nott: There were few Germans left in Silesia after the war
Well, that seems to be a misconception.
No, this is a point of view. :)
Sure it wasn't very popular after the war but there seemed to be many more Germans left than previously thought.
Granted. My post was a simplification, and I don't deny it. Some of them survived as long as 1990ies and suddenly we had an official German minority. In the Opole area there are places with dual-language road-signs. At least there were last time I checked.
Only Germans were drafted into the Wehrmacht (till nearly the end of the war as they grabbed everybody), so Volksliste I or II mainly...
Now here our versions would differ, although I can't back mine with hard scientific evidence, but anecdotal data only. Namely, I have met people whose grandpas were drafted and sent to defend the civilisation. Families with a strong Polish-Silesian identity.
All those Silesians who were able to digg out "grandpa's Wehrmacht papers" had every right to german citizenship!
And that were alot!
Quite. And they were happy to exploit this German foible. My experience is of families which had a proud tradition of a grandgrandpa in Silesian insurrections, and a useful history of a grandpa in Wehrmacht. Which did not mean that during the 20 years of the Polish independence they changed their allegiance so dramatically. They kept it unchanged until the migration, and sometimes even longer. If longer then in terms of sentiment, rather, than actual loyalty.
PS: Another misconception seems to be that Poles talk about the polish Silesia when they say "Silesia", but we mean mostly the german Silesia where the overwhelming majority had been German for centuries and who voted to stay in Germany after WWI. Germans fair and square!
As I said, till Christmas :) Then we will reconcile.
Uff. Silesia was first (in the historical span) Celtic, then there were Wandals, then Slavs, who melted into Poles. This lasted until Poland lost its grip on Silesia, with, ehem, Czechia (Bohemia) benefiting. Silesia was predominantly under Czech influence or allegiance, for about 600 years, but the local princes were mostly from the 100% Polish Piast dynasty, and the plebs was Polish. Uncomfortable fact is, that they readily adopted German culture and language, them impeccable Polish princes... so even the German speaking local Piast looked towards Cracow, rather, than to the west. Quite often. Somehow inevitably, the whole area, through Czekia, become almost totally Germanized.
With the exception of the Upper Silesia, Opole (Oppeln), Raciborz (Rattberg?), and Beskid Slaski, which remained a border zone, with a strong Polish majority. And this was what I was speaking of. My Silesia. Which rebelled, successfully (3rd insurrection) against the partial verdict of the Western plebiscite commission deciding that most of the Upper Silesia should belong to Germany.
My Silesia ended just between Zabrze (Hindengurg?)and Gliwice (Gleiwitz), and that's why Darek can say that he never heard Silesian dialect in Gliwice. He heard Wolynian drawl. Now, everybody in Gliwice claims his grandpa had a house in Lwów, high street, with shops.
In the official Polish census, 153,000 people declared German nationality, though up to 500,000 or more may be of German ancestry
Pfff, I'd say more. Poles are a nation of mongrels. With Germans it helped that the western border was actually the most quiet throughout the history. Germans migrated to Poland over ages, often adopting Polish culture quite easily.