Poland will demand war reparations from Germany. At what amount?

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Poland will officially ask Berlin for war reparations, according to statements made on Thursday by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the Polish ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. Warsaw estimated the damage caused to it by Germany during the Second World War at more than 1,300 billion euros, Digi 24 reports.

The Law and Justice Party has raised the issue of war reparations several times in the past, but without any official request in this regard being sent to Berlin. Now, however, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s de facto leader, has promised to do so, although he admitted that the process of obtaining some of the money could be “long and difficult”.

A previous estimate, mentioned by a Polish parliamentarian in 2019, indicated about 850 billion euros in the value of war damages.

The new estimate of 1.3 trillion euros represents more than a third of Germany’s 2021 Gross Domestic Product, which was 3.57 trillion euros, according to Statista data.

“The presented amount was calculated using the most limited, cautious method, so it is possible that it will increase,” Kaczynski told a news conference on Thursday after a Polish parliamentary commission presented a three-volume report on economic losses , patrimonial and human caused by Germany to Poland in the Second World War, in the period 1939-1945.

Of the total amount, “a very serious part represents the compensation for the death of more than 5.2 million Polish citizens”, the leader of the Polish ruling party also said. Kaczynski evoked the fact that the German “occupation” was “incredibly criminal, incredibly cruel and caused effects that, in many cases, are still felt today.”

The government in Berlin has not yet reacted to these statements, but has stated on other occasions that the issue of war reparations for Poland was closed after the Polish communist government of 1954 then signed an agreement with the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) through that Warsaw waived the claims regarding the compensations. The current Polish government considers that agreement illegal.