Saturday, January 27, 2024

The German ambassador to Poland remembers the victims of World War II, with no mention of reparations

 The German ambassador to Poland, Viktor Elbling, marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by writing on the X platform:

"For me personally, it is very important to send a clear signal here in Poland, which suffered so much during World War II: we do not want and cannot forget about what happened. And we will not forget about what may happen. 'Never again' is happening now."

Curiously, not that long ago, he said that the subject of German reparations to Poland does not exist because the matter was settled a long time ago (with the Soviet Union as Germany's junior partner in starting WWII).

Some Polish politicians from the Law and Justice (PiS) party quickly reminded him that Poland was still waiting for Garmany to start the conversation. 

Among them was the former deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the issue of obtaining war compensation, PiS MP Arkadiusz Mularczyk, who commented on the words of the ambassador of the Federal Republic. The politician pointed out that no one in Poland forgets what happened during the German occupation of their country. 

"Mr. German Ambassador, we have not forgotten, but we are still waiting for Germany to compensate the damage inflicted on Poland during World War II. @PLreparations" – Mularczyk wrote on X.

Another former government official, Paweł Jabłoński, also commented on the German ambassador's post: 

It's nice of you, Mr. Ambassador, that you want to send a "clear signal" that Germany does not forget. The best signal is the payment of reparation for crimes. Germany never paid for these. We in Poland will not forget - you can account for it.

Based on reporting by the Wpolityce(.)pl.