Alleged annexation to Poland
Alleged annexation to Poland creates confusion in Zittau
Zittau, 26 July (AFP) - Pranksters have created confusion in Zittau by
announcing the imminent annexation of the Saxon border town to Poland.
According to an announcement by the police headquarters in Görlitz on
Monday, a couple aged about 25 on Sunday distributed faked leaflets with
the letterhead of the Ministry of Interior of Dresden. These announced
to the citizens that this town of 27,800 inhabitants would be part of
the neighboring country starting in 2002. Following the "renewed request
of the organizations of deported Germans in the German parliament", the
German eastern border had been re-measured and established to run 5.24
kilometers West of the town, the leaflet explained.
Monday, 26.07.1999 - Top-News: politics
Faked official announcements of an alleged annexation of the town of
Zittau to Poland yesterday have created unrest. The fakers distributed
the papers as preliminary information from the Ministry of Interior of
Saxony, the police reports. According to them, the town, which is near
the border, is to be excluded of Germany in 2002. After the annexation
to Poland the inhabitants would have to apply for the new citizenship
and learn Polish, the distributed material announced. A 25-year-old
couple is suspected to be the originators.
Monday, 26 July 1999, 3:44 pm
Fake letter creates a fuss in Zittau
Görlitz/Zittau (AP) A fake letter of the Saxon Ministry of Interior has
created great agitation in the town of Zittau. Unknown individuals
announced in a letter to the inhabitants that they would be annexed to
Poland in 2002. The Police in Görlitz revealed on Monday that the letter
had been distributed in the mailboxes of houses in the South of the town
on Sunday. Eyewitnesses reported having observed a couple of about 25
years distributing the letters.
Zittau lies at the meeting point of the borders between Germany, the
Czech Republic and Poland. The letter states that the city will be part
of Polish state territory starting 1 January 2002 due to a renewed
measuring of the border. The deadline for applying for Polish
citizenship is indicated as 1 March 2001. However, knowledge of the
Polish language is required. The Ministry of Interior would provide
language classes at no cost. The letter bears a faked official stamp of
the Ministry and is signed by a certain Secretary of State Peter
Schaubert, who does not exist, however.
The mayor of Zittau, Jürgen Kloß, speaks of a malicious fake and says
all the information in the letter is freely invented. The police started
an investigation on the suspicion of forgery.