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Warsaw Poland, My family is a part of its history, The Baumwoll’s are there from 1740, Come visit my new page

When I began my blog a little over 2 years ago. I knew nothing of where I came from and really who I was or where my family came from. And nothing about our history . Now this has all been found. As I wrote about my grandfather in and earlier post. He only told us he was from Belgium. In fact he only went threw there coming to America. In 1910, My great grandfather had come just months earlier in 1910. Met by his sister. My great grandmother and my grandfathers four sisters came with my great grandmother also later that same year 1910. There oldest son came in the following year.
I have just begun to work with Warsaw State Archives, the Jewish Historical Institute And the Main Warsaw Cemetery . I am so overwhelmed by what they have helped me to uncover. So far we have found over 20 Baumwolls From my great great grandparents to many great great Aunts and Uncle. To be in one city for 250 years. To have found them to know there names and see there gravestones and how they are remember .There are many blessings

Visit my new Warsaw Poland Page, To see films of Warsaw before the war. To see the city as it was and the Jewish people who called this great city there home.

Below are links to other pages about Warsaw:

Videos about Warsaw Poland Before 1940

Cemeteries In Warsaw Poland

Nozyk Synagogue – Only Surviving Synagogue in Warsaw

Jewish Documentaries

City of Ruins (Miasto Ruin) – Film about Warsaw’s Destruction in WWII

In this still from the film “City of Ruins”, provided by The Warsaw Uprising Museum and Platige Image, the ruins of bridges on the Vistula River are seen in Warsaw in 1944 after the uprising.Polish historians have created an unusual 3D film that documents the shocking sea of rubble that Warsaw was reduced to during World War II. AP Photo/Warsaw Uprising Museum and Platige Image. By: Monika Scislowska, Associated Press Writer WARSAW (AP).- Polish historians have created an unusual 3D film that documents the shocking sea of rubble that Warsaw was reduced to during World War II. Jan Oldakowski, the director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, said the film “City of Ruins” is mainly meant for young people who do not realize the degree to which Poland’s capital was destroyed from 1939-45. “Young people do not understand what it means that Warsaw was in ruins; they think it was just a few collapsed houses,” Oldakowski said during a showing of the film to reporters in Warsaw. “Nor were we, at the museum, fully aware of what the city looked like.” The destruction was the result of bombings carried out by Nazi Germany, which invaded Poland in 1939 and occupied it for six years, killing millions of people. Most of the damage resulted from the German army’s revenge for the city’s 1944 uprising against its brutal rule. Although the uprising failed, it remains an important element of Polish national identity. The heroism shown by the insurgents — among them women and teenagers — is a source of deep pride to this day. Oldakowski said it took 40 specialists two years to make the five-minute 3D aerial view sequence, a simulation of an imaginary flight over the city right after the war in 1945. It will be shown at the museum, which documents the 1944 uprising and is a major draw for tourists and students from across the country. Last year, it had some 500,000 visitors. Michal Gryn, from the Platige Image studio which made the film, said the team was not aware at first of the challenge before them in the form of the masses of documentary material they had to go through. “It was a unique project to build a 3D model of authentic city ruins and make five minutes of film from it,” Gryn said. “I don’t think that anyone in the world has done this.” His team took a helicopter flight over contemporary Warsaw to film base material. They filled it in with detail from some 2,000 historic pictures, films and paintings to recreate Warsaw as it was after the war. The result is a computer simulation that shows collapsed bridges along the Vistula River, whole districts of roofless, burned-out houses and the Warsaw Ghetto as a flat sea of rubble. An inscription that closes the film says that before the war some 1.3 million people lived in Warsaw, some 900,000 at the start of the uprising and just 1,000 amid the ruins in 1945. Before the war, some 10 percent of the city’s population was Jewish. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. Warsaw Uprising Museum | Jan Oldakowski | Rare 3D Film | WWII |

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By Piotr Pilat
WARSAW | Fri Aug 6, 2010 5:41am EDT
(Reuters) – Visitors to the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising will now be able to grasp the scale of devastation inflicted on the Polish capital by Nazi German forces in World War Two with the help of a 3D film.

