“The Polish position is firm and clear: we don’t owe anything to anybody,” the government’s spokesperson stressed during an interview.
The comments were a rebuttal to groups like the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) who call for Warsaw to compensate Jewish families whose property was seized and looted during WWII.
In February, the group’s chair of operations, Gideon Taylor, blasted Poland as “the only country in the European Union” that does not have “comprehensive” restitution laws. The Polish government strongly opposes this, insisting that the issue had been settled and resolved long time ago.
Polish nationalists marched in Warsaw a few months ago in protest against a 2018 American law that tasks the US State Department with monitoring how foreign nations deal with compensating Holocaust survivors and their descendants.
The Nazi attack on Poland on September 1, 1939 marked the beginning of WWII, and the country was the first one to fall victim to the Third Reich. Israel, however, has repeatedly accused the Poles of collaborating with the Nazis in committing the Holocaust, while Warsaw maintains that’s not true. It has ultimately criminalized allegations of Poland’s role in the Holocaust, outlawing the use of terms such as “Polish death camps.”
Header: Nazi troops inspect residents in the Warsaw Ghetto. September 1939. © DPA / Global Look Press