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Poland Ramps Up Case for World War II Reparations From Germany

  • Minister says Poles were ‘massacred’ but not compensated
  • Parliamentiary body to assess whether claim can be made
German soldiers in Warsaw in September 1939.

German soldiers in Warsaw in September 1939.

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Poland’s ruling officials are stepping up calls to demand compensation from Germany for damages caused in World War II, potentially deepening a divide between the European Union’s largest eastern member and the bloc’s biggest economy.

Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki lamented that Poland was “massacred” by the country’s neighbor in the war, echoing recent statements by Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz and ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Last month, the latter linked the Nazi invasion to Poland’s moral right to aid from the EU, which is weighing potential sanctions against Poland for flouting the bloc’s standards on democracy and the rule of law.