Poland decided to receive over 800 billion euros in damages from World War II – RT World News

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Warsaw is setting up a special research institute with the task of studying the damage inflicted on Poland by Nazi Germany and pushing for damages from Berlin, the Polish Prime Minister revealed.

This was announced by the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in an interview with the German news agency DPA, parts of which were published on Friday. Morawiecki said he had signed a document last Wednesday initiating the establishment of the institute, which will be named after the prominent Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski. He added that “subject [was] not off the table, as Poland was treated very badly and received no damages.

The institute will systematise various existing studies in the field and pursue claims against Germany.

In the same interview, Morawiecki announced that a special parliamentary commission set up in February 2017 would release its findings on the damage caused by Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland. He acknowledged that “decisions on what to do with this report, when and how, have not yet been taken,“but adds that Warsaw was”prepares everything to present it to the world.

According to Warsaw’s previous estimates, based on a 1946 inventory, the damage amounts to 800 billion euros (901 billion dollars). But in 2019, a member of the Commission suggested that the bill could actually exceed 887 billion euros ($ 1 trillion). In the same year, Poland renewed its pressure on Germany on the issue of damages to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.

Warsaw is not alone in its efforts to get Berlin to pay for the death and destruction caused by the Nazis over occupied nations. As early as April, Greece renewed its demands from Germany, with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry then confirming that “ask left[ed] open.

Germany, in turn, insists that the issue be resolved as early as 1990, the year of its reunification, when the so-called two-plus-four treaty was signed between East and West Germany and World War II allies the Soviet Union, the United States, Britain and the United States. France. The document did not mention any damages of any kind, which in Berlin’s view poses the question for good. However, it is important that neither Poland nor Greece were parties to the agreement.

Berlin also points to a 1953 exemption for damages signed by the Polish People’s Republic and the German Democratic Republic, but the Polish government claims that it was only approved under duress from Moscow, both nations were part of the Eastern bloc of the Soviet Union at the time. In 2018, the head of the ruling party Law and Justice, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, claimed that Poland had never given up its claim for damages from Germany.

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