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dominance of the Polish language in the whole Upper Silesian region ( Weber 1913 ; GUS 1937 ). During World War II, German authorities encouraged the local population to register on the Volksliste (German People’s List), which was compulsory in some parts of Upper Silesia ( Czapliński 2002 ). After the war, when entire Upper Silesia became part of Poland, the communist authorities decided to eliminate German influence in the region. In the People’s Republic of Poland, population transfers were organised, which resulted in settling Polish people from other regions