Tuesday 17 January 2017

Germany and the unresolved legacy of World War II

Published 19/08/2016 | 02:30

Polish partisans fire on German troops in 1944, during the brutal Nazi occupation of Poland. Photo: Getty
Polish partisans fire on German troops in 1944, during the brutal Nazi occupation of Poland. Photo: Getty

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reminded Germany that its debts were cancelled after World War II.

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In June 2011, the historian Albrecht Ritschl stated in his interview for 'Der Spiegel': "With the exception of compensation paid out to forced labourers, Germany did not pay any reparations after 1990 and neither did it pay off the loans and occupation costs it pressed out of the countries it had occupied during World War II."

Germany owes even more to Poland - conservative estimates calculate the loss of 84pc of its infrastructure and 16.7pc of its citizens during the Nazi occupation of the country as the equivalent of $845bn.

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