JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Originally Poland - then Germany #general

Alexander Sharon

"Roger Lustig" wrote

Technically, there weren't any regions that were Poland in 1871-81,
period. The "Kingdom of Poland" was part of the Russian Empire. There
was no country called Poland between 1795 and 1919.

As far as I know, there were no territorial exchanges between the two
empires during the period you mention. However, the Grand Duchy of Posen,
which was part of the German Empire, had many Polish-speaking inhabitants.
"Grossherzogtum Posen" was rather a short lived entity. Following its
establishment in 1815 (Vienna Congress) it ceased to exist in 1849. This was
an autonomous entity of Prussia, formed to satisfy Polish national
aspiration. Following uprisings in 1846 and 1848, Prussian administration
has changed its name to Provinz Posen.

BTW, Polish speakers were also numerous in the other parts of Prussia: Upper
Silesia, East Prussia and Pomerania.

Alexander Sharon
Calgary, Alberta