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Pomerania, Germany

Weimar Republic

Weimar Republic. Northern European and Slavic nations bordering the North and Baltic Seas have shifted allegiance and borders so often since the Middle Ages that it’s often very difficult to be specific about ethnicity and citizenship of ancestors.

Pomerania is a region on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea, split between Germany and Poland where most of the Bjick and associated families lived before the mid 19th century, when they left the towns of Stolp and Stettin in Pomerania  and immigrated to the States.

After WWII, according to the preliminary agreements of the conferences of Yalta and Potsdam, the German territories east of the Oder-Neisse line — most of Pomerania, Silesia and East Prussia — were transferred from Germany to Poland and most of the German population was expelled and deported. Their properties were taken over by Poles from central Poland and from the former Polish eastern territories re-conquered by the Soviet Union.

The town of Stolp became Słupsk; Stettin became Szczecin, the capital city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland.

 

 

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