First I would like to welcome our new member Jan Baptista van Helmont who made a great post over there in a tread “Churchill Turning his Back on Poland”. He proposed opening a new tread to discuss the subject “Were the Poles the Greatest Profiteers of the World War 2?”. Good idea indeed. I would like to hear your opinions. It is true that Poland suffered horrendous losses during the World War two, more than six milion polish citizens have died during the course of the war - that is more than 20% of the entire population, 22% to be more precise. However, half of “Polish” victims were of other ethnicity - Jewish actually. The war has left Poland “Judenfrei” and, conveniently, that was the objective of numerous prominent pre-war anti-Semite Polish politicians, but it is worth to mention that anti-Semitism was deeply and widely spread among Poles. Even today there is a great deal of anti-Semitism in Poland when there are virtually no more “Polish” Jews left to hate and discriminate. Another Arch-Enemy of Poles, the Polish Folksdeutsche were eradicated after the war has ended. Consequently, costs of formation of the present day Poland were high and involve not just costs in Polish blood but also the costs in German and Jewish blood. Poles have remained, Jews and Germans have vanished from the ethnic map of the present day Poland. This is also one of sad results of the World War 2. Below is an ethnic map of “Polish” territories at the beginning of the past century. It is obvious that Poland had nothing to lose east of the Curson line. At the west vast territories have been handed over to Poland at Potsdam Conference. Needless to say, these territories are today completely Polonised whilst millions of Germans had to leave their Fatherland where they lived for centuries. Polonization went that far that prominent Germans originating from the annexed territories were silently Polonized. Blatant example of such policy is German astronomer Niklas Koppernigk, well known by his latinised name Nicolaus Copernicus, which was turned into a Pole - Mikołaj Kopernik. In my humble view, Poles are the greatest profiteers of the World War 2.