The Polish Sejm (lower house of parliament) passed a resolution on Wednesday, calling on the German government to accept political, historical, legal and financial responsibility for all the consequences caused by the unleashing of World War II.
In the vote on the Sejm’s resolution 418 deputies were in favour, four deputies from KO (Civic Coalition party) were against, 15 deputies abstained and 23 MPs did not take part in the vote.
During #WorldWarII, Poland suffered the greatest personal and material losses out of all European countries, in terms of total population and national assets.#unREDEEMed #WarLossesReport #RaportStratWojennych #bezprzedawNIEnia pic.twitter.com/jnl2WQgWaS
— Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland (@PremierRP_en) September 1, 2022
Draft resolutions on war reparations from Germany were submitted by the PiS (Law and Justice party), KO and PSL (Polish People’s Party) clubs. During the committee meeting, the project prepared by representatives of the ruling PiS party was chosen as the leading one.
During work in the committee, a provision was added to the draft stating that Poland had not received adequate financial compensation and war reparations for losses suffered during World War II as a result of USSR aggression.
During #WWII, #Poland lost 38 percent of its national capital, 62 percent of its industry. 84 percent of its #infrastructure was destroyed and 43 percent of #Polish #cultural artefacts were looted.
More: https://t.co/ZerfAjhVGP#unredeemed @Fundacja_PFN pic.twitter.com/IlNbc3mjTO
— TVP World (@TVPWorld_com) September 1, 2022
Poland estimates its WWII losses caused by Germany at EUR 1.32 trillion. A report on war losses suffered at the hands of Germany was presented on September 1, the anniversary of the beginning of WWII. The document takes into account both the destruction of Polish cities, infrastructure and industry and the lost economic potential associated with the murder of millions of Polish citizens.
Prime Minister @MorawieckiM:
The victims of German aggression demand justice. That is why we present the #WarLossesReport.
It is not only a settling of the past, but above all compensation for crippling Poland’s future.
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— Poland in the EU (@PLPermRepEU) September 1, 2022
In total, some six million Poles, including three million Polish Jews, were killed during WWII and Warsaw was razed to the ground following a 1944 uprising in which about 200,000 civilians died.
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