Friday, October 28, 2022

Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed the details of the note regarding reparations

 The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed on Friday the details of the diplomatic note that was sent to the German side.

Although disclosing the note directly to another country would violate the basic principles of diplomacy, Minister Zbigniew Rau - out of concern for openness- decided to publish this communication, which describes the actual content of the note.

In a diplomatic note to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany issued by the Republic of Poland on compensation for damage caused by Germany as a result of its aggression and occupation in 1939-1945, the Republic of Poland demands:

  • compensation for material and non-material losses in the amount of PLN 6 trillion 220 billion 609 million and compensation for the victims of German aggression and occupation and their family members for damage and harm caused to them.
  • taking systemic actions by the Federal Republic of Germany aimed at returning cultural property looted from Poland, located on the territory of Germany.
  • returning assets and liabilities of Polish state-owned banks and credit institutions stolen by the German state in 1939-1945.
  • settlement of receivables resulting from the robbery activities of the Credit Unions of Things financing the criminal war effort of the Third Reich and from the activities of the Bank of Issue in Poland.
  • full rehabilitation of the murdered activists of the pre-war Polish minority and compensation for losses incurred by Polish diaspora organizations in Germany.
  • full and systemic regulation of the status of Poles and people of Polish origin in Germany by restoring the status of a national minority, as regards teaching the native language.
  • proper cooperation with the Republic of Poland in commemorating Polish victims of World War II.
  • effective actions by the German authorities to present to their own society a true picture of the war and its consequences, especially the harm and damage caused to Poland and the Poles.