After the defeat of Germany and Japan, Britain held the London Victory Celebrations in London. Many of the Allies were invited to join the parade - except the Polish forces. The Poles were vital to the allied war effort and fought in every major battle of World War II, including the Battle of Britain, the Battle of Monte Casino, the Falaise Gap, Battle at Arnhem, and D-Day, among many other battles. After V-E Day, the Polish servicemen were forgotten and were not invited to represent Poland in the Victory Parade.
Pope John Paul II made his third pilgrimage to Poland and took part in a National Eucharistic Congress. Beatification of Karolina Kozka and Michal Kozal. The places he visited: Warsaw, Lublin, Tarnów, Kraków, Szczecin, Gdynia, Gdańsk, Częstochowa, and Łódź.
Polish Census: A census was taken in Poland from May 21, to June 8, 2002. The results indicated 96% of Polish ethnicity; 1,23% Other and 2,03% no answer. Of the ethnic groups, there were 173,153 Silesians, 152,897 Germans, 48,737 Belorusians, 30,957 Ukrainians, 12, 855 Roma, 6,103 Russians, 5,863 Lemkos, 5,846 Lithuanians, 5,062 Kashubians, 2,001 Slovakians, 1,808 Vietnamese, 1,633 French, 1,541 American, 1,,404 Greek, 1,367 Italian, 1,133 Jews, 1,112 Bulgarians, 1,082 Armenians, 831 Czechs, 800 British, and 495 Tatars. (In the 2011 census the number of Jews has increased to 7,353 (residing mainly in large cities) Before World War II there were slightly over 3 million Jews throughout Poland. The Nazi Germans conducted the "Final Solution" which destroyed 6 million Jews (the 3 million Jews of Poland and 3 million deported from other European countries).