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Reconciling history, Polish district puts up bilingual Polish-German signs

 
 
Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 01:14 pm
In Germany, we've got since ages bilingual signs along the border to Denmark (for the Danish minority) and Poland (for the Sorbian minority) as well as for the Frisians in the north and northwest of Germany.


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Map courtesy of the Southslesvigian Organization “Sydslesvigsk Forening”



Although the political climate between Poland and Germany - especially during the last couple of months - hasn't been the best, local people/authorities in Poland now seem start "an attempt to reconcile the area's troubled history":


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Online report at Deutsche Welle:
Polish District Puts Up Bilingual Polish-German Signs
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 01:34 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
You now, the war was bloody, Poles were systematically exterminated, I hear thet 50% of Polish teachers were killed. When the underground killed one German soldier, several dozen Poles were killed in retaliation.
It's the Opole region, the center of the German minority. Tensions grow throughout Poland. I see a return of anti-German propaganda which we haven't had since 1989.
Simple thinking: Soon America will be 50% non-white (2042, according to estimates), and then for example it may be disarmed like South Africa. The next step: Russia or Germany invade Poland. This fear is growing, for Poles everything hinges on America's military strength, like for many nations in Central Europe.
The expelled Germans in FRG are active, oppose the Yalta order (Erika Steinbach). Germany is overpopulated (twice the density in Poland). Germans are very active economically inside Poland (newspapers, plants, sale of cars).
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