That is incorrect. German Empire was based on repression and violation of minority rights. Its very own founding violated obligations by Prussia to respect autonomy of Poznan region made during Congress of Vienna.Yeah, evil german empire even its slightest minorities allowed their cultural freedom
A history of modern Germany, 1800-2000
Martin Kitchen - 2006 page 130
In areas where Germans and Poles lived side by side a virtual apartheid existed.
Nazi statistics are unreliable. But even they admitted that Polish Pomorze had overwheming Polish population.in Pommern there were in 1939 96% germans...and a few Kaschuben...and next-to-none poles.
As to the German held area-Poles were very active in Szczecin and in fact Nazi Germany murdered several of Polish activists there.
German was used in legal documentation just like I use english to communicate with you today. Anyway you aren't correct. Polish writings are found in most of the cities-Szczecin, Wrocław, Gdańsk.for the years from the beginning of cultural paper work till 1939 nearly NO documents on polish language there?
You are again incorrect. There are many historic Polish landmarks in those areas(Ostrów Tumski in Wrocław for example), nothing of polish influence before 1945?
since for the most part of their history they were part of Poland.
Poland in Middle Ages:SO hard to get real and acknowledge even after 65 years, that the so called "regained territories" got only 'polish"
http://elib.kkf.hu/poland/lengyel/histo ... age007.jpg
There never was an ethnic cleansing of German population. There was a simple elegant population-exchange, a process that before was awarded by Noble Peace Prize in regards to Turkey and Greece.by an ethnic cleansing towards 95% of its population,