An expelled German family visits the occupied German province of Pomerania

A guest submission by Pablo von Köeller, whose German family still resides in exile today in South America:

Last year, my 39 year old brother, two cousins, my father (85) and I (50), traveled from South America to the polish occupied German territories to get in touch with our traditional roots in Pomerania (German: “Pommern”) .  Many of our family houses are still there, but some are just ruins, while some others were kept by the polish government and are still standing, but in very poor condition.

After about one week of driving through different areas and visiting so many places that use to belong to my father’s family, as well as to my grandmother’s family, we made some very interesting and sad discoveries.

History of Pomerania

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Firstly, the old German provinces had not been developed during the last 70 years, especially while under communist control.  There are so many things still left as they were:  the roads, houses, churches, forests, etc.  But in every cemetery that we visited, there were no German Craves! Every German sign was absolutely erased from the Pomeranian soil! We even found that in our former Family Castle (Schloss Schönwalde), a set of stairs outside the house which someone had repaired with grave stones that still bear the letters of the people’s names, who used to lay there in that local cemetery, and in Schönwalde’s graveyard … NOTHING! Not one single German grave! And, our family cemetery has not existed now for many decades.

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Notice that there is a space in the yard that is only grass.  That means that there use to be German graves there, but today are completely erased!

In general, the Polish people are very friendly and some Germans have now invested there in Agriculture, but it seems there is a very ‘lost generation’ of Polish people there now. Everyone older than 40 in the little towns is jobless. They don’t speak German or English and very few of them could understand us either.

Below (in the slideshow) are some pictures from the trip, and some older ones for comparison. The first pictures are one of the most important houses of our family. The place was called Kantreck, but today nobody knows what the new  polish name “Losznicka” means.

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Ernst Matthias von Köeller, the  former Ministry of Prussia and very close to the Kayser used to live there. The House is still there but completely abandoned and destroyed.

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We found our Coat of Arms that is still inside the old Church that was built in a by-gone era by our ancestors Bogislav Henning von Koeller in 1708.

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This used to be the entrance to our family crypt, but now there is no graves inside it, and it has been transformed into  a Sacristy.

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After this trip, I began to research what happened with our people in the northeastern part of Germany during the Red Army invasion….OMG!  It made me sick!!! And now I understand why all of the people that belonged to my father’s generation, as well as the older ones, have always avoided talking about the war. The atrocities that the Red Army and the Bolsheviks committed against our people and our land is so far beyond horrors that anyone of us could hardly imagine. There are so many stories about Russian atrocities available on the Internet now, but unfortunately, the mainstream media never covers this information properly…guess why!

So, this is our time, to use what we have in our hands, SOCIAL NETWORKS! We need to spread the truth, and we need to take back the true sense of Patriotism and Pride, and to be proud once again of being a GERMAN!

Pablo

Slideshow with approximately 40 pictures:

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Old Map of Pomerania

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11 Responses to An expelled German family visits the occupied German province of Pomerania

  1. Fabian says:

    Us non german europeans should be grateful for what the germans did to protect Europe from communism. There should be a monument in every city or town of Germany and the former Reich in remembrance of the suffering that the german people was put through during and after WWII. It is sickening the way history is portrayed in mainstream. It is also sad to now to know that so many germans of today accept the ludicrous picture of german guilt for WWII. Please stay in touch with the history of your people and hopefully one day truth will become mainstream. One can wonder though if that will ever happen with all the lies pouring out of mainstream regarding every new war that needs to be fought in the name of democracy.

  2. Joachim v Köller says:

    Pablo, thank you very much for all your work writting this together !!

  3. Markus says:

    My grandmother is also from Pommern and boy did she enjoy the liberation. Mass rape, loss of home, hunger march in the hot sommer sun to the occupation zones for Germans, almost shot by a Polish soldier who had orders to kill her but let her run away out of mercy.

    The Poles got the land for free, including free housing and ongoing “contributions” by the BRD for the “evil Nazi atrocities”, yet Pommern looks like a wasteland, has high unemployment etc.

    God cursed that place for our Ahnen are denied even to have existed.

    • Markus says:

      I talked to my grandmother. She has forgiven the Poles and said they were replaced from their homes which is now in Ukraine and Belarus, so I will forgive them, and the denial of the Prussian suffering is universal by the United Allied Nations.

      There is basically only one German community left in the Eastern territories and that is Oppeln.

      It is very sad and us Germans have to control our emotions. I wish that more Germans buy land there and repopulate the area under the open border policies of the EU to make it a Polish-German community.

      • One of the Germans´ weaknesses is to `forgive´. We are the ONLY ones to do so and it has always backfired. There are certain things one cannot forgive; the Polish crime wave against us of 1919 to 1939 and after 1945 is one of these things. NEVER forgive, for they NEVER forgive us for whatever inmagined `crimes´ we allegedly committed. The Poles live on German territory, in German towns, in German houses, sleep in German beds and live today off German financial largesse. They are rats and parasites; ditto the Czechs. Gerry Frederics

  4. Not only have all German graves been erased by the o so religious Poles under the direction of the Vatican & its Polish priest-minions, all German names have been erased. Instead of rebuilding and maintaining the beautiful towns & cities, they have spent time erasing German (the ORIGINAL) names. EVERY city, town or village in Pommerania has been built by Germans; all architecture is German, every vestige of civilization is German. Pomerania, NEVER in its history had anything to do with Poland, this failed state which exists only at the largesse of the Anglo-American world and the outrageous money-transfers from present-day Germany; on their own, they would have disappeared as an entity long ago. Poland (& The Czech Republic) was & is no more than an unnatural creation in order to harm Germany existing on laregely stolen German territories; the Polish people have contributed next to nothing to civilization. Not even their most famous son, Chopin was Polish but rather half French & spent his life in Paris or on Mallorca and Madame Curie was creatively active within the paradigm of French culture & made her significant discoveries together with her French husband, NOT alone. May they all rot in hell. Gerry Frederics

    • Markus says:

      Same with Kopernikus. He was a Prussian German, living in the Kingdom of Poland, when it was part of Prussia. (and Poles were not forced to leave their homes then under evil German oppression).

