whilst Polish minority in Germany
(over 2 million people) doesn't have similar rights.
Are these rights denied to them or is it simply because they are not interested? If it is the latter, then they should get up from their lazy *sses and get something done in that department, instead of just moaning and whining about not having "rights". Germany is a free and decent country, I'm sure that if the Poles living there would start something political there, they would participate in the German government too. But I know, it's easier to whine about it and do nothing, than it is not to whine and actually do something about it, eh?
Poles want to immigrate to Germany (Polonia in Germany biggest in Europe and second biggest overall)
Germans don't want to immigrate to Poland (in big numbers)
Poles want to immigrate into any Western country in large numbers :)
But Bratwurst, I'm sure you are aware of the fact that Germany has the largest count of minorities living OUTSIDE her borders in Europe? There are German minorities just about everywhere in Europe.
Which was so much worse than slaughtering, putting into gas chambers and using bodies
to make soap. Yeah, that was a TERRIBLE POLISH REVENGE on the Germans - making
them leave at gunpoint. Those feckin bloodthirsty Poles...
Don't be sarcastic, Torq. Leave that to me :)
only recenly there are 2 Polish people in German parliament - but both represent regular political parties
Should they have a seperate party for the Poles in Germany, then? Well - if that happens, it'll probably premiere in NL as we have political parties for everything.
Some ethnic Germans did collaborate with Hitler because they were given a rotten choice to be mistreated with Poles or declare themselves German. Some were openly for Hitler. But most were just simple farmers who did not care about Germany, but lost their homes due to Hitler. Some stayed because they loved Poland and did not want to emmigrate to Germany.
That's actually a very good point, Softsong, the Germans in Silesia were caught between a rock and a hard place. But as usual resentment rides high in post war days and mistakes do happen. I think in the first place they felt Silesian
. Maybe you want to compare the treatment of Japanese ppl in the US after Pearl Harbor.
Another thing is: ppl nowadays are so quick to condemn the contemporaries of supporting Hitler, but you have to place yourself into the mindframe of the times: there you have the actual choice of a life of unemployment, misery, poverty and you have a guy who promises work, a strong nation, no more poverty and misery. Ok, he may have some crazy sh*t he is talking about, but ah well, that's just rethorics, the soup probably isn't eaten as hot as it's served, he won't do that anyway. So what do you do if you are faced with these choices. From hindsight it's always easier to say that you would prefer poverty, but that would make you a liar as I think that the choice would be obvious. Not that I condone these choices, but I do understand why ppl chose for Hitler. It's not for nothing that NEARLY EVERY country (except perhaps the USSR) looked upon Germany in the 1930's with admiration and kinda wished they were able to do the same. Yes, that goes for Poland too.
M-G (amazingly clear, considering an alcoholic evening)