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To: Shadow44
I should probably copy that post myself :)

last year I went to Augsburg and I find that the south of Germany is culturally quite distinct from the north.

you are right about comparing the Prussians and the Bavarians (though the Prussians don't exist any more :-P)

hoewver, in the case of Germany, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania and Romania, World War II eradicated those regional differences because millions were just eliminated and the remainder were forcibly mixed

I argue with my Polish wife that now Poland is one people, one religoin etc. but before WWII it was only 68% polish :)

In Poland's case, the communities of Poles in Lwów and Vilnius were simply pushed west -- in some cases to the opposite end to "reclaimed lands" -- reclaimed from Germany

And the Germans, who dreamed of Leibensraum, got the exact opposite -- Baltic Germans who had been living in the Baltics for 7 centuries, were eradicated as was Prussia and the Sudenten Germans

Germans from Romania, hungary etc. were sent to Germany even though they and their great-grandfathers had never seen that land. The mixing of peoples really created one "Germany"

20 posted on 11/26/2012 8:42:17 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Cronos

You’re just a bundle of information. Thank you!


31 posted on 11/26/2012 11:18:50 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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