Wednesday, September 2, 2020

With another anniversary of the beginning of WWII the issue of German reparations for Poland is coming back

Town Wieluń, first German war crime on Sept. 1st 1939

 Yesterday Poland marked another, 81st, anniversary of the German attack on Poland that started the WWII. It was also a dark reminder that Germany has never settled the issue of the war reparation. Of course Germans say that the issue is settled and it's simply an "old news."

The German government has repeatedly rejected the demands from Poland, reminding that the issue was legally settled at the Potsdam Conference, when the USSR undertook to pay off reparation claims and subsequent compensation agreements.

Jerzy Karwelis writes in his article for 'Do Rzeczy" that as part of post-war reparations Soviets took Polish coal for free. The practice lasted until Stalin's death in 1953, and when "the Sun of Nations" died, Polish government took courage and turned to the Soviets saying that they did not want reparations, as long as they (Russians) stopped taking their coal. It took Russians three years to agree to this "deal".

"And now modern Germans believe that they have acted in accordance with the international conference on the reparations, and if Poles have any wonts, then… talk to Putin please."

Now, a group of Polish parliamentarians and experts is finalizing a report on reparations from Germany for World War II. They say that we can expect the report soon. It is being translated into both German and English.