Damian Kuck-Doszko is a European with heart and soul. When he was still a little boy, he could only wave across the still closed border to the girls on the other side of the river. After the wall fell, he seized his freedom. After many stations in Poland and Germany, he got to Dublin – until his mother got ill. Damian knows: I want to be close to her. Görlitz and the popular restaurant “Jakobs” is happy and gets him as an addition. There, Damian oozes good mood and is a human bundle of energy. He can be found working the impressive Italian coffee machine, taking orders for drinks in German, English and Polish, taking care of the cash desk, while telling stories about his life.
The European town Görlitz-Zgorzelec is a German-Polish twin town. In 1945, the river Neiße divided the parts. Today, it unites the town. Many people naturally enjoy life in Poland and Germany, life here, work there. Meet in restaurants on one side, go dancing on the other.
This is, where the European idea comes to life. Yet, this did not come by easily. Citizens from Görlitz and Zgorzelec, who were separated for 40 years until 1989, need time to get to know each other. It was seen as a grand symbol, when Görlitz and Zgorzelec declared to be a European town in 1998. With the EU expansion in 2004, the town was perceived more in the heart of the continent. Yet, this alone does not make it a real European town. This is only possible thanks to the many interactions and cooperation with people. Today, almost 4,000 Polish citizens live in Görlitz, more than 10 per cent of Görlitz’s population are international citizens. This cooperative daily life provides a good basis for a successful development of the European town Görlitz-Zgorzelec. Attractive to people who see Europe as their home, without having to leave behind language, home and tradition.
We welcome you, come home. Come to the European town Görlitz-Zgorzelec.