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May 21, 2012 -- Updated 0308 GMT (1108 HKT)
Poland declared independence in 1918 following more than 120 years when it came under Russian, Prussian, and Austrian rule. Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 sparked the Second World War, during which six million Poles died, including the majority of its Jewish population. After the war Poland became a communist state and member of the Warsaw Pact. In 1989, it became the first member of the Soviet bloc to establish a non-communist government and joined the European Union in 2004. Poland declared independence in 1918 following more than 120 years when it came under Russian, Prussian, and Austrian rule. Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 sparked the Second World War, during which six million Poles died, including the majority of its Jewish population. After the war Poland became a communist state and member of the Warsaw Pact. In 1989, it became the first member of the Soviet bloc to establish a non-communist government and joined the European Union in 2004.
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An independent state
Castle Square, Warsaw
Bialowieza Forest
Market Square, Krakow
Up and coming
Euro 2012
Bronislaw Komorowski
Auschwitz concentration camp
Pope John Paul II
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