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If you left Poland while it was under Communism, could you go back?


KattieKittie 1 | -
5 Dec 2012  #1
My friend told me that if you left Poland while it was under Communism to go to university in another country, you weren't able to return. Is this true?
berni23 7 | 379
5 Dec 2012  #2
Most certainly not. You can get your passport back at any embassy.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,388
5 Dec 2012  #3
My friend told me that if you left Poland while it was under Communism to go to university in another country, you weren't able to return. Is this true?

It's false
berni23 7 | 379
5 Dec 2012  #4
oops, i misread that
anyway in both cases wrong ;)
Harry
5 Dec 2012  #5
if you left Poland while it was under Communism to go to university in another country, you weren't able to return. Is this true?

It's not true that you were not able to, but you might well not want to.
Trevek 26 | 1,702
6 Dec 2012  #6
I believe there was a sneaky kind of tax brought in at one point, where if you were the holder of a foreign passport but originally a Polish citizen, you could enter the country but couldn't leave until you pruchased a new Polish one.
Zibi - | 336
6 Dec 2012  #7
Where did you get that one from?
garnitex - | 2
6 Dec 2012  #8
It's not true that you were not able to, but you might well not want to.
Lenka 3 | 1,547
6 Dec 2012  #9
Sometimes you couldn't come back because the government took your passport.That was the case with some Jews.They got "one way ticket".The same case was with some ppl that emigrated to Germany(although I'm not sure if it wasn't the Germans that asked you to give away your Polish citizenship).

But I never heard about a person that couldn't come back only because they were studying abroad.
Harry
6 Dec 2012  #10
I believe there was a sneaky kind of tax brought in at one point, where if you were the holder of a foreign passport but originally a Polish citizen, you could enter the country but couldn't leave until you pruchased a new Polish one.

It's actually that Polish citizens are only permitted to identify themselves to Polish officials by use of Polish documents. So if you qualify for a Polish passport, you must use a Polish passport when entering and leaving Poland.
berni23 7 | 379
6 Dec 2012  #11
The same case was with some ppl that emigrated to Germany(although I'm not sure if it wasn't the Germans that asked you to give away your Polish citizenship).

When was that?
Post war? Socialist era? Post socialist? After 2000?
Lenka 3 | 1,547
6 Dec 2012  #12
Socialist.
berni23 7 | 379
6 Dec 2012  #13
Germans didnt care about dual citizenship until 9/11 and the BS that followed.
On the other hand my parents had no problems with getting a konsularny "back" either, although that was in the early 90ties.
Lenka 3 | 1,547
6 Dec 2012  #14
Germans didnt care about dual citizenship until 9/11 and the BS that followed.

I'm not quite sure how it was.From my uncle story there were two options:
-you got German citizenship in Poland and then went to Germany (that's when you lost your Polish citizenship)
-you went to Germany and applied for German citizenship there (then no-one cared about your Polish citizenship)
beckski 12 | 1,617
8 Dec 2012  #15
My cousins fled Poland with their family, while they were merely children. They're now in their thirties. They go back to visit our relatives, approximately every other year.
berni23 7 | 379
8 Dec 2012  #16
-you got German citizenship in Poland and then went to Germany (that's when you lost your Polish citizenship)

I hadnt thought of that.
Zibi - | 336
8 Dec 2012  #17
Germans were smart. All they asked was (more or less) do you feel German based on (whatever)..... Once them Poles (aka German descendants) said "yes" (in WRITING) they enjoyed the privileges endowed upon them. No one after that would willingly renege on that, obviously. It would have been too costly to give back all that money back. And so be it.
Trevek 26 | 1,702
10 Dec 2012  #18
Where did you get that one from?

Ah, got it slightly wrong. It applied to people born outside of Poland: polonia.wikia.com/wiki/Passport_trap

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_nationality_law


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