I am a little confused about lineage and ethnicity. Specifically mine.
My father was three-quarters French and 1/4 German. My mother was 3/4’s Polish and one-quarter Austrian.
Anyway that makes me three-eighths Polish and three-eighths French. I realize that. But what about the German/Austrian part? Can I just add them together?
I guess what I am asking is are Austrians and Germans ethnically the same?
They speak the same language. German. They both typically have German surnames. Austria borders Germany. I believe they share a similar history. Some Germans welcomed Hitler, who was Austrian, as liberator. (I know that last one was unfortunate. But it does support my point:).) I guess the main difference is religion. Austrians are predominantly Roman Catholic.
So ethnically (I am talking ethnically)? (I realize geographically they are separate countries.) Are they the same thing?
BTW and FWIW my mother said I should consider myself a Pole. I was a little closer to my mother’s side of the family and I did love her very much. But this thread is not meant to address that (i.e., what I should feel in my heart).