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German Minister Tells Poland They Will Not Pay WWII Reparations

By 10/04/2022 2:08 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

According to Berlin, the foreign minister of Germany assured her Polish counterpart on Tuesday there won’t be any further World War II reparations.

Zbigniew Rau, Poland’s foreign minister, was directly addressed by Annalena Baerbock at a news conference in Warsaw after discussing issues, including Poland’s demand for reparations.

On Monday, Rau rushed and signed a letter to Germany asking for $1.3 trillion in compensation for losses and other damages.

Poland believes they were brought on by Nazi Germany’s rule of the country from 1939 to 1945.

Baerbock reaffirmed Berlin’s position at the news conference, saying that while Germany acknowledges its historical involvement, the case is over.

In the negotiations, in which Rau thinks Germany would participate, Rau said he believes this position might evolve.

Baerbock emphasized that today the two neighbors shoulder equal responsibility for maintaining Europe’s unity in the face of dangers from the outside world, such as Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.

She also emphasized the significance of the bilateral accords of 1990 and 1991 that established Poland’s post-World War II boundary with Germany and encouraged good neighborly relations.

Because of their long, violent history, Poles place the utmost importance on border security.

Poland, the war’s initial and worst-hit victim, received only a small share of Germany’s compensation to Eastern Bloc countries in the years following the conflict, and this was due to a decision made by Moscow.

A similar assessment of the wartime harm brought on by the Soviet Red Army, which also invaded Poland in 1939 and fought the Germans on Polish soil to drive them out, should be made, according to Polish lawmaker Arkadiusz Mularczyk, who led the efforts to reevaluate the number of damages Germany was owed.

Three million Jews and approximately 6 million other Poles perished in the war.

Some were the victims of the Soviet Red Army’s eastward invasion.

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