November 13, 1989 |
About 8,000 ethnic Germans waving banners demanding minority rights cheered West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Sunday as he visited a corner of Poland that was German territory before 1945. The public display of national fervor by Poland's German community was unprecedented since Poland absorbed eastern German provinces after Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II.
September 1, 1988
The West German Cabinet approved a special $1-billion spending package to cope with a record influx of ethnic Germans who are taking advantage of relaxed exit policies in Poland and the Soviet Union to return to their ancestors' homeland. The money will go to build apartments and provide German-language training and other services between now and 1990.
December 30, 1990 |
If the slightly stooped old man held the official paper with some reverence, it was understandable. Duly stamped and dated by the regional authorities, the document did nothing less than give him back the name taken from him nearly four decades ago. Johann Kroll, German-born, German-bred and German still, was again officially a real person.
November 6, 1989 |
They came by the hundreds Sunday, filling every pew and aisle and nook, then spilling outside into the chilly courtyard of the ornate 15th-Century shrine here on St. Anne's Hill. But they were different from all the other Poles who also honored the Sabbath in this overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country Sunday--even from the ones who attended five other services in the same shrine.
June 3, 1985 |
The West German government has called on the Polish authorities to grant Germans living in Poland ethnic minority rights, the minister of Inner-German Affairs said Sunday. Heinrich Windelen of the Christian Democratic Union said that if the Polish authorities are not prepared to let the Germans leave the country, then at least they should grant them ethnic minority rights, to which all ethnic groups of the world are entitled.
July 21, 1996 |
More than 2,500 people crowded the Wolf Creek Shooting Complex pavilion for the finals in the women's 10-meter air rifle competition Saturday. This was the first medal event of the 1996 Summer Olympics, and as the final round began, there was definitely a crowd favorite. Petra Horneber, 31, of Germany, had blazed her way through the qualification round with an Olympic-record score of 397 out of a possible 400. The spectators thought she was a shoo-in.