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A German drive to repossess thousands of Third Reich-era properties confiscated by Poland after the Second World War threatens to provoke a blistering row between Berlin and Warsaw, and to overshadow Polish accession to the EU.

More than nine million Germans were expelled from the territories of Pomerania, Silesia and Prussia - ceded to Poland in 1945 - and their homes seized by Warsaw's communist authorities.

Now, as Poland prepares to join the EU on May 1, a new German organisation has launched a bid to repossess an estimated 30,000 "illegally confiscated" properties through the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jht...15/ixworld.html viking <img src="/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

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Czechs are even in more trouble because of Sudeten Germans. I guess, Germans would have to wait at least 10 years to be able to purchase a property in Western Poland which once belonged to Germany. It is partly due to a fact that many Poles are afraid that Germans and Western Europeans would be able to buy the property easier and to buy out Poland (I think, this fear is to excessive) since they have lots of money.
Many nationalistic parties talk about it a lot as one of the main reasons why we should not joing European Union.

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John,

I found another article about this problem. It is really... strange.
But, Polish towns are already preparing a balance of their losses in people, buildings, infrastructure. If such organization would try to sue Poland we can countersue for the human and other losses during WW II.

Here are fragments from what I found:


http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/sto
ry.html?id=340c3129-cd00-4d91-8ab8-df89746e24fe

A German drive to repossess thousands of Third Reich-era properties
confiscated by Poland after the Second World War threatens to provoke a
blistering row between Berlin and Warsaw, and to overshadow Polish
accession to the EU.

More than nine million Germans were expelled from the territories of
Pomerania, Silesia and Prussia - ceded to Poland in 1945 - and their
homes seized by Warsaw's communist authorities.

Now, as Poland prepares to join the EU on May 1, a new German
organisation has launched a bid to repossess an estimated 30,000
"illegally confiscated" properties through the European Court of Human
Rights in Strasbourg.

Rudi Pawelka, a spokesman for the Prussian Claims Society, which is
leading the repossession attempt from its base in Dusseldorf, told The
Telegraph: "Germans held lands and properties in what is now Poland for
hundreds of years. They have a deep, inner connection to the region and
many want their properties back.

"Soon we will all be Europeans. Poland's accession to the EU will enable
us to take our case to the Strasbourg court for the first time. Poland
must not be allowed to discriminate against Germans."

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this is a mess, is this a joke.

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When will all this end so Europe can move on?

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Quote:
Originally posted by sciwriter:
[qb] When will all this end so Europe can move on? [/qb]
Carl,

this is a hopeless situation. Europeans are history-aware and they do not forget about the past <img src="/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> :devil: eek

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Jaga, they should be influenced, not paralyzed, by history! Carl


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