Trafika Europe 2 - Polish Nocturne
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All photos in this issue were taken in eastern Poland

between 2005-2009, as part of the

Karczeby

project.

Karczeby, one of the dialects spoken in eastern Poland, is a

mixture of Polish and Belorussian. People there strongly

attached to the soil they cultivated for generations were

called

Karczebs

. With their bare hands, Karczebs cleared

forests in order to grow crops.

The word Karczeb was also used to describe what remains

after a tree is cut down

a trunk with roots, which remains

stuck in the ground. This also applied to people

it was not

easy for the authorities to root them out from their land,

even in Stalinist times. The price they paid for their

attachment to their soil was often their freedom or life.

After death, buried near his farmland, a Karczeb himself

became the soil, later cultivated by his descendants.