Photographer's Note

Have you ever heard about Liubice? It was a Slavic settlement from which the present-day Lubeck derived its name from. I suppose many of you have not heard about Lubeck either but probably everyone heard about Hamburg which is a city very near Lubeck.

It is interesting how the history favours the winners, they write the history. In the middle ages Lubeck was a very important port along the coast of Baltic Sea. It was a capital seat of the Hanseatic League and most major Baltic Sea ports were controlled from here. Even at certain point decisions like who should be the king of Denmark were taken in Lubeck town hall (in this photo). Port towns like Bergen in Norway, Gdansk in Poland, Tallinn in Estonia and many more belonged to this trade organisation. However, when the sea route to North America was discovered, another port town appeared: Hamburg. After a while, for many reasons Lubeck and Baltic Sea trade became much less important than transatlantic trade. Hamburg is now the second largest city in Germany while Lubeck is just a little town known mainly for German tourists and for the connoisseurs of marzipan.

If you read about the history of Lubeck, many sources start on the day when German town was founded there but only few mention that before the German settlement there was a Slavic settlement in this area called Liubice. In fact, the area which covers the whole Eastern Germany before Germans was inhabited by Slavic nations. Recently, Fis2 has showed for example a reportage from Saxony where some traces of Slavic people living there still exist, mainly on cemeteries though. Some present-day German town names come from Slavic predecessors. I mentioned Lubeck which derives from Liubice (meaning “lovely”), but for example Potsdam originates from Slavic Poztupimi (meaning “under oaks”).

Read more about Liubice HERE.

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