Poland is said to be the most ethnically homogenous state in Europe, and probably is. Stalin moved Poland west, depriving her of Western Ukraine and re-incorporating Pomerania, East Prussia and Silesia, which were previously part of Germany but mostly Polish, ethnically.
Poles are proud to be Poles and proud of their place in history. I don’t blame them. Poland is thought of as the “Savior people” of Europe because they stood as a bulwark against the Germans on the West and the Slavs, Tartars and Mongols on the East. They were “Savior” in the same way Jesus was Savior at times, being the sacrificial victim of more powerful states. Indeed, they took all the punishment in the breakup of the Soviet Empire. They took all the casualties for Germany in spanking the Bolsheviks under Budenny back into Russia. They are Catholic and (oddly) “Mediterranean” because they rejected the cultures of Russia and Germany, having an affinity for Mediterranean culture.
I’m not Polish, even in part, but I think they have something to be proud of, and I think their self-identification is well worth preserving. Boze cos Polski.
I just reminded myself. You ought to read the translated words of the Polish National ANthem. It speaks of Poland’s martyrdom eloquently. It’s a pretty melody besides. The name of it is as above “Boze Cos Polski” (God save Poland)
You really ought to watch the following. You have to be familiar at least a bit with Polish history because the historical scenes flit by awfully fast. But it’s fun to watch and pleasant to hear.