Saturday, October 1

Germany says it will not compensate Poland for World War II


The German government has stated that the issue of reparations to Poland for the Second World War is legally closed, while recognizing that responsibility for the damage caused by the Nazi invasion is an issue that can never be closed.

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“The position of the Government regarding the demands for reparations has not changed. From the point of view of the Government, this matter is closed”, the spokesman for Foreign Affairs, Christofer Burger, said in an ordinary press conference.

He added that the German Executive “has taken note” of the report presented this Thursday by the leader of the Polish government party Law and Justice, Jaroszlaw Kaczinski, which estimates the damage at more than six billion zlotys (about 1.35 billion euros). caused by the Nazi invasion of Poland.

Berlin has not received an official claim

The spokesman has specified that beyond this report presented this Thursday in Poland, for the moment the German Government has not received “an official claim” from Warsaw.

He has insisted that on a legal level, the question is indeed closed and has said that in 1953 Poland confirmed its renunciation of new reparations, which it has reaffirmed several times since then.

On the other hand, Burger has stressed that “of course, the responsibility that Germany has for the crimes committed during the Second World War will never be closed”, something that is “absolutely clear from the political and moral point of view”. “These issues in this regard will never be closed.”

In this sense, he has underlined the importance for the German Government of “keeping alive in Germany the memory” of this responsibility in the “incalculable suffering” caused in Poland in the Second World War.

Burger has referred in this regard to the resolution approved by the Bundestag, the lower house of the German Parliament, in October 2020 for the creation of a documentation center on “World War II and the German occupation in Europe” and a “place for memory and encounter with Poland”, for which a location in Berlin is still being sought.



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