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by matcrazy1

Traditional Krakow's pants are striped in very, very thin red and white stripes. These are Polish national colours. No wonder, Krakow seems to be the most Polish of all Polish cities (with Warsaw and... a surprize - Lviv before WWII - in Ukraine now.

Visiting Krakow and Central Europe you should remember that borders between countries (Poland, Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine) changed many, many times in the past.

Just one my historical thought/observation:
Before World War II (1939-1945) borders changed but natives usually didn't change their locations. They were too poor and they often weren't forced to do it by new authorities.
WWII and the periode after was quite different - borders of Poland moved approx. 150-200 km westwards: millions of people were forced by Nazis and then by Soviets and Polish communist authorities to move: Germans from new Poland to new Germany, Poles from eastern Poland = former Soviet Union to western (new) Poland etc. etc.

On the other hand many of them (Poles living in estaern Poland = new Soviet Union after WWII) wanted to come back to his homecountry Poland but they were not allowed and they and their families still live in Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine now. And there were many Polish people who were arrested by new, strange to our long democratic tradition, communist authorities in Poland and moved to deep Russia (Siberia) to Kazahstan for example AFTER WWII.

Many Poles are still surprized that so called "democratic" governments in Western Europe were so much afraid of Soviet Union after WWII that they didn't do anything about these crimes of communist regimes. Hmm... history teaches that only strong, very strong resistanse against crimes commited by other countries can change things and finally make people's life better here and there. Closing eyes for a crime is a crime as well - am I wrong?

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  • Written Oct 19, 2003
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