Historical-Topographical Atlas of Silesian Towns

Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Peter Haslinger, Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Kreft
Project Staff: Dariusz Gierczak M.A., PD Dr. Christian Lotz, Dipl.-Ing. Marc Friede

The town atlas—realised in collaboration with Polish, Czech and German partners—intends to offer an impression of the topographic development of the settlement of 34 selected Silesian towns from the 19th to the 21st century. Contemporary map representations, aerial photographs, drawings, photographs, press reports, film clips, as well as the specially compiled maps provide a graphic insight into the settlement development.

Web application

The web application is under construction and is therefore unavailable at the moment.  

YouTube: Görlitz/Zgorzelec – Stadtentwicklung bis ins 21. Jahrhundert

Atlas volumes

Parallel to the online version, the research results will be published in the form of individual volumes for each town. In addition to the complete texts on the development of the respective towns written by an international team of authors and the edited maps at a scale of 1:25,000, these also include an extensive bibliography.

The following atlas volumes are available:
Görlitz/Zgorzelec (2010), German/Polish, 19 Euro
Opole/Oppeln (2011), Polish/German, 19 Euro
Węgliniec/Kohlfurt (2012), Polish/German, 19 Euro
Nowa Sól/Neusalz (2013), Polish/German, 19 Euro
Wrocław/Breslau (2016), German, 35 Euro
Wrocław/Breslau (2016), Polish, 25 Euro
Wrocław/Breslau (2016), English, 40 Euro


In addition to volume 5, a montage of 27 vertical aerial photographs of Breslau/Wrocław in 1944 was published as a poster. The montage not only gives a fascinating overview of the city, it also allows for a critical evaluation of city maps: Many plans and maps, in particular during the Second World War, did not show sites of armament factories or strategic parts of the city’s infrastructure. The reverse side of the poster gives examples of such maps and provides some explanations.

Tracing Silence on Maps / Kartografische Leerstellen, English/German,
folded EUR 5.00
rolled EUR 9.00

The atlas volumes and posters can be ordered at our publisher:
Tel. + 49 6421 184 125
Fax + 49 6421 184 210
E-mail: vertrieb@herder-institut.de