Poland considers asking Germany to pay World War Two reparations

Germany triggered World War Two by invading Poland in 1939

Warsaw suffered huge damage during World War Two

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Researchers in the Polish parliament are considering whether to ask Germany to pay reparations for the damage caused by World War Two.

A research committee of Poland's lower chamber, the Sejm, is looking into the proposals after demands from a number of politicians, according to The Local.

Arkadiusz Mularczyk, of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) says the analysis could be complete by next Friday (August 11).

Poland gave up on its demands for reparations in 1953, just eight years after the end of the Second World War. But now those demands are being rekindled, led by the fiercely nationalistic PiS.

The head of the party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, last week accused Germany of ignoring its debt to the people of Poland.

He told Radio Mayja "We are talking about huge sums and also the fact that the Germans have for years rejected their responsibility for the Second World War."

Germany triggered World War Two by invading Poland in September 1939 and laid waste to the country over the next few days, with Hitler's 'Blitzkrieg' strategy decimating the Polish troops.

An estimated six million Poles died in the subsequent conflict, include a huge number of Jews who were rounded up in the Warsaw Ghetto before being sent to the death camps which had been erected elsewhere in Poland.

In 2010 Poland's former President, Lech Kaczkynski - the brother of the current PiS boss - estimated that Germany owed over $45 billion (£34 billion) to the city of Warsaw alone for the damage caused by the war.