I donīt think any attempt was ever made to return Witez 11 to his owners.
Any published material which glorifies and smoothes over this dirty chapter in the history of the polish arabian horse is not telling the whole truth.
Many hundreds of horses, requisitioned by Germany, were returned to their country of origin. In fact, the U.S. Remount helped facilitate their return to non-hostile countries. Remount Chief Fred Hamilton wrote after the war:
"In 1945 representatives of the Soviet dominated Polish Government were traveling about the British zone in Germany, gathering horses of Alleged Polish origin for return to Poland. These same Polish representatives had not been permitted to enter the American zone. I, for one, felt that a shipment of horses to Poland was a shipment to Russia and, right or wrong, I selected a few of the Polish Arabians at Monsbach for shipment to the U.S. If a mistake was made, it was my mistake, and I stand by it."
He went on to make a reference to some in American who, long after the horses' importation, became very vocal about returning the horses. He's alluding to the many Congressional hearings that did take place on the subject of returning horses to Poland, as well as Hungary. Ultimately, the hearings found that 200-some horses were legal war booty confiscated from the enemy. Further, the hearings noted that Russia and Hungary still at the time relied on military horses, and that returning the horses, considered the best in the world, equated with strengthening those armies.
On a personal level, my horses all descend from *Lotnik, the other stallion among the Polish Prizes-of-War group. Of course, I am glad *Lotnik was brought to the U.S. Unfortunately, *Lotnik, unlike *Witez, was gravely under-used here. And I have pondered how he might have been put to better use if returned to Poland. However, *Lotnik was bred by a private stud, and "returning" him for use in a Polish state stud raises other philosophical issues, all a moot point.
At any rate, I don't consider any of this information a "dirty" chapter in the history of Polish Arabians. It's just history. Nations at war took spoils from each other. That's how Arabian horses originally came to Poland in the first place.