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Changes in the Polish German Border

poland germany border changes

The border between Germany and Poland changed dramatically at the end of the Second World War; and areas which had been for many centuries been populated by ethnic Germans became part of a newly enlarged Poland. Large numbers of Germans were expelled from what had been Prussia, Germany and provinces like Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia; and their houses, property and land occupied by Polish speakers from the east of Poland and the Soviet Union, who had in many cases been displaced themselves from places their families had lived in for many generations.    

The subject is a fairly controversial one, which generates a wide range of differing opinions, but those interested might well begin their research of the subject by reading the following articles related to the period following the end of the second world war:

Germans Expelled from Poland after the War

The Border between Germany and Poland, post 1945

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