Polish Americans support Poland’s claim for war reparations from Germany
The Polish American Congress (PAC) has said it supports Poland’s efforts to claim reparations for German war crimes and destruction of the country during the German occupation in the years 1939-45.
On September 1, 2022, the Polish government presented a comprehensive report detailing the material losses suffered by Poland during the Second World War along with a pledge to demand money from Germany in reparations to the tune of EUR 1.3 trillion.
The German Foreign Ministry has rejected Poland's claims and stated the matter was closed and that the German government would not enter into negotiations on the subject.
According to a statement of the PAC executive committee sent to PAP on Friday by Malgorzata Margo Schulz, the PAC's VP for public relations, the Polish American Congress has been collecting information and preparing a plan of its future steps.
The PAC wrote that it had rejected the position on the matter presented by the government in Berlin, and that it shared the views of Polish people who claim that reparations for German war crimes and destruction of the country during the German occupation of Poland during World War Two could not be seen as "closed, settled or time-barred."
The PAC also expressed hope that the German government would take steps to compensate for the losses suffered by Poland as a just compensation was necessary for both the reconciliation and the building of international order.