Poland preparing WWII reparations claim against Russian-led Soviet Union

Brothers in arms: German and Soviet soldiers friendly chat in Poland, September 1939. Source: Bundes Archiv
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki used the 84th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s WWII-era decision to invade Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, to announce that Poland is preparing a report on the losses incurred by Poland due to the Soviet Union’s invasion and occupation of Poland.

Morawiecki said that “Sept. 17 is a painful date for Poland and should be a painful one for Europe too.” He added that the Soviet occupation did not end when the war finished but continued for another 45 years.

According to Morawiecki, Poland lost 10 percent of its GDP to the Soviet Union in subsequent years. He said he feels that it is surprising that no Polish government until now has documented and analyzed all the losses incurred by Poland as a result of Soviet actions. 

The Polish prime minister promised that a report on the losses will be ready soon, and Poland will not be put off the fact that “Russia is today a totalitarian, colonial, imperialist state” that shows contempt for international law. 

Already last week, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Arkadiusz Mularczyk announced that Poland is in the process of documenting and preparing a comprehensive report on the losses it suffered as a result of Soviet actions during and after World War II.

“One of the key objectives is to create a well-documented report that is as credible as the one detailing Poland’s losses due to the German invasion,” said Mularczyk who, along with his team, also prepared a report last year on the losses incurred by Poland as a result of German occupation during World War II, which claimed €1.3 trillion in material and humanitarian losses due to Germany’s invasion and occupation.

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Morawiecki continued by saying that Russian crimes did not cease with the end of the USSR. He said that those politicians in the West and in Poland who wanted to believe that these crimes would simply go away have weakened Poland. 

Poland’s head of government claimed that, in fact, there was a “Merkel-Putin” pact with regard to using gas and other raw materials to subjugate the rest of Europe and that former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was the main executor of this pact in Poland, and later in Brussels.

“He was the best man at the new German-Russian nuptials. In the last 15 years, no one has done more for Russia and for Germany than Donald Tusk,” said Morawiecki.

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