Ha, good luck with that. It removes your items too. You didn't get to keep your items until Secret to Pools.
But there is a way around it, though it is so baroque I hate to mention it.
Curse is compatible with Gateway in terms of character files, and Pools with Treasures.
It is thus possible to remove your guys at the end of Curse, take them into Gateway and from there into Treasures, and then back into Pools of Darkness. Of course, then you don't get to play Secret of the Silver Blades, where the only +5 items are.
Hmm got some decent items i'd like to keep but not if it's cheating starting SOS now i guess I skipped hillsfar never heard of it I took 20 tries to kill the boss and find out i can't get anymore xp :S
so going to try and bring over my chars now idk how many i'm going to use? maybe just the cleric and fighter and pali