(Poland-Germany) Poland to Demand WWll Reparations from Germany #announcements #germany #holocaust #poland


Jan Meisels Allen
 

  

 

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, announced that the government will seek equivalent of $1.32 trillion (6.2 million Zlotys) in reparations from Germany for the Nazis’ World War II invasion and occupation of his country. The huge claim at the release of a long-awaited report on the cost to the country of years of Nazi German occupation as it marks 83 years since the start of World War II. Poland's new estimate tops the $850 billion estimate by a ruling party lawmaker from 2019.

 

Poland's biggest trade partner and a fellow member of the European Union and NATO, Germany has previously said all financial claims linked to World War ll have been settled.

 

Poland’s right-wing government argues that the country which was the war’s first victim has not been fully compensated by neighboring Germany, which is now one of its major partners within the European Union.

 

“We will turn to Germany to open negotiations on the reparations,” Kaczynski said, adding it will be a “long and not an easy path” but “one day will bring success.”

 

Poland’s right-wing government argues that the country which was the war’s first victim has not been fully compensated by neighboring Germany, which is now one of its major partners within the European Union.

 

Germany argues compensation was paid to East Bloc nations in the years after the war while territories that Poland lost in the East as borders were redrawn were compensated with some of Germany’s pre-war lands. Berlin calls the matter closed.

 

Some six million Poles, including three million Polish Jews, were killed during the war and Warsaw was razed to the ground following a 1944 uprising in which about 200,000 civilians died.

 

In 1953 Poland's then-communist rulers relinquished all claims to war reparations under pressure from the Soviet Union, which wanted to free East Germany, also a Soviet satellite, from any liabilities. PiS says that agreement is invalid because Poland was unable to negotiate fair compensation.

 

To read more see: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/poland-officially-demand-ww2-reparations-germany-says-ruling-party-boss-2022-09-01/

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Andrew Blumberg
 

The Polish government has released a three-volume report to substantiate its claims for reparations. There are more details here

The third volume contains a list of atrocity sites with the number of "Murdered Polish Citizens – Amount (Poles, Jews, Romanies)" for each site.  

All three volumes of the report are available at https://straty-wojenne.pl/. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Above the two rows of photos click RAPORT. Scroll down. Under "English version PDF" use the buttons to download each volume. 

Andrew Blumberg

Researching BLUMBERG and KAPLAN from Bielsk Podlaski; LASKOWITZ or LASKOVICH from near Vilna and Bielsk Podlaski; HIMMELFARB from Kovel; KIPPELMAN from Kolki; EIDUS, AIDUS, AIDUSS, and ADUS from Dvinsk; RITZ from Drissa and Miory; GERMAN, GURMAN, GERMAINE, and EDELSTEIN from Skala-Podilska, Mohyliv-Podilskyy, and Sekurani