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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Poland may demand war reparations from Germany

On the 73rd anniversary of Warsaw Uprising Polish MP has asked parliamentary experts for a report on whether Poland can claim reparations from Germany for WWII. The analysis should ready by August 11. Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said a day earlier that Germans should now “try and pay back the terrible debt they owe to the Polish people.”


The step comes after Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s most powerful politician, said the “Polish government is preparing itself for a historical counteroffensive.”

As a result of WWII Poland's territory was reduced by 20%, or 29,900 sq miles. Of all the countries involved in the war, Poland lost the highest percentage of its citizens: over 6 million perished – nearly one-fifth of Poland's population – half of them Polish Jews. On average, 2800 Polish citizens died per day during a 6 year occupation. Over 90% of deaths were non-military in nature. Population numbers did not recover until the 1970s.

Only in Warsaw during and after 3 month long uprising nearly 200,000 people, mostly civilians, were murdered and nearly 90% of the city totally destroyed.

"The only thing the Germans can do in this case is try to provide compensation and repay their terrible debt to the Polish nation and to humanity.”

The video below may give some understanding of Warsaw's destruction.