Adolf Hitler brutally suppressed the 1944 uprising, reducing the once-elegant, bustling city of 1.3 million to a burning shell whose ruins sheltered fewer than 1,000 people.

The six-minute film “City of Ruins” simulates the flight of an allied B-25 bomber of the type that flew sorties with supplies for the insurgents during their 63 days of struggle that have become a symbol of Poland’s resistance to tyranny.

Using historical images and records, it recreates a detailed city model as it was after the uprising, with bridges across the Vistula River destroyed and whole districts including the Jewish Ghetto completely leveled.

“The film City of Ruins was made because we couldn’t use words and black and white photographs to describe what Warsaw looked like at the beginning of 1945,” said Jan Oldakowski, director of the museum.

“When we met guests from abroad, we felt they don’t understand, that they consider scenes from (Roman Polanski’s movie) “The Pianist” when the pianist Szpilman walks through destroyed Warsaw as a beautiful artistic metaphor, not reality.”

The release of the film, which is intended to be viewed with 3D glasses, is timed to coincide with the 66th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Uprising on August 1, 1944.

Most of the destruction of the city resulted from the German army’s revenge for the uprising against their brutal rule.

UNIQUE SIMULATION

Michal Gryn, from the Platige Image studio which made the film, said it exceeds anything achieved before in 3D animation.

“This is a world-scale project because even the biggest Hollywood studios haven’t done anything like this, haven’t created a virtual city and filmed it in one shot,” he said.

“There have been dozens, probably hundreds of war movies with shots of a destroyed city, but these last at most a few dozen seconds,” Gryn said.

Gryn first filmed modern day Warsaw from a helicopter and later filled the pictures with detail from some 2,000 historic pictures, films and paintings from the museum archives, recreating the city building by building, street by street.

“The more elements in a scene, the more buildings and rubble, the more time is needed for the computer to process it. Here we have 7,500 frames. One frame takes two hours to render. We had over 100 of the most advanced computers rendering this film for two months,” Gryn added.

The museum is a major tourist attraction and drew 500,000 visitors last year.

The Soviet-backed communist regime rebuilt Warsaw virtually from scratch after the war, including its graceful Old Town of neo-classical buildings as well as apartment and office blocks in the Socialist Realism style favoured by Poland’s new masters.

Today, Warsaw is again a vibrant business and administrative hub of nearly 2 million people.

(Writing by Gareth Jones, editing by Angus MacSwan)

Warsaw is a city very painfully experienced by history. For being a significant and dramatic events during the Second World War, paid the ultimate price – almost ceased to exist. Disappeared respected cultural center, disappeared impressive neoclassical palaces, art nouveau buildings, parks, squares. Gone all the infrastructure before the war considered to be one of the most modern in Europe.

On the ruins of Warsaw was completely new – the memory of the old closed in albums and memories of people. Today, no one is even able to imagine how impressive and inspiring was the city ..
With my own eyes!

We give you Warsaw, they do not know! For the first time after 66 years! Throughout the pre-war architectural splendor of the metropolis! Meticulously reconstructed in 3D!

See the city, which before the war was enchanted the whole of Europe, describing them as Paris of the North!

Warsaw’s reconstruction project in 3D technology is the work of studio animation and VFX Newborn of Praga district. Originator, Thomas Gomola,
already 3 years ago planned to reconstruct the historic original building in Warsaw and restore the unique atmosphere of the city.

wanted to re-establish the memory of the former glory of the Polish capital. But it was the studio Newborn and napping in his band made a huge creative potential, the idea of reconstruction becomes final, the impressive shape. Work on the “Warsaw 1935” lasted nearly three years.

