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There is also no reason to italicize former German names of now-Polish localities in the areas given to postwar Poland by the Potsdam Conference. In English, italics usually denote foreign (non-English) words for things or concepts, but not place names. Prior to 1945, Giżycko was officially Lötzen, not Lötzen, and the German name should not be italicized.
Would you check with the template talk site and raise any issues there, please, before removing templates used on hundreds of pages? ÄDA - DÄP VA (talk) 05:10, 26 September 2013 (UTC)