      There is a discussion by “scholars” how insignificant it is to argue Kopernikus’ nationality, yet they all list him as Polish.

      Kopernikus himself registered as a German, but the “scholars” know better.

      I don’t wish them to rot in hell but they will probably do anyways.

  5. hartmuth von koeller says:

    creo soy el único de nuestra familia que ha vivido antes de la segunda guerra mundial en pommern y que conoce algunos lugares donde han vividos gente de nuestra familia.con mi última visita a pommern en agosto 2012 confirmo plenamente lo manifestado por mi hijo bogislav pablo en su reportaje sobre la actual pommern.un detalle el ultimo dueño de kantreck fue piloto de caza en la primera guerra mundial,fué derribado y quedó casi completamente sordo de modo que no pudo participar en la ultima guerra.cuando llegó el ejercito rojo a kantreck,mi tío caminaba por la calle,los rusos lo llamaron y como era sordo no los escuchaba y los rusos lo mataron a palos.

    [Translation: “I think I’m the only one in our family who was alive before the Second World War in Pomerania and who knows some of the places and knew the people in our family there. My last visit to Pomerania in August 2012 confirms fully the above statement made by my son Bogislav Pablo in his report on the current Pomerania. Another detail, the last owner of Kantreck was a fighter pilot in the first world war, who was shot down and was almost completely deaf so that he could not participate in the war. When the the Red Army came to Kantreck, my uncle walked down the street, and the Russians called him, but as he was deaf, he did not hear them, and so the Russians killed him, beating him to death with sticks.” ~ Ed.]

  6. Gary says:

    I visited the former eastern German provinces in 1990, and can attest to the Polish destruction of many German cemeteries. I saw one where the gravestones had been shoved out from the back church yard by a bulldozer, and into a low lying bog across the road. German war monuments were also defaced or destroyed, and at the Tannenberg Denkmal, there was absolutely nothing left, only a small post war cafe was there. Danzig and Stettin were rebuilt to conform to their former German architecture, and the Langermarkt in Danzig, (where Hitler gave a remarkable speech in 1939) was very beautiful, as was the Marienburg on the Nogat. However, nearby Elbing was still essentially in ruins. Lörtzen in the Masurian lake region was absolutely beautiful, but full of strident Poles who acted indignant if you asked them the former name of the town! I got the same Polish attitude in Marienwerder and Rastenburg (near the Wolfschanze), and ditto in Dirschau and Allenstein. Hirschberg and Waldenburg in Schlesien were basically intact ghost towns. The Silesian Riesengebirge in general was very lightly populated, as was my impression of Pomerania, as I drove from Lauenburg to Köslin, Stolp, Kolberg and Stettin.

    If you pressed the Poles about who did the desecration to everything German, they would nervously say “die Russen”. I did, in fact, meet many friendly, decent Poles, but many others have a very ugly and hostile, anti-German mindset. One older Polish man in occupied Glatz even refused to acknowledge anything I asked him in German. In eastern Poland proper, near Bialystok, I saw a German army Gulaschkanonene being used at a flea market to cook kielbase, and as soon as I used the Lingua Franca of E. Europe [German of course] to order a piece for lunch, the woman gave me a scowl! Incidentally, the hearth baked Polish bread was always excellent, as was the Wurst. I did get to visit my grandparents former home village near Goldap and drove along the Rominter Wald to Angerberg. East Prussia is magnificent, landscape wise, however, the region is truly a haunted land. Every former German town has been given an unintelligible Polish name, Goldap, however, being the rare exception. Furthermore, you could always tell when you were in former German lands by the color of tile on the house roofs, as the Germans had used red tile, and the genuine Polish regions used grey tile.To travel from the former German lands into Poland proper [the real Poland], struck me as similar to travelling from the United States into Mexico. There is a visible difference that can’t be missed.

  7. treesnake says:

    Well, as is said in German: ” Unrecht Gut gedeiht nicht.” ‘Ill gotten goods don’t thrive.”

  8. Brannon says:

    I want to thank you for the pics. I too hope to visit that area one day. I am an American of German descent. My Grandparents from Schurow and Königlïch Freist, Pommern never spoke of their homeland. I was very saddened and angered when I learned of the fate of their homeland. This was never taught to me in school. Decisions were made in 1945 that are irreverseable. Three generations of Poles have now lived there. Like us, they hope for peace and a little prosperity. The wounds run deep. I am so angered just to think of what happened. The home is more than just a place. It is the blood that runs through you. Recently, I came across a poem written by a French refugee who later became a German Poet. I want to share with you.

    “So you stand, castle of my fathers,
    Still true and strong in my memory,
    And you have disappeared from the earth,
    So that the plow goes over you.

    Be fruitful, oh precious soil!
    I bless you from my heart
    And bless two-fold whoever
    Now guides the plow over you.”

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