many Germans still cannot quite shake that admitted stereotype of the Pole
I believe in many places, the stereotype of the Polish car thief has long been replaced by the picture of Turkish thugs. Don't forget that the generation which can remember life in Silesia, Pomerania and East Prussia has almost died out, and most of their children don't believe that old nonsense anyway.
The GRD was "occupied" after '89 by the BRD's capitalism.
Well, they asked for it, didn't they?