Archive for September, 2018

The village is the only official ghost town in Poland, it is in the voivodeship of West Pomeranian and abandoned, as of 1993. It was originally a German training ground for a branch of Nazi’s and then after World War II, a base for the Red Army, only existing on Russian Military maps thanks to that. Once they withdrew in 1993 it became vacant.

Originally the area was a small settlement, Westfalenhoft, and in the 1930’s the Wehrmacht planners built a large military base. A polish newspaper from the 1939 reported the numbers of personnel at 600,000. In the Autumn of 1939 the German’s then opened a POW camp at the site, by November 1939 there were 6,000 Polish soldiers and 2,300 Polish civlians. It was renamed to Oflag II D Gross-Born in June, 1940 and was used for French Officers and Polish POW’s from the other camps. Westfalenhoft was eventually taken over by the Red Army in January 1945. It was officially Polish territory but it was occupied and held by the Soviet Union. The Polish were not allowed entry, it was renamed Grodek and the village was not named on Polish maps.

The parts of the base not needed were razed by Red Army servicemen, the base had around 6,000 Russian soldiers. The debris from the village was sent back to Warsaw, used to help rebuild the city. When it was vacated as part of the collapse of the Soviet Union the area was handed back to the Polish. It was guarded by the Polish army for a year, after which it was handed over to civilian authorities.

There was an attempt to sell the area for redevelopment but it did not happen, there were other suggestions like turning it into a drug rehabilitation centre, or perhaps a prison but it’s also worth noting anything of monetary value has already been looted. In 2011 I found reference to five residents but there is no bus route there and the nearest shop is 4km away, so it’s not likely to be a cosy place to stay.

I first came across notes about the area on a show called Stupid Man, Smart Phone. Whilst it is a ghost town it is not abandoned and is regularly visited, and seems to be a tourist spot for some. Have you been?

Kłomino.jpg
By RzuwigOwn work, Public Domain, Link

 

This strange beast goes under many names, referring to a beast/animal that was photographed near Cerro Azul, Panama, in September 2009. The creature was reported having reputedly been killed by a group of teenagers and the pictures taken of the corpse were then sent to the Panama television station, Telemetro. The creature was then circulated via the good old power of the media, suggestions about what it was included a hairless sloth, a new creature or an alien species.

In the end the parts of it that could be found were biopsied by the National Environmental Authority of Panama. The conclusion was that the creature was a brown-throated sloth. It had an odd appearance that had been caused by underwater decomposition and that had resulted in the hair-loss. Satisfied they had solved the mystery the remains were buried.

A similar story to this was the Montauk Monster, New York area in July 2008. Again the story captured interest and eventually it was a 2009 episode of Monster Quest that decided it was most likely the remains of a racoon.

I keep looking for news on new and interesting creates, but these two sadly show that often it is a lack of our knowledge about nature and not a cryptid or alien being.

Raccoon climbing in tree - Cropped and color corrected.jpg
By David Menkehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Raccoon_climbing_in_tree.jpg, Public Domain, Link