And while living in the area, they did not suddenly find themselves living in a different country
You'll twist it in any direction just to defend a losing cause, won't you? The word-equilibristic won't affect the reality you know.
lost their Polish identity very quickly, my family history can attest to that.
Now I can see where that spark of intelligence of yours is coming from.
Germans in Poland are Polonized. Nor they cultivate any German traditions. Does it mean that Poland can striped them off their minority rights?Another interesting question is: at what point we should stop considering them a minority in Poland?
At the beginning of the 90's around 300 000 Polish citizens has declared that they belong to 'German minority' and in the year 2011 only 150 000 did so.
The minority is disintegrating by two factors: they are being assimilated within the Polish society and they are dying out at the same time.
Either way they won't be even an ethnic minority in Poland soon. So I think that the "German question" will just solve itself naturally
Even the votes for German minority representatives has halved in just 15 years between 1997-2011 in opole region which is a crib of 'German minority' in Poland:
w 1997 - 2 mandaty (16,96% głosów na Opolszczyźnie, 0,39% w skali kraju)
w 2001 - 2 mandaty (13,62% głosów na Opolszczyźnie, 0,36% w skali kraju)
w 2005 - 2 mandaty (12,92% głosów w województwie opolskim, 0,29% w skali kraju)
w 2007 - 1 mandat (8,81% głosów w województwie opolskim, 0,20% w skali kraju)
w 2011 - 1 mandat (8,50% głosów w województwie opolskim, 0,19% w skali kraju)