Why Poland Wants Germany to Pay Billions for World War II
Millions of Polish citizens murdered
As a nation, we lost the largest percentage of its population compared with the pre-war period: about 6 million polish people.
Razed to the ground towns and cities
Many cities were destroyed, including the capital city, which was razed to the ground on Hitler’s order.
Plunder of Polish properties
NO WAR REPARATIONS FROM GERMANY
1. Polish annexation of mostly destroyed western and northern German territories was a result of Yalta and Potsdam conferences in which Poland had no voice. It was to compensate for the annexation of 80,000 sq kms of eastern part of Poland by the Soviet Union. All the area had to be rebuild by the Poles without any help from the outside world and was never considered as a German contribution towards the war reparations for Poland.
2. Poland has never relinquished the rights to war reparations from Germany. There are no bills or other legal documents supporting the claim. It is also not true that 65 years ago the Polish PM Boleslaw Bierut together with other 35 communist party officials on Sunday, 23 August 1953 at 7pm relinquished Polish claims to the war reparations.Such bill does not exist nor any related documents as Germany claims.
3. There is a parliamentary body (Parlamentarny Zespół ds. Oszacowania Wysokości Odszkodowań Należnych Polsce od Niemiec za Szkody Wyrządzone w trakcie II Wojny Światowej) lead by MP Arkadiusz Mularczyk to evaluate the level of compensations due to Poland from Germany for detrimental effects of WW2. You can find more about the parliamentary body proceedings below: http://www.sejm.gov.pl/Sejm8.nsf/agent.xsp?symbol=ZESPOL&Zesp=513