Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Morawiecki to the Germans: "Take up the subject of reparations."

Niezalezna(.)pl: Today, on the 79th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, the head of government published a video on Facebook in which he pointed out that the German attack on Poland was a brutal interruption of twenty years of development of Poland after more than 120 years of captivity.

On the 79th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, I want to ask the German authorities to take up the issue of reparations for Warsaw, - stressed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He appealed to the Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski to sign a joint letter to the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on this matter.

World War II was a true Armageddon for Poland. The Germans murdered millions of citizens. They looted art collections, razed cities to the ground, and burned Polish villages. Hundreds of monuments, thousands of houses and tenement houses, bridges, and hundreds of kilometers of urban infrastructure. Everything has been destroyed - the head of the government enumerated.

He pointed out that wartime, material losses of Warsaw alone amounted to over 45 billion dollars. 

These are not only losses caused by warfare. It was a methodical destruction of the city on the orders of Heinrich Himmler - the official of the German state of which the Federal Republic of Germany is the rightful successor. Warsaw was turned into a sea of ​​ruins. Blowing up the Saxon Palace by the Germans was another act of destroying Polishness: our culture, achievements, heritage and symbols. All these activities of the occupant on Polish lands were supposed to be a terrible break in the continuity of our identity - said the head of the government.

Today - on the anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising - I would like to turn once again to the German authorities and ask to find the courage to take up the topic of reparations , the topic of compensation - the only right way to repair past wrongs. The harm done to the whole of Poland, and in a special way to its capital - said the prime minister.