If the people and government of Silesia want to be free from Poland, they should be allowed to do so. There shouldn't be any debate over stuff like this. It's like Scotland. If they wish to be free from Britain, they should be allowed to do so. It's a new time.
I am Silesian, I think in Silesian language. I see many cultural, historical and mental differences between Silesian and Polish people. I was forced to speak Polish, to enter Polish school where I was taught about things that had been strange to me, e.G., fascination about Polish East, authors that were born in today Lithuania. It is no my cultural heritage. Silesia used to be region different from Poland for many years, Silesian dukes often fights against Polish dukes in middle ages.
So I'm 35 years old and since I was a kid I have never felt that I'm polish. I was going to a polish school and I like the polish language but at home and bball court I spoke Silesian whole family did to! Neighbors, friends bus driver and the doctor and some drunks ;) believe me please I'm not making it up I don't want attention or get anything out of it. All I want is to be recognized as a Silesian from Upper Silesia.
My farther,s land is my fartherland which can be traced back to 13th century, yes 700 years and we have never classed ourselves as being German or Polish , being Germanic does not make you a German. We are silesian's with a proud history, our own language, folklore, customs, dress , cuisine and more importantly the land belongs to the people not the numerous conquests for the minerals that can be found on our lands, which is the main reason why the poles have no intention of even a mere recognition of our separate identity. Don,t take my word on this, as it is all documented history. Why should the Poles recognise us as they will not accept their part in the genocide and the ethnic cleansing that took place 5 million people ( Upper Silesia ) forced to leave their homes, mostly women and children, who had to walk to a foreign land (Germany) WE WILL RETURN
All peoples with a separate language should be independent. Silesia and Moravia should both be independent. And how about Kashubia? In ancient days Silesia was an independent country, but they were conquered by Poland. If they wish to regain their independence, they should be allowed to do so. Aspirant peoples should be free.
I am of Silesian-German descent. It should have never been taken from Germany in the first place, because the land had been German for centuries. However, as a result of the ethnic cleansing that occurred in the years after The Second World War, the land can no longer be described as German, but at the same time, Poland, regardless of the current demographics is not and will never be Silesia's rightful owner. Given that the truly native non-German Silesian still have an enormous prescence in upper Silesia, an insufficient number of Germans that would be needed to justify german annexation, and that Poland is occupying that doesn't truly belong to them, independence I believe is the best option.
I have Silesian ancestry. My maternal great grandfather was born there in the mid-1800s, and was very proud of it. He didn' t consider himself to be Polish, Czech, German, Austrian, or Slovak. His native language was Silesian.
According to the 2011 official census in Poland, about over half a million people declared Silesian as their native language. Silesia has for centuries been dominated by their neighbors. This is the 21st Century, not the 18th. The eras of empire are over. It's time for Silesians to have their own independence.
I feel that Silesia should be its own independent country apart from Poland because they have different beliefs and ideals than the rest of Poland. Anytime this happens it is perfectly fine for a country to become independent from the country it was apart of. It happens quite a bit!
These neo-Nazis commenting on this site disgust me, they have nothing to do with Silesia and are making up lies to feed their thirst for Nazi propaganda. Silesia is Silesia. Not Poland. Not Germany. Not Czechia. The majority of actual Silesians despise Germany more than Poland. I think that speaks more than words.
I live in the Opole voivodeship and do not see how it is different from the rest of Poland, is it because I've lived in a town which has 50,000 people in it and not a rural village? Silesia would need extensive help from other countries and would have a very low economy as I have seen the state that villages, towns and cities. People are also very ignorant of the fact that most of Silesia was either Polish or Czech long before it was German. I am not against people that identify as Silesian and want independence and can see their opinion but it would just not be feasible as Poland is already very torn apart and it would bad for both Silesia and Poland but maybe in the future it would be. Still the more unity Poland has, the stronger it will be and that is very important for all of the people.
Despite the fact that Silesia contains most of Poland's coal industry, it would be hard for an independent Silesia to survive by itself, and would still need to heavily rely on its neighbors, especially Poland and the Czech Republic. Why fix something that's not broken? Why the Silesian people are certainly their own people, it is still part of Poland. If all the Silesians want independence, which is doubtful, just grant them autonomy, like Scotland.
Silesia has something of a national identity, but it is still part of the Polish nation. The recent trend of provinces wanting independence around Europe is unnerving. The purpose for these moves out of a nation and into independence may be attributed to regions that want more votes in the UN. If Silesia gains sovereignty, how often would they not vote parallel to Poland?
No, they need to stay attached and under Poland, and if they decided to become their own country they would probably regret it. It takes a long time to establish a country, and they have no need to since they have a lot of power already inside of Poland as it is.
No, Silesia should not be its own independent country apart from Poland, because Poland needs unity to provide strength. Poland has been through a great deal of turmoil in its modern history. With so much conflict, additional division would not likely serve Poland's best interests. They are stronger the larger they are.