguerreotype process, or daguerreotypy, was the first
publicly announced photographic process and for nearly twenty years was
the one most commonly used. Images before that timeframe are virtually
impossible to find except in private collections or museums.
Fortunately, by 1860, new processes which were less expensive and
produced more easily viewed images had almost completely replaced it. As
such, many, many more actual photos were produced and survive to this
day. As a photo collector, I availed myself to many sources to obtain
copies of these old photos, digitize them, and record them for
posterity. In a few instances, old photos of L'viv were obtained from
"street peddlers" that offered these photos/images to foreign visitors.
Digitized dates range from 1997 to 2007 but the period covered is as
noted: 1860 - 1939.
Although my collection is not that intensive, it may be, nonetheless, of
interest to those that trace their roots to this city. And for those
that have an interest in viewing how this city evolved and survived, For
GGD members, I
am making available every image in my collection.
Follow this link
to see 445 pictures
For non-members, here is a sample of 6 pictures.
(click for a larger view)
Personal Use Only
These images were collected, digitized, and submitted by Ed
Rozylowicz to GGD for membership sharing. Viewing the images
is encouraged. If you wish to save any image, simply "right
click" on the image with your 'mouse' and select "Save Image
(Picture) As .." to save it on your computer (remember the
folder where the image is stored).
If you wish to downloading a higher resolution
version of these pictures, see below. Please be aware that this is FOR
PERSONAL USE ONLY, and only for GGD members.
In the event a
member wishes to use any of the images for purposes other than
personal (i.e., posting on other websites, publication, newsletters,
any commercial manner, etc.), the GGD member must obtain written
permission from the GGD webmaster prior to its non-personal use.
resolution copies have been broken up into 5 groups of about 20MB
each. Click on the relevant link below do download the ZIP file.
Windows 7 or higher will unZip the files, but If you do not have it
or any unZipper, there are many on Google search.