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Poland to send note to Germany over WWII reparations ‘within weeks’: gov’t spokesman

09.09.2022 12:50
Poland will issue a formal diplomatic note to Germany over reparations for World War II “in a matter of weeks,” the government spokesman has said.
Piotr Mller.
Piotr Müller.PAP/Tomasz Gzell

Piotr Müller made the announcement in a media interview on Friday, Polish state news agency PAP reported. 

Asked if Warsaw would send a diplomatic note to Berlin over reparations for World War II, the official told private broadcaster Polsat News: “It has been decided at a cabinet meeting.”

He added: “Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau received a direct instruction to draw up a diplomatic note.”

“I believe it is a matter of weeks,” Müller said.   

On Thursday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the niezalezna.pl website that the submission of a formal note to Germany “will happen soon.”

The PM also said: “I am convinced that we will receive reparations from Germany, although it won’t happen quickly. Even the most difficult journey begins with the first step.”

Poland estimates its WWII losses caused by Germany at EUR 1.3 trillion

Last week, Poland published a report estimating the country’s World War II losses at the hands of Germany at EUR 1.3 trillion. 

The leader of the country’s ruling conservatives Law and Justice, Jarosław Kaczyński, said that a decision had been made to raise the issue of World War II reparations with Berlin. 

Kaczyński added: “It’s about securing compensation, maybe through a long and arduous process, for everything that Germany, the German state, the German nation, did to Poland between 1939 and 1945.” 


Source: PAP, polsatnews.pl