Poland still demands WWII compensation from Germany

Poland still demands WWII compensation from Germany

"We have to remember, and therefore we are gathered here today", the Polish President, Andrzej Duda, said at the ceremony. I look back in gratitude to the Polish people's fight for freedom.

A series of commemorative events took place on Sunday across Poland, as the country marked the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

But Donald Trump - who cancelled on his Polish hosts at the last-minute last week, citing concerns over a hurricane barrelling towards Florida - was due to spend the day at his golf club in Virginia. "Your oppressors tried to break you, but Poland could not be broken".

The visit would have been Trump's second to Poland since taking office in 2017, reflecting his cozy relationship with Poland's right-wing nationalist president. Also today, the scheduled meeting between the delegations chaired by presidents.

Poland's Duda said the world hasn't learned its lesson from World War II, mentioning genocides in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as recent territorial incursions by Russian Federation in Ukraine and Georgia.


Duda said "recently in Europe we are dealing with a return of imperialist tendencies, with attempts to change borders by force, with aggression against countries, seizure of land, capturing people".

In a statement, he said he wanted to "bang the drum" for London and "spread the message that, however Brexit turns out, the city will always be open for business, trade and talent and a welcoming home for Polish citizens". "It is a simple way to embolden aggressive personalities, a simple way to, in fact, give consent to further attacks".

Polish authorities said they had not invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Sunday's ceremonies because of Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Germany made an emotional appeal for forgiveness to neighboring Poland 80 years after the start of World War II that was met by a renewed demand for reparations by the fellow European Union member's prime minister.

Nazi Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939, triggering a almost six-year war that killed more than 70 million people. "I bow sorrowfully before the suffering of the victim", Steinmeier said at event later in Warsaw. He recalled that under the Nazi plan for Poland, "its culture, its cities, its people - everything living was supposed to be destroyed".


"It was Germans who committed these crimes against humanity in Poland".

The conflict began in the early hours of 1 September 1939, when a Nazi battleship attacked a garrison of Polish soldiers at Westerplatte.

At a separate ceremony in Gdansk commemorating an attack on Poland from the Baltic Sea, Polish Premier Mateusz Morawiecki returned to the controversial topic of wartime reparations.

PiS politicians have also repeatedly called for war reparations from Germany, one of Poland's biggest trade partners and a fellow member of the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Germany says that matter is closed.

"None fought with more valour, determination, and righteous fury than the Poles", Pence told the gathering of leaders in Warsaw that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.


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