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More than eight decades after the Second World War broke out in Europe, some of the nations invaded by Germany are still bearing the wounds inflicted by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. For its part, Poland has determined that it should receive a massive reparations payment after determining the extent of the damage.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who leads Poland's Law and Justice Party, referenced a new report that outlined the cost of the German occupation in making the case for a payment totaling about $1.3 trillion.

Here are some important details about the report:

  • More than two dozen economists and historical scholars spent roughly five years working on it.
  • The Holocaust claimed the lives of about six million Polish citizens, half of whom were Jews.
  • Poland is rejecting a nearly 70-year-old agreement not to seek additional compensation from Germany.

“We will turn to Germany to open negotations on the reparations,” Kaczynski explained, preparing his countrymen for a “long and not easy path” that will ultimately “bring success” for the people of Poland.

Polish President Andrzej Duda also weighed in on the lasting impact of “one of the most terrible tragedies in our history,” explaining that the Nazi invasion led to the loss of Polish freedom and sovereignty.

“This war meant millions of victims among Poland’s citizens and irreparable losses to our homeland and our nation,” he added.

Chris Agee
Chris Agee September 2nd, 2022
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