The following links provide the reader with various views of Wylkowiszki. They give an impression of the daily lives of the people, and where and how they lived. In some instances the German “ch” has replaced the Polish “z” in the spelling of Wylkowischki versus Wylkowiszki.
During World War I when the Germans controlled the area, the military scenes of some of the views reflect the German influence. (Look for a future post on the Ober Ost, the German military administration for the Eastern Front.)
A variety of religions is also evident: Catholic, Orthodox, and Jewish. The Jewish community was particularly proud of its old synagogue with its beautiful holy ark. A picture of the “evangelische” (i. e. Lutheran) church has not been located. The twin-spired Roman Catholic church still stands, restored after destruction in WWII.
The town was laid out around a “market square” which was also used for military maneuvers. The open space allowed for a large display of products, footpaths, and wagons and was in contrast to other administrative centers where a courthouse might be regarded as the center of town.