Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Prussian Claims Society want their Property in Poland back.

Some German - Polish news:

Germans file WWII claims against Poland

BERLIN - A group of Germans kicked out of Poland after World War II want restitution for lost property, arguing in a complaint that their human rights were violated when Eastern Europe's boundaries were redrawn and they were driven from their homes. The case has put fresh strains on German-Polish ties — a relationship still troubled by painful memories of Nazi brutalities.The Prussian Claims Society complaint filed with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in November stems from territorial rearrangements reached after the war by the victorious Allies — the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union — at the 1945 Potsdam conference.The Potsdam agreement gave large parts of eastern Germany to Poland, and the Germans living there were forced to leave. Large parts of eastern Poland ultimately went to the Soviet Union."The expulsion of the German population, according to some international legal experts, amounted to genocide, or at least to crimes against humanity with the purpose of dispossessing them of property without any compensation," the Prussian Claims Society said Friday.The group — which represents about 1,000 people, a small number compared to the 2.5 million Germans expelled from Poland — has filed 22 individual complaints and eventually plans as many as 50, said its deputy leader, Gerwald Stanko.The campaign has been a focus of public debate in Poland, which Nazi Germany invaded in 1939 at the start of World War II and subjected to a brutal occupation. Some 6 million Poles — about half of them Jewish — were killed in the war, often in concentration camps like Auschwitz and Treblinka that the Nazis set up in occupied Poland."I see filing the claims as a highly immoral action," said Krzysztof Zwierzynski, a 55-year-old scientist in Warsaw. "The balance of losses is obvious. The Germans inflicted such losses and damage that they should not dare demand anything from Poland."It's a stance that has the full agreement of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder, both of whom have spoken out against the drive by the Prussian Claims Society.In 2004, a joint Polish-German commission ruled that there was no legal foundation for claims by Germans to property in today's Poland.Nonetheless, the cause still provokes anger in Poland, coming amid general German interest in examining the pain their nation suffered during the heavy Allied bombardment of German cities or in the vengeance inflicted on the 12.5 million Germans driven from Eastern Europe after the war.That amounts to a change from the long-standing tendency to focus exclusively on German crimes — and a development Poles fear could be a first step in a rewriting of history that would lessen German responsibility for the destruction inflicted on Poland.Polish President Lech Kaczynski said the legal move would "initiate some very dangerous processes.""I also express hope that the court in Strasbourg will adopt the right stance on the claims," Kaczynski told journalists during a visit to Brussels. ...


Some 14 million Germans fled or were expelled, often extremely brutally, from their homes in eastern Europe from 1944 as the Soviet Red Army advanced and Germany's Nazi Third Reich crumbled. More than half of them lived in what is now Poland.

Jesus to be King of Poland!

Jesus - Newly Proposed King of Poland

My intended just told me that she just heard on the radio that the PiS/LPR government want to make Jesus Christ the King of Poland. There is to be a vote in the Polish Parliment soon!

What a bunch of clowns ...

I'd love to hear comments from visitors about this new development.

Cruelty to Carp in Poland

Visit any supermarket or town centre in Poland and you'll see large tubs of live Carp gasping for air. These fish are often cut, wounded and basically near the end. Customers then buy them and take these still living carp home in plastic carrier bags and keep them in smaller containers until Christmas Eve. They are then taken out and killed.

In my view the the practice of selling of live carp for killing at a later date should be banned in Poland and throughout the EU. This is a sick practice, which the EU should not be paying to promote., which it is currently doing via a television campaign on Polish tv.

This money given by the EU for Polish Carp television advertising campaigns should be immediately halted. Watch Polish television now and you are almost certain to see a ridiculous advertisement for "eating Pan (Mr) Carp this Christmas", followed by a sponsored by the EU logo. I have never seen such a complete waste of EU taxpayers money ...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

How to read more of my thoughts about Poland :-)

Sorry - I have been too busy of late to update this blog very often. Visit the Poland and Polish forum link on this page to read my thoughts on a more regular basis. I drop by there every day or two.

Spitting and Poland!

One of the things that annoys me most about Poland is the common habit that Polish men have of spitting on the floor! Has anyone else ever noticed this?

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Polish Lessons

Today I had my last private Polish lesson. I can now say most of what I want to say using completely ungrammatical BUT COMMUNICATIVE Polish. This is not the fault of my Polish teacher, who is/was very professional, but I looked at Polish grammar and at early stage took the decision to concentrate on vocabulary. Polish grammar would appear to be horrendously complicated.

I'll continue picking up more Polish, but, in an informal way through contact with my Polish fiancee, her family, and people in shops, etc.

Did I mention that I got engaged recently ...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Poles and Photography

I've noticed that whenever I seem to take my camera out and take photos in Poland that some middle aged, craggy, fish smelling, badly dressed, Polish woman smoking a cigarette will appear and start shouting about not taking photos!

The last time this happened I walked right up to the tracksuit wearing unwashed hag (and her three grinning female companions) and said with a nice smile (in English) that "I don't understand you you ugly old witch, so why don't you just crawl off back under the dungheep from which you have just emerged". I was a little annoyed at being shouted at in the street by some peasant woman for no reason . She then proudly responded in extremely broken but loud German that she speaks German. The Polish fish woman and her three friends then started to laugh and giggle. Delighted I told her exactly the same thing in German (again with a smile). This time adding something extra about polyester not being a good choice in hot weather and the need for her and her companions to have a wash now and again. Bizarrely she didn't understand any of this either and started to again shout in Polish. I laughed at her and walked away making sure I stopped every few steps to take another photo. They followed me for about 500 m until I got in my car and drove away.

As far as I can tell there are three possible explanations:

- these Polish peasants still believe they are living in some sort of communist police state.

- they are ashamed of the way they look and concerned that they might possible stray into one of my photos.

- they wanted to bed me and used aggression to approach and hopefully entice me to flirt with them.

Do readers have any other explanations? Suggestions for dealing with these women :-) ?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Discuss Poland in English

I spend some of my free time discussing Poland and Polish news on the excellent Polish Poland forum with a range of Polish Americans, German and British expats living or thinking of living in Poland, and Poles. If you have an interest in either Polish or Poland why not join one of our varied discussions.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A New and Exciting Relationship!

I now have a new Polish girlfriend. Nine years younger than myself, Polish, and very, very nice :-) We communicate entirely in English. Her German isn't too good. And my Polish is nowhere! Watch this space.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Polish attitudes to Germans

A question - why is it that Poles are still obsessed by what happened 60 years ago or more? Just because someone might be German it doesn't follow that person is a Nazi. Most Poles I've met don't seem to be able to understand this. I wonder if the education system in Poland might be to blame ...