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Silesian Treasures

Silesia, a region full of historical and cultural riches, has often been the object of desire of European rulers throughout history. Today, most of it lies in Poland, crossed by the River Oder and characterised by cities such as Wrocław and Katowice. A German-Polish film team discovers Silesia's treasures: from Opole's natural beauty to the seemingly archaic coal mines that feed many mining families. They meet Jacek Paris, a lift operator who ensures the survival of his miners, and Elzbiéta, who finds rare orchids in an old Nazi amphitheatre. Tradition lives on in handmade crochet works, while modern gliders are created in Grunau. Wrocław, formerly Breslau, combines its painful history with living art and remembrance. The film team sheds light on a Silesia that embodies tradition and modernity in a united Europe.

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