February 6, 2023

Germany refuses to pay reparations to Poland for World War II – News

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday (3) that the German government has officially rejected the Polish request to negotiate compensation for damages suffered during World War II.

“According to the German government, the issue of reparations and compensation for damages caused by the war is closed, and the German government does not intend to open negotiations in this regard,” said a statement issued by the diplomacy after receiving an official response from Berlin.

Poland added that it would continue to claim reparations for “German aggression and occupation between 1939-1945”.

In September, Poland estimated the losses of World War II at 1.3 billion euros and sent an official diplomatic note to Berlin with a request for compensation.

The press office of the German Foreign Ministry confirmed France Press agencyThis Tuesday, the federal government said it “responded to a note verbale from Poland, dated October 3, 2022,” stressing that it does not publicly disclose “the contents of its diplomatic correspondence.”

German Foreign Minister Analina Berbock rejected the request during a visit to Warsaw in October and said this chapter for Berlin was closed.

Germany claims that Poland renounced war reparations in 1953 and has reiterated this position on several occasions.

Berlin has maintained the same arguments in the face of compensation claims that Greece has raised in the past.

The conservatives ruling Poland question the validity of the 1953 agreement, claiming that the country was under pressure from the Soviet Union.

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