Before World war II the German Reich streched out well into the territory of modern day Poland. The region of Poznan, 1793 annexed by Prussia, was inhabited by Polish and Germans alike. They had lived there for many decades and spoke fluent Polish.

In the winter of 1944, with the growing defeat of the German Wehrmacht, the Soviet Army fought it's way towards the German capital of Berlin. When they crossed Polish territory many Germany were forced out of their homes or fled the...
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