MP wants WWII reparations for Poland from Germany
PR dla Zagranicy
An MP from Poland’s ruling conservatives has said he has asked parliamentary experts for a report on whether Poland can claim reparations from Germany for WWII.
Antoni Macierewicz (right) during commemorations of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz
Arkadiusz Mularczyk from the Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in late 2015, said that nearly six million Poles were killed during the war from 1939 to 1945, when their country was invaded by Nazi Germany.
He added that seeking war reparations from Germany was a "moral duty".
He said the report should be ready by the middle of August and would then be handed to the government.
Mularczyk announced his move after top Polish officials and veterans of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising on Tuesday marked the 73rd anniversary of the bloody WWII insurgency against the city's German occupiers.
The uprising resulted in the death of some 18,000 Polish fighters and up to 200,000 civilians.
Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz told public broadcaster TVP Info: "There is no doubt that the first months (of the uprising)... were genocidal in character. This was not part of a battle against insurgents; people were simply murdered... house by the house, apartment after apartment."
Macierewicz added: "The only thing the Germans can do in this case is try to provide compensation and repay their terrible debt to the Polish nation and to humanity.”