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Re: Red Baron's death notice found in his Polish homeland
Point taken, but I don’t think there is a nexis with Normandy. The whole thing with Poznan is that Poles consider it the cradle of their nationhood. There were always Poles in Poznan, and Germans only moved in large numbers under Bismarck and pursued aggressive policies designed to Germanize the Poles.
Ironically, Poles did the same exact thing in Ukraine and Belarus. There were many historic Polish language usage books for that area as well Hans. Look what’s left today.
No one can argue the same about Wroclaw (Breslau), Swidnica, or Szczecin, who were German throughout history. There may be some ancient links about some Polish chieftain leading a military expedition in the 9TH century (which Polish communists exploited after WWII), but historical facts are facts. Poles from Kresy moved there after WWII.
The “German feel and look” you refer to isn’t German. It’s called “Polska A” - the traditional more Western side of Poland. Remember before Poland unified with Lithuania (which probably led to the downfall of Poland in the 18th cent., forcing her to fight wars she had no business fighting) it was relatively small and commercial, and rulers emphasized commercial ties with what is now Germany (Madgerburg Law, free trade agreements, etc). Thus many of those cities may have the “look” you refer to, since they date back to 13th and 14th centuries.
I always find it amazing how history continues to shape that part of the world today.