• Short Summary

    These impressions and scenes of present-day Warsaw were brought back to London by VISNEWS staff cameraman, Bill McConville, who travelled to the Polish capital on April 8th on the first British European Airways flight linking London and Warsaw direct.

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    These impressions and scenes of present-day Warsaw were brought back to London by VISNEWS staff cameraman, Bill McConville, who travelled to the Polish capital on April 8th on the first British European Airways flight linking London and Warsaw direct.

    Of all the scenes in Warsaw today, the one most typifies present-day Poland is that of the middle-aged lady sitting drinking thin vegetable soup in the Ciuchy (Warsaw's Open Market) waiting for someone to come along and buy the cosmetics a friend has sent her as a birthday present. The people of Warsaw have no need of cosmetics - and much need of food.

    Warsaw is a city without frivolity or wasted effort. The workers - and that means almost the entire population - start at six-o-clock in the morning, work until two, and then finish for the day. Eight hours is the regulated time, and there is no overtime. Much of what they produce is exported - a great deal of it to England - and what does come to the home market is much too expensive for the average pocket. There are no rick people in Warsaw - only the more successful workers. There is no "nobility" since the annexation of land and property, and the allocation of living space is universally based on family size at six cubic metres per person including children. People are tending to have large families in order to increase their "living room". How flats are going up, slowly, but there is not much money in the Government's building fund. Men and women work side by side even in the heaviest industries.

    The University is crowded with State-bursared students. High n the list of subjects taught here and in the schools is English, and that, coupled with the English, American and continental films shown in the cinema and the popular English and American music played on the radio is giving the youth of Warsaw an outward look. Many would like to travel abroad, of course, but need a sponsor at the destination before being allowed a visa to leave the country.

    Since the rise to power of the Gomulka Government, most people feel that a veil has been lifted in Poland. Everyone our cameraman talked to felt free to speak.

    The enormous Russian-built Palace of Culture which dominates the skyline of the city of Warsaw from all angles is regarded as over-ornate and ostentatious, which more popular, and in sympathy with the resurgent moods of the people, is the rebuilding of old Warsaw from plans discovered in the archives, when the layout of the squares and houses themselves are exactly as they were over 200 years ago. Though begun under Russian influence, the people of Warsaw have taken this gesture to their hearts.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6HL6KI3EH5JMRYBEB5ZY87D9D
    Media URN:
    VLVA6HL6KI3EH5JMRYBEB5ZY87D9D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:09:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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