Feeling its WWII Wounds, Poland seeks German Reparations 80 Years On


Eighty years after the first Nazi bombs fell on Poland, echoes of the blasts can be heard in the bickering between Warsaw and Berlin over the possibility of billions of euros in war reparations. It was only recently that the neighbors, allies within NATO and the European Union, had appeared to have turned the page on World War II.

But that changed with the 2015 election of Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party, which sees wariness of the EU and Germany as a useful political tool. And the right-wing party has reopened discussion on reparations. “Poland has yet to receive proper compensation from Germany… We lost six million people over the course of the war — many more than did countries that received major reparations,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said earlier this month. “It’s not fair. This can’t continue.” Roughly half of those killed in Poland were Jews, part of the Nazi war effort’s special focus on exterminating Europe’s Jews.

PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski relaunched the issue in 2017, and since then, a parliamentary commission has been working on a new analysis of the extent of Poland’s wartime human and material losses.

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Times of Israel