Scholz: Help for victims of German occupation in Poland


Lerato Khumalo

Germany and Poland want to intensify their cooperation again. An action plan is agreed upon during German-Polish government consultations.

According to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Germany is planning to provide aid to surviving victims of the German occupation of Poland during the Second World War. “Germany is aware of the gravity of its guilt, its responsibility for the millions of victims of the German occupation and the task that arises from this,” said the SPD politician in Warsaw at a joint press conference with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk after joint government consultations. Germany stands by its historical responsibility without any ifs or buts.

“The situation of older victims is one that concerns us greatly and we will take action in this regard.” Scholz did not say when and how much compensation would be paid to the approximately 40,000 surviving victims of the German occupation of Poland.

Responsibility for the past also means responsibility for our shared future, Scholz continued. “Poland’s security is also Germany’s security.” Cooperation in the area of ​​security and defense should be expanded in a targeted manner. We stand firmly by the side of the Ukrainian people.