Poland asks US Congress for help with WWII reparations claim against Germany

Germany has said it considers the matter closed

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: dorzeczy.pl

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested assistance from the U.S. Congress regarding its reparations claim against Germany for damages sustained in the Second World War, according to Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk.

Mularczyk made the statement while speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, where he argued that Poland was appealing to the U.S. Congress because of the country’s special role in the world as a guardian of international order, human rights, rule of law, and international justice. 

Mularczyk said that he was counting on support from the Helsinki Committee led by Senator Benjamin Cardin, as well as from Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives Gregory Meeks; Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Robert Menendez; and the joint chair of the Polish-American group, Marcy Kaptur.

Mularczyk argued that Poland was simply asking for Germany to afford it the same consideration as it showed to other Western European states and ethnic groups in terms of delivering compensation for the war. He underlined that to this day, Poland still does not have a bilateral agreement with Germany on compensation nor a peace treaty and that Germany continues to avoid any form of compensation to Poland.

Previously, Poland requested assistance in the matter from the United Nations; the Council of Europe; UNESCO; and 50 countries that are members of the Council of Europe, NATO, and the EU

On Sept. 1, 2022, on the 83rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Poland published a full report on all the damages the country suffered during the invasion by Nazi Germany and the subsequent occupation of Poland.

The damages were estimated at over $1.3 trillion. At the beginning of October, Poland issued a diplomatic note on compensation for damages incurred during the war and formally submitted it to Germany.

The German government has responded by stating that it considers the matter closed and that it does not intend to conduct any negotiations regarding reparations.

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