Berlin settles the issue of reparations to Poland for World War II

Berlin, 2.9. The German government today reiterated that the issue of World War II reparations to Poland is legally closed, but recognizes that responsibility for the damage caused by the Nazi invasion is a matter that can never be closed.

“The government’s position on reparations claims has not changed. From the government’s point of view, this question is closed,” said foreign ministry spokesman Christofer Burger at a regular press conference.

He added that the German government has “taken note of” the report by the leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, Jaroszlaw Kaczinski, presented yesterday, which put the damage caused by the Nazis at more than 6 billion zlotys (about 1.35 billion euros) amount to the invasion of Poland.

He specified that the federal government had not received any “official demands” from Warsaw beyond the report presented yesterday in Poland.

He insisted that the matter was indeed closed at the legal level, recalling that in 1953 Poland confirmed its waiver of new reparations, which it has reiterated several times since.

On the other hand, Burger emphasized that “of course, the responsibility that Germany bears for the crimes of the Second World War will never be closed”, which is “absolutely clear from a political and moral point of view”.

“These issues in this regard will never be resolved,” he reiterated.

In this sense, he emphasized how important it was for the federal government to “keep alive in Germany the memory” of this responsibility in view of the “incalculable suffering” that Poland had inflicted in World War II.

In this context, Burger referred to the decision approved by the Bundestag in October 2020 to create a documentation center “World War II and the German Occupation in Europe” and a “Place of Remembrance and Remembrance”. Encounters with Poland”, for which a location in Berlin is still being sought.

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