Posted 4 января 07:56

Published 4 января 07:56

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Germany officially refused to pay Poland for losses in World War II

4 января 2023, 07:56
Germany has officially rejected Poland's claim for compensation for damage suffered during World War II. The Polish side is seeking a payment of €1.3 trillion. euro.

The newspaper Le Monde quotes a statement from the Polish Foreign Ministry: "Judging by reports from Berlin, the case of reparations and compensation for damage due to the war remains closed, and the German government does not intend to start negotiations on this topic. This shows disrespect towards Poland and Poles."

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk said with irritation that "the dialogue with Germany will continue through the UN and other international organizations anyway."

Meanwhile, Berlin has repeatedly stressed that they see no grounds for any payments, since Poland officially refused reparations in 1953.

During her recent visit to Warsaw, German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock noted that from the point of view of the Federal Government, the issue of reparations is closed forever, assuring that her country assumes "its historical responsibility, without any "ifs" or "buts". And he won't pay.

Warsaw, in turn, claims, TASS recalled, that the 1953 agreement was signed under pressure from Moscow and concerned only the defunct German Democratic Republic and the Polish People's Republic, which, according to local analysts, was not a sovereign state.

According to the published report, Le Monde reported with reference to the AFP news agency, Poland's material losses during that war are estimated at 800 billion. zloty (€170 billion). About 2.1 million Polish citizens were deported to work in Nazi Germany. As a result of the war, pseudo-medical experiments and detention in concentration camps, 590,000 Polish citizens became disabled. In 1939-1945 Poland lost 50% of lawyers, 40% of doctors and 35% of university professors.

Losses related to cultural and artistic goods were estimated by Warsaw at 19 billion. zloty (€4 billion).