Poland, Germany move to stop WWII claims

27th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2004 , WARSAW - Poland and Germany were expected to devise a common legal strategy to quash potential World War II restitution claims during talks Monday in Berlin between Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Polish media reported Monday. "A joint group of experts is to combat the claims of the Prussian Trustees which have sparked outrage and fear in Poland", commentator Jerzy Haszczynski wrote Monday of the plan in Poland's Rzeczpospolita daily. "Let us h

27 September 2004

WARSAW - Poland and Germany were expected to devise a common legal strategy to quash potential World War II restitution claims during talks Monday in Berlin between Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Polish media reported Monday.

"A joint group of experts is to combat the claims of the Prussian Trustees which have sparked outrage and fear in Poland", commentator Jerzy Haszczynski wrote Monday of the plan in Poland's Rzeczpospolita daily.

"Let us hope the experts will succeed once and for all in calming public opinion in Poland", he observed.

Polish-German relations have been strained over the issue of compensation for war-time losses.

The Prussian Trustees, a group German WWII expellees, has announced compensation claims against Poland for properties they lost in eastern Europe after the war. The Polish parliament, in turn, has passed a resolution urging the government to pursue war reparations from Germany.

However, both the German and Polish governments have declared the controversial issues of compensation for WWII property losses and war reparations legally settled.

The Polish government has nonetheless said it will establish a task force to calculate the massive human and material toll Poland suffered during WWII.

Poland never received war reparations for the colossal material losses caused by WWII. Under the 1945 Potsdam Agreement it was guaranteed a share in the Soviet Union's portion of reparations but Poland's former communist regime forfeited that right in 1953. 

DPA

Subject: German news


 

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