On the other hand if you were Polish under nazi rule you were looked down on for not being German/Austrian and so you were basically a second class citizen... but at least you had basic rights and the ability to find minimum wage work.
The Poles under Soviet control experienced the same type of class-ism only the soviets would pull people from their beds and shoot them if they were even suspected of having democratic/western ideals or sympathy. The attacks were more personal, the soviets basically took anything they wanted from the Polish people while brutally enforcing their will onto them and literally starving any resistance that started up.
Very true. One of my history professors mentioned how Danzig (Gdansk) was destroyed less by the Germans than other Polish cities, primarily because of Danzig's German history and culture.