Page 2, 8th May 1953

8th May 1953
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Page 2, 8th May 1953 — Tragedy of Silesia

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People: Robin, Adam Romer
Locations: London


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Sus,-Mr. Robin, in his review of the Tragedy of Silesia, seems to be unaware of certain undisputed historical facts. Silesia was for centuries part of the kingdom of Poland and became separated from the mother country because of the partition of Poland into small principalities of the Piast Dynasty in the 12th century. When later Poland was reunited, the Silesian principalities remained outside and some of them, mainly those on the west bank of the Oder, facilitated a vast German colonisation, mainly urban. Most of these principalities were then later "inherited" by the Hapsburgs. ("Tu Felix Austria Nube.") Two only were "reinherited" by the Polish Pints in the 14th century. Most of Silesia was taken from Austria by Prussian aggression under Frederick the Great. The plebiscite of 1919 proved two-fifths of Silesia to be predominantly Polish and they were given to Poland at her request.

Adam Romer.

14 Old Queen Street, Westminster, London, S.W.I.

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