To obliterate the traces of war, trees were planted all over. That is why Wrocław soon came to be dubbed a green city. For a large part, the greenery was a German legacy, impressive in comparison with the rest of Poland even though Wrocław had fallen short of other German cities in terms of green spaces. Patches of green tended to be laid down completely at random in very odd places… A house was destroyed in the war, so we sweep up quickly, plant trees, sow grass around, and a small public garden is ready. Besides, parks were set up where cemeteries had been before. This is also a way of covering traces with plants. And only people who go strolling there find a tomb shrine or a piece of a cross buried under the leaves. There’re places with just one tombstone remaining, for example a weeping angel, and this is the only sign that the area used to be a graveyard; nothing else around implies it any more.
I have a small garden with old apple trees. I call them “post-German apple trees.” They are good for nothing now, but they are post-German and I must not touch them. And what if they are, perhaps, not post-German at all? I’ve no idea, but they look old.