Polish Border Strip

The term


The term "Polish Border Strip" or "Polish Frontier Strip" refers to those territories which the German Empire wanted to annex from Congress Poland after World War I. It appeared in plans proposed by German officials as a territory to be annexed by German Empire after an expected German and Central Powers victory. German planners also envisioned forced expulsion and resettlement of the Polish and Jewish population which would be replaced by German colonists. The proposed area of the Border Strip comprised up to 30,000 km², and up to 3 million people were to be ethnically cleansed to make room for German settlers. The strip was also intended to separate the Polish inhabitants of Prussian-held Greater Poland from those in Congress Poland.
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