Friedrich Berg on Polish-German Relations

I think you have totally misread the circumstances leading to the German invasion of Poland.

I disagree.

Poland had committed numerous aggressive acts against Germany long before that Obersalzberg speech.  There was a civil war led by Polish terrorists like Korfanty in Silesia to gain territory there just after the end of WW1. My father was there and participated in some of the fighting. In the so-called Polish corridor, as soon as that was created, 1 1/2 million Germans were terrorized into leaving against their will and abandoning property and farms that they and their ancestors had owned for centuries.  Expulsion could have been avoided — i.e., unless the Poles were interested in a racially pure Poland. When my mother went through the corridor to Danzig in 1928 to visit her brother shortly before she came to the USA, the train had all windows covered so that any German travelers on board could not even look out at what had been theirs.

The population of Danzig itself was overwhelmingly German–like 97%–and had absolutely no desire to become part of Poland; yet, the Polish government made countless moves to force Danzig to give in to them.  Aren’t you even aware of that?

Well aware, yes: https://wilkmocy.com/?p=7954

In Bromberg in Poland, ethnic Germans had been terrorized there for years by local Poles–many Germans were killed. The Bromberg bloody Sunday massacre was years in the making. My uncle and his family had been living there for years.

Then how come the Bromberg massacre took place only after Hitler invaded? Surely the invasion — and this sort of thing below — enraged many Poles, perhaps to the point of committing horrific acts of revenge:

"A ten-year-old Polish girl named Kazimiera Mika, mourns the death of her older sister, who was killed in a field in Warsaw during a German air raid."
“A ten-year-old Polish girl named Kazimiera Mika, mourns the death of her older sister, who was killed in a field in Warsaw during a German air raid.”

I suggest you read AJP Taylor’s Origins of the Second World War.

I have read it.

You have misinterpreted Hitler’s belief that a war was inevitable, a perfectly reasonable thing to believe in the summer of 1939, with a desire to make war against totally passive nations. That was NOT the case at all.

I just found the following eloquent and thoughtful essay at the Scriptorium: http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/archives/articles/wrsynopsis.html

I just sent you two emails about Poland which I hope you will add to this blog.

What I saw in Poland in 1988 was so appalling that I was amazed that any “white” country could ever look that bad. Everything was neglected and near collapse. Czechoslovakia looked modern by comparison and East Germany looked better yet–but still, they all looked like hovels compared to Western Germany.