The scale and breadth of this project is the fact that it is a project without precedent. No one had ever made such a challenge.
Newborn planned and carried out the entire production process, from the very beginning, working quietly. Everything you see will soon come to life …

Warsaw 1935
Country of production: Poland
Production year: 2011
3D movie
3D Album

ABOUT THE PROJECT
Warsaw in all its splendor
pre-war metropolis! Meticulously reconstructed in the film
completed in 3D technology!
See the town, which before the war would marvel at the whole of Europe,
defining them as the Paris of the North!
The project “Warszawa 1935” discovers a whole new image our
the recent past. Available old photographs reveal only the outline of the shape
the city, building incomplete image beautifully, cultural richness and
the meaning of Warsaw just 75 years ago.
The first taxi, gas lanterns, asphalted roads, beautiful, dangerous
the first races, Poland, Polish aircraft, fashion and beauty canons
Ladies and distinguished gentlemen. Theatres, cinemas, art and film.
Times abounding in proposing technical solutions and visions
the mad progress, but also in many respects analogous to the present.
The great depression of the 1930s-1920s, with all its consequences. Difficult politics,
Unfortunately, the effects of which we know.
THE CONCEPT OF
Design for reconstruction of Warsaw in 3D technology is the work of Studio Newborn
SP. z o.o. animation and vfx with Warsaw, Prague, whose founder is Thomas
Gomoła and Ernest Rogalski.
The originator of the project is Tomasz Gomoła in 2007, the planned reconstruction
the true spirit of Warsaw and recreate the unique atmosphere of the city,
which form the transport architecture: the first taxis, gas lanterns,
asphalted roads. automobile and motorcycles. Fashion and beauty canons. Elegant women
and sophisticated men.
2 years ago Studio Newborn, make use of napping on his team
huge creative potential that made the idea of rebuilding began to quiz
the real, the impressive shape. About the scale and grandeur of this project provides
the fact that this project is without precedent. Nobody had made such a
challenges.
IMPLEMENTATION
Production of the film began over three years ago and today we are approaching to the day
premieres. Besides the unprecedented scale of the 3D scenery, a lot of effort required
meeting documentation, play architectural forms and the atmosphere only in
based on the available photographs.
Reconstruction of contemporary cars, trams and horse carriages also
required reference materials, access to which was not easy and required
long exploration and analysis. The most helpful source of information has proved
page maintained by true lovers and enthusiasts in Warsaw
zawiadujących from the years party www.warszawa1939.pl. From this place we respect and we are full recognition for their work, in addition we used Herder
Institut, Audio vis, Sky Scryper City and with the national archives in Warsaw.
The current stage of production are: the final rendering.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
“Newborn”-professional animation and post-production studio located on the
Warsaw, Prague.
Studio specializes in creating 3D animation, 2D, artwork, graphics,
computer and the implementation of any digital special effects on
film production and advertising needs. Always effectively trying to
each project, which it is born, met with warm reception from
part of the audience.

The Art of Healing: Art Exhibition launching the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center in Washington DC Art Advisory – 20 Healing Artists

I am so excited that  my partner Andrew Reach is among 19 other artists being represented by the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for the Healing Arts in Washington DC. They have begun a new Art Advisory after holding a call for entries to select 20 artists to represent. Smith Center is a non profit Health, Education and Arts Center helping people with Cancer with a holistic approach that includes art’s ability to transform and heal.

The other artists in the Art Advisory are: Joanna Axtmann, Cynthia Back, Carol Barsha, Joan Belmar, Natalya Borisovna-Parris, Anne Bouie, Carolyn Case, Kay Chernush, Nancy Cohen, John Cotterell, Alison Hall, Sharon Lee Hart, Shea Naer, Rachel Rotenburg, Valerie Theberge, Pamela Viola, Kazaan Viveiros, Tom Wagner, and Ellyn Weiss.

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON HUFFINGTON POST

Click here to read more about this exhibition
Click here to see Andrew’s Art Advisory Page

Installation – Andrew’s work “Bumps in the Road” at left

Opening Reception

Opening Reception