Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


Today is a difficult day for Poland – September 1st marks the beginning of one of the most tragic chapters in the country´s history as well as in the history of the world: at dawn on September 1,1939 German war planes bombed a sleeping little town in the west of the country, Wieluń.
The Second World War did not begin with the Wehrmacht troops breaking the border barrier on a sandy road between the two countries as the propaganda photos had people believe. It began with the German Luftwaffe dropping bombs on sleeping civilians. What followed was the Weltuntergang – the End of the World as the world had known it.
That is why it is particularly touching and inspiring to see that Berlin´s most popular English magazine, the EXBERLINER, devoted its whole September issue to Poles living in Berlin. We are the second biggest nationality group after the Turks here – there are over 100,000 Polish people living in Berlin. Being one of them makes me proud. Being a Polish author writing in English AND living in Berlin makes me even prouder.
But what truly trumps it all is the fact that I am a Pole married to a German and a mum to three wonderful Polish-German boys who speak both languages, love both cultures and are the best ambassadors for the German-Polish Versöhnung (reconciliation).
Please click the image below to enter the EXBERLINER´s site.


  1. penwithlit
    Sep 1, 2016

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Feeling upset by racist attacks in the UK-so little informed memory of the past

    Jan 20, 2017

    Why do Polish people hide so much in Berlin? There is even a German-Polish chorus in Berlin “Spotkanie” (now for more than 20 years), but there are now more Germans in it than Polish. A bit crazy!? I am no member of it, only spreading information on it, you will find more info here:

    • notmsparker
      Jan 21, 2017

      I do not know the choir so I cannot say anything about it but one of the main reasons why Polish diaspora is not particularly big or close are the differences in world-views (first and foremost religion issues – as a non-Catholic you only have limited access to many projects and groups, which are often built around church groups). Many attempts to join said groups end in a conflict over religion. The other reason being, we Poles are often confronted by other Poles instead of receiving support from them. We are a fairly competitive nation and often compare ourselves to others, which ends up in us gladly bringing others down a peg or two simply to feel better about ourselves. That´s why you have no proper Polish diaspora around here, unlike Russians, the French or Brits and Australians.

        Jan 23, 2017

        Sorry to hear all this, I was not aware that it’s so complicated in the Polish “community”. But it explains a little bit better why so many Polish people are living abroad. A lot of homeless people living here in town (also many of the Germans here are somehow real immigrants), and most of them are confession-free leaving more space for other things what I really appreciate a lot.

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