Poland May Demand Billions In Reparations From Germany For World War II

As deep cracks have emerged in the formerly pristine diplomatic relations between Poland and the EU over the past few months, some burried ghosts from Europe's past are making an unexpected come back.

Eight years after the fall of the Nazi regime, Poland decided to forego further reparations from Germany. But now there are renewed calls for those reparations to be paid. More than 72 years after the end of the Second World War, Polish politicians are demanding that Germany pay their country reparations. A research office of Poland’s lower house of parliament, the Sejm, is reviewing whether this would be possible according to TheLocal.

The analysis should be complete by August 11th, Sejm representative Arkadiusz Mularczyk of the leading Law and Justice party (PiS) told news agency PAP last week. The review comes after comments made by the powerful head of the PiS, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who last week accused Germany of "rejecting" its Second World War responsibilities, going as far as to suggest Berlin should pay reparations.


A demonstration marking the 73rd anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Photo

"We are talking about huge sums and also the fact that the Germans have for years rejected their responsibility for the Second World War," Kaczynski told Catholic radio station Radio Maryja.

Kaczynski's brother and former President Lech Kaczynski - who died in 2010 - had estimated when he was mayor of Warsaw that the had cost the capital city alone $45.3 billion.

In August 1953, Poland’s former communist government was under pressure from the Soviet Union when it decided not to take further compensation from Germany as a way to help solve “the German question in the spirit of democracy and peace.” The Second World War had begun with the Nazis’ invasion of Poland and the war ultimately cost around six million Polish citizens their lives.

And as we wait for Poland's decision, the rumblings are growing louder inside the government: “It is not genuine that Poland renounced reparations that were due to us from Germany,” said Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz to Polish news channel TVP Info.

Meanwhile, German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said that Germany “stands by its responsibility in the Second World War, politically, morally and financially." But she added that the question of reparations had already been legally and politically resolved. Macierewicz argues that the former communist government had been used as a puppet for the Soviet Union at the time of its decision.

Without any discussion, the Germans owe Poland war reparations,” Macierewicz said.

Relations between Berlin and Warsaw have been on edge recently over issues including Germany’s push to share responsibility for refugees across Europe - which Poland has rejected - to the European Commission’s infringement procedure against PiS plans to have more control over the judiciary. Last month the EU sued Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, forcing them to accept refugees even as the rest of Europe turns a blind eye to the 100 thousand refugees that have made landfall in recent months in Italy.

Comments

Doom and Dust Tue, 08/08/2017 - 04:41 Permalink

Poland has a habit of self-destructing when it appears to be succeeding as a country.Solid growth, rising wages, prosperity like none before - and they throw it all away. What is that, Slavic degeneracy?Throw them out of the EU already, make them beg to come in and demand a more constructive attitude toward Russia and an end to trojan horsery in the service of DC.

Kotzbomber747 (not verified) Volku Tue, 08/08/2017 - 06:07 Permalink

"Poland may demand billions in reparations..." Key word: "may."As usual, a lot of hype about nothing on ZH or all the other doom-gloom websites and 'experts,' just count all the "perhaps'" "shoulds," and "coulds."

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Teja Kotzbomber747 (not verified) Tue, 08/08/2017 - 06:33 Permalink

This hype is coming from Poland itself, not from ZH. A classic case of creating external conflicts to distract from internal problems or actions.Did you read about the voting contest to design a new Polish Passport, where also images of buildings in Lithuania and Belarus are offered to the voters, in parts of those countries which belonged to Poland before WWII? Same game.Of course, the demands are rather unrealistic, especially as Poland has annexed large areas of Germany as reparation. Germany would probably ask them to give those back, only then receiving reparation payments... and regarding to the territories lost in the eastern part of Poland, telling Poland to go complain to the USSR.I agree with the first poster in regards that Polish politicians tend to shoot into their own foot as soon as things seem to go too smoothly. I just hope that the Polish people are resilient enough to survive this idiocy. 

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geno-econ Croesus Tue, 08/08/2017 - 08:29 Permalink

Tha new Polish bill represents cost of running concentration camps for the Nazi's during WWII and Merkel's migration policy resulting in limiting Polish migrants into UK.  NATO will recieve a similar bill in seventy years.  It is a Polish version of Capitalism and allegiance to the highest bidder. 

