Poland to make WWII demand to Germany — Analysis
Berlin will be asked by Warsaw to pay reparations. Poland has previously clashed against Israel for refusing to return Jewish property.
Poland is now done with the aforementioned “very comprehensive report”Premier Mateusz Morawiecki spoke to journalists Wednesday about the consequences of Nazi Germany’s occupation. Once translated, the report will back up Warsaw’s push for reparations from Berlin.
Morawiecki spoke at a Boronow press conference and stated that his government spent three-to four years compiling this report. The three-volume report, which he described as a “three-volume” document, is being translated into many languages. “we want the world to read” it.
Utilize “photo documentation, as well as historical sources,”According to the Polish prime Minister, the report will be adopted. “show the scope not only of war crimes committed by the Germans, but also of the devastation,”We will be using it. “very accurate calculation” to put a monetary value on the country’s losses under Nazi occupation.
“The Germans have still not settled with us,”Morawiecki added that reparations will be made “in the interest of Poland, in the interest of Europe, and also in the interest of the world. Only morally degraded people can say otherwise.”
Last year, Morawiecki told Germany’s dpa news agency that the final reparations bill could come in at over €800 billion ($807 billion). Germany has claimed that Poland waived the right to receive reparations under a 1953 accord between East Germany’s communist government, East Germany and a 1990 agreement between East Germany and the USSR and Britain and France.
Poland has countered that the 1953 agreement was signed under duress from the Soviet Union, and that it wasn’t involved in the 1990 negotiations.
Despite Poland’s insistence on securing reparations from Germany, the country has been on the opposite side of a separate reparations dispute – with Israel. Following the passage of a Polish law restricting Jews’ ability to obtain restitution from Nazi Germany for confiscated property, both states summoned their diplomats.
The legislation was referred to by the Israeli government as “the law”. “anti-Semitic and immoral”At the same time, both nations recently resolved to resume diplomatic relations. Polish President Andrzej Duda confirmed on Tuesday that Israeli Ambassador Yacov Livne had submitted his credentials, and will soon head up Israel’s diplomatic mission in Warsaw.
Duda’s Israeli counterpart, President Isaac Herzog, called the return of the ambassador “an important first step to advancing Israeli-Polish relations,” and said he hoped to reciprocate by receiving the credentials of Poland’s new envoy soon.
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