Lawmakers said Germany owes Poland up to several trillion dollars for the six years the Nazis occupied Poland. (AP Photo/B.I. Sanders,file)
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So recent assertions by politicians in Warsaw that Germany owes Poland reparations for the mass atrocities and destruction the brutal Nazi occupation of the country are being met with skepticism from some, even though many Poles support the calls.The Polish government has not named a sum, but lawmakers and sympathetic media outlets said Germany owes Poland anywhere from hundreds of billions to several trillion dollars for the six years the Nazis occupied Poland, set up death camps and killed a fifth of the population.What's more, the demand has emerged amid rising tensions between Poland and Western European powers.Berlin says the issue of reparations was settled in 1953, when Poland's communist government renounced its right to war-related compensation, a position Warsaw reconfirmed over the years.In the postwar redrawing of borders Poland was given substantial territory previously in eastern Germany, though that wasn't strictly considered reparations because Poland had to renounce territory in the east to the Soviet Union.
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