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Polish MP Calls for New Push for WW2 Reparations from Germany

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Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:12 GMT

Poland should follow Greece’s steps to pressurize Germany into damages of millions of euros over the Nazi occupation during World War Two, according to Reuters.

The Greek vote to achieve compensation for its occupation by Germany during World War Two had become an international issue, tweeted lawmaker Arkadiusz Mularczyk, who is in charge of Warsaw's reparations campaign, said on Thursday April 18th.

Greece's parliament voted a day earlier to launch a diplomatic push to press its case - and Berlin responded by reiterating its position that all such claims by invaded countries had long been settled.

"It’s time for a decision from the Polish Sejm (lower house of Parliament)," added the legislator from the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party.

These developments highlight that the legacy of WW2 still remains a live issue, and Germany’s own struggle with its past, its current status as Europe’s most successful economy versus the bitterness felt by countries who suffered under Hitler’s savage Nazi regime.

In 2016, A Greek commission assessed that Athens was owed 330 billion euros (£259.2 billion) for the atrocities that were committed and for a forced loan made to Hitler's Reich.

Poland has demanded about 800 billion euros. Six million Poles, including three million Polish Jews, were killed during the war. The capital Warsaw was razed to the ground by Nazis in 1944 after a failed uprising in which 200,000 civilians died.

Germany says the award, under Soviet pressure, of East German territory to Poland in 1953 settled its debt to Warsaw. It says it settled its obligations to Athens in 1960.

"The question of reparations has been definitively closed, in legal and political terms," a German government spokesman said again on Thursday April 18th.

The calls for renewed reparation campaign comes ahead of Greek and Polish parliamentary elections this year - and of European Parliament elections across the bloc in May.


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