/ So happy to be Polish-American
I just got my Ancestry DNA results back; huge surprise:
It turns out that I am mostly Polish -- 38%. Next is Slovakia at 20% and French at 18%. Russian a scant 5%; English at 8%. Ireland 8%. Belgium/Lichenstein 3%.
It gets confusing in Europe. My grandfather was born in Belarus -- and Tarasovic is a Russian name. But the DNA says Polish. There were many catholic Polish people living in Belarus - 40%, so it appears my ancestors were one of them.
So being Polish is cool. Damn, we were constantly being controlled by Germanic states or Russia - back and forth. Both Russia and Germany made a mess in Poland and being occupied by either was horrific. But the Poles are a proud race! Did you know that the kingdom of Poland and Lithuania were an empire in the 1600s? They then dominated the Germanic States and Russia - having occupied Moscow in 1610.
Of interest: Poland under King John III were the main armies that kept Islam from spreading to Europe when they stopped them at Vienna. Poland is right now one of the only European nations (along with Russia and Slovakia) to deny the current invasion of Muslims from Syria - choosing instead to preserve their Christian Culture and deny the marauding invaders from committing the atrocities that are happening right now in Sweden , Germany and France (but don't get reported.)
Poland is one of the few European nations that does not have gun control. People are allowed to protect themselves. Isn't it interesting that Poland also has the lowest crime rate in Europe!