Poland’s foreign minister signed an official note to Germany on Monday, asking for $1.3 trillion in reparations for the devastation caused by occupying Nazi Germans during World War II.
According to Zbigniew Rau, the memo will be delivered to Germany’s Foreign Ministry.
The agreement was signed on the eve of Rau’s meeting with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who is in Warsaw for a security conference.
Rau stated in the message that the two parties should move “immediately” to address the repercussions of Germany’s occupation from 1939 to 1945 in a “lasting and complex, legally binding as well as material fashion.”
He stated that this would entail reparations to Germany and resolving the question of looted artworks and archives.
Poland’s right-wing administration demands reparations for severe war damage, but Berlin claims to have compensated affected countries, including Poland and considers the matter closed.
On the 83rd anniversary of the war, Sept. 1, Poland’s government issued an exhaustive assessment of the damages, valuing them at $1.3 trillion.