Poland estimates its losses in World War II at 1.3 billion dollars and demands reparations from Germany

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Poland estimates its World War Two losses caused by Germany at 6.2 trillion zlotys ($1.32 trillion), the leader of the country’s ruling nationalists said on Thursday, claiming that Warsaw will officially demand reparations.

The new estimate exceeds the $850 billion estimate made by a ruling party lawmaker in 2019. Law and Justice (PiS) has repeatedly called for compensation since coming to power in 2015, but Poland has not officially demanded reparations.

“The sum that was presented was adopted using the most limited and conservative method, it would be possible to increase it,” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, president of the PiS, told a news conference.

The combative stance towards Germany, often used by PiS to mobilize its electorate, has strained relations with Berlin. It intensified after Russia invaded Ukraine, amid criticism of Berlin’s reliance on Russian gas and its slowness to help kyiv.

Some six million Poles, including three million Polish Jews, were killed during the war and Warsaw was razed to the ground following an uprising in 1944 in which some 200,000 civilians were killed.

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