Poland and Polish Discussion Group and Forum

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Germans in Poland after 1945

I've just discovered that I had German relatives in a small town called Betsche before the second world war. The town is now Polish. Would the family still be there?

Did many germans remain after the borders were changed in 1945, and Germany became Poland? Where did they go?

Re: Germans in Poland after 1945

Betsche is now called Pszczew. The population of the town is now entirely Polish. Before 1945 it was entirely German. When the Russians approached in 1945 most of the population fled their houses and were never able to return. Those that remained were either killed or were expelled. The borders were redrawn and Germany became Poland.

Most likely your relatives are now somewhere in Germany, i.e. West of the Oder (Odra) river.

Re: Germans in Poland after 1945

Small number of Germans remained in some areas given to Poland in 1945. Most left.