I know what Hitler wanted, but i think we should judge poeople for what they did. Not for what they wanted to do.
Soviets killed in Katyn over 200 000 polish elite (prefessors, genreals, doctors).
For many years Russia lied about Katyn, saying that Nazis did it.
Till this day they did not apoligize (Germans at least admit to what Nazis did and apologized many times).
Did you eaver hear about Hlodomor?
Stalin starved to death (murdered) over 7 000 000 Ukrainians (yes seven million), that was 27% of the whole nation, 20 000 Polaks died also.
Also soldiers who fought for Poland were discriminated, accused for terrorism, send to Siberia to camps, prosons, or killed.
So what there was a Polish state, when it was illegal to be a patriot, most products were made for Russia. It was all a big lie.
I personally think i'd rather die in a country which fought till the end, and got destroyed with pride, than give up and live like a slave.
One more thing. On the first battle of WWII in Westerplatte.
After 7 days when the major gave up, nazis aressted him with honor, gratulated him he lasted so long (150 Poles against 2500(?) Germans)
Sovietes never treated anyone with honor, they did what they could to imbaress their enemy.
And i think you know who completely destroyed Gdansk....
The loyality of the German speaking Danzigers went to a multi-ethnical and multi-cultural Polish state and King, not to a modern Polish nation state.
What about Jan Sobieski?
He was very respected in Gdansk.
Even J. Hevelius named a star system to honor him.
And what about Stanislaw Leszczynski? Gdansk supported him insted of August II (who was from Saxony)
They were 100% polish kings.
I notized many times that some Poles try to overstate the Flemish and Dutch element of the historic Danzig city culture in order to diminish the German one.
But was there a united german country in XIV-XV century?
I thought there were seperate states (saxony, brandenburgia etc)
If you look at the buildings in Gdansk they look just like in Harlem or Antwerpien.
The most important builders of Gdansk (like van den Blocke) were flemish, some were german, but they came to Poland, because they had to leave their home countries because of religion problems. Gdansk (i think the whole Poland at that time) was a city of freedom for religion.
I would say "germans not welcome in their country, moved to a country which welcomed them with open hands to buld their towns" insted of "germans came to build german town" ;)
I agree about the language, but lower german was used in all Hanza towns, including Latvia, Lithunia, Sweden and i think a little part of nort-west Russia.
But it was a union of baltic cities - not a seperate country.