weighs in on reparations from Germany


The difficulty of compensation for WWII crimes “stays open” for Greeks, the nation’s international minister stated

Greece has not given up on the difficulty of German reparations for the crimes dedicated throughout World Conflict II, Greek International Minister Nikos Dendias stated on Wednesday.  

Talking at a joint press convention along with his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau in Warsaw, Dendias stated that “for the Greek authorities and the Greek society, this subject stays open.”

“And its decision, which is primarily a matter of precept, I feel can be helpful for all of the nations concerned and the EU as such,” the Greek minister stated.

Dendias has raised the reparations subject on a number of events previously. Final 12 months, on the 77th anniversary of the Distomo bloodbath, through which members of the Waffen-SS killed 228 males, girls and kids within the Greek village, he stated German compensation would “represent a de facto apology for the crimes of the German occupation troops.”

The minister additionally returned to the purpose throughout his assembly with German International Minister Annalena Baerbock in July. She stated on the time that her nation considers the authorized subject closed however emphasised that Germany nonetheless feels accountability for its Nazi previous. Any reconciliation course of could embody investments into cities and villages affected by the German occupation and assist for the Greek Jews, the German minister defined.

Below occupation by Nazi Germany, 300,000 Greek nationals have been killed.

In 2019, a Greek parliamentary fee estimated the price of the injury attributable to Nazi Germany in Greece throughout World Conflict II was €289 billion.

Greece has additionally claimed that Germany nonetheless owes it billions in World Conflict I reparations.

The difficulty of German reparations has not too long ago returned to the highlight because of a transfer by the Polish authorities. On Monday, Polish International Minister signed a proper word to Germany, formally demanding over $1.2 trillion in compensation for materials and different damages and losses that Poland claims to have suffered by the hands of Nazi Germany between 1939 and 1945.

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