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"Poland has the right to reparations"

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 | World News

According to a report from the Polish Parliament, Poland is compensated by Germany for the destruction in the Second World War.

It states: "It is legitimate to say that the Republic of Poland is entitled to compensation from the Federal Republic of Germany and the claim that the claims are expired or statute-barred is unfounded."

The declaration of the Polish government of the year 1953 on the waiver of reparation payments had been unconstitutional and was only carried out by the Soviet Union. In addition, it had only affected the GDR, it states in the reasoning.

House ruins in the Polish capital Warsaw in 1945. In the foreground the overturned column of the monument of King Sigismund III. (Source: dpa)

Members of the Polish government have repeatedly expressed their opinion on demands on Germany in recent weeks. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has emphasized: "Poland is subject to reparations, we are ready to demand them."

 The Federal Government rejects this. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert declared on Friday that Poland had waived further claims in 1953 and confirmed this several times later.

Poland's Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, said on Monday that further expert opinions and an analysis of Poland's losses during the Second World War were necessary before the government took an official position.

Claim is legally complicated
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski named the demands last week with 840 billion euros, also declared a figure of one trillion euros for conceivable. Waszczykowski admitted that the reparation question was legally complicated.

The communist Polish leadership renounced German reparations in 1953. The current Polish government questioned the validity of this statement. She argues that the Warsaw leadership at that time had acted on Soviet pressure.

The federal government rejects demand
The Federal Government rejects the Polish demand for war reparations. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that Germany was responsible for the "incomprehensible crimes" of the Second World War.

For this, considerable reparation payments had been made to Poland, and Germany continued to pay for the consequences of Nazi injustice, Seibert said. In 1953, however, Poland waived further demands and confirmed this several times. "There is no reason for the federal government to doubt the legal effectiveness of the reparation act of 1953."


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