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Friday 20 April 2018

‘Germany owes Poland £600bn for Second World War damage’

A team is assessing potential reparations to Poland following German activities during its wartime occupation of the country.

Ice floats on the river Oder which is the border of Germany and Poland (AP)
Ice floats on the river Oder which is the border of Germany and Poland (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

A Polish official has said Germany could owe his country 690 billion euro (£612 billion) over the damage it inflicted during the Second World War.

Arkadiusz Mularczyk is leading a team that is assessing potential reparations to Poland.

Germany killed six million Polish citizens during its near six-year occupation of the country.

Mr Mularczyk said on Polsat News: “We are talking about very large, but justified amounts of compensation for war crimes, for destroyed cities, villages and the lost demographic potential of our country.”

Last year, Poland’s ruling nationalist ruling Law and Justice party said it deserves compensation for its losses and set up a team under Mr Mularczyk’s leadership to estimate how much is due.

Germany has repeatedly said there is no legal basis for Poland’s reparation claims.

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