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geno-econ Volku Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:16 Permalink

Poland has always been caught in the middle of East-West struggle.   Germany invaded Poland and USSR liberated Poland during WWII only to be subjegated by Soviets, and now a pawn of NATO against Russia.  Culturely, linguisticaly and religiously also a mixture, with border territory continuously changing---yet many Poles dream of returning to the splendor of a  Royal Empire---very sad.

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caconhma geno-econ Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:58 Permalink

Sorry, it were England, France, and the USA who pushed Poland to start genocide of ethnic Germans living in Poland. Poland was too stupid thinking they would be in Berlin in two weeks. It was Stalin who together with FDR started the WW2.  The US Lend-Lease to the Stalin's Soviet Union has started 5 years before the WW2  after Zionists declared a war on Nazi Germany in 1933. 

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Automatic Choke geno-econ Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:55 Permalink

simplified slightly, Poland's role in history has been little more than an acceleration ramp for tanks heading from Berlin to Moscow, or from Moscow to Berlin. Nice flat farmland, with swamps and mountains blocking alternate paths. the curse of geography.

they should read more history, though..... excessive WW1 reparations from germany to france were arguably a major cause of WW2....

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squint geno-econ Fri, 09/08/2017 - 17:31 Permalink

" USSR liberated Poland"Heard of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact? How about Katyn?The soviets invaded Poland from the east about 2 weeks after the German invasion. Add insult to injury, once the tables turned and they were attacked by the Germans, they later encouraged the Polish underground uprising in Warsaw with offer of help.While the Poles were being slaughtered, they stood by on the other side of the Vistula without raising a hand and denied western allies soviet air bases to bring supplies to the Poles."Meanwhile, the Red Army, which had been detained during the first days of the insurrection by a German assault, occupied a position at Praga, a suburb across the Vistula River from Warsaw, and remained idle. In addition, the Soviet government refused to allow the western Allies to use Soviet air bases to airlift supplies to the beleaguered Poles."https://www.britannica.com/event/Warsaw-Uprising F..k this kind of liberation and decades of communist utopia!  

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Thom Paine Doom and Dust Tue, 08/08/2017 - 04:58 Permalink

Fucking joking.  Make them beg to get back into a sick sinster group that is all about removing democracy, liberty and freedom from countries and their people?The EU is a sinister bucket of nazi shit.And throw it all away, you mean by allowing 100 thousands of ME muslims destroy their country, a allow some foreign pedophile own the Treasury, Foreign Affairs, and Juciciary.  The Poles may as well all go suicide now, because the EU don't see them as people, only possession.Maybe if Poland promised Brussels a never ending supply of 4 year old boy anuses all would be forgiven.If Nuland said only one decent thing in her entire life it was ..fuck the EU

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MK13 Doom and Dust Tue, 08/08/2017 - 08:55 Permalink

Wrong history bud. Poland was in world's 10 top economies before WWII - that took a back seat with war and communism.

Poland was the only EU country wo recession in 2008/9.

This is tit for tat for forcing Poland to take refugees it doesn't want. Poland is hitting germany with leftist idiocy that germany is trying to destroy itself with - if Germany is looking for social justice, it will pay for it. Look for every country in Central Europe to follow lead.

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BarkingCat MK13 Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:23 Permalink

Finally someone with a brain has analyzed the situation. It is quite clear that Germany runs the EU. Germany has all on its own decided to invite third world trash into its country and then are trying to force other nations to share in providing homes and subsistence for those who arrived thanks to Germany's invitation. Nations that do not want to partake in Germany's guilt trip are being pressured by every possible way to submit.The Greeks also bought up reparations for WW2 but were financially blackmailed by Merkel  (do what we say or the ECB will cut you off). The topic of WW2 reparations is Poland's counterattack and only the opening salvo.This is really the  beginning of internal war within the EU.Don't forget that Poland does not stand alone. They are united with the other 3 members of Visegrad 4 - Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.  You can also be sure that Bulgaria shares their sentiment when it comes to the 3rd worlder invasion. 

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Kayman Doom and Dust Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:55 Permalink

"Poland has a habit of self-destructing when it appears to be succeeding as a country." ?????????Yeah, shame on those Poles, encouraging Stalin and Hitler to invade and slaughter their people????What Poland is doing today is the only way to save the country. Detente with Russia is the best they will ever get. And Germany will self-destruct- something the Germans are very good at; an unbroken history of over-reaching with blinders on.

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