Poland slams Germany for ‘rejecting’ responsibility for WWII

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Leader of the ruling party Law and Justice Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during the 'Appeal of Memory' in front of the Presidential Palace to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the presidential plane crash near Smolensk, in Warsaw, Poland, 10 April 2017.

Poland slams Germany for ‘rejecting’ responsibility for WWII


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Poland has called on Germany to own up to its World War Two responsibilities and to pay reparations.

“We are talking about huge sums and also the fact that the Germans have for years rejected their responsibility for World War Two,” said Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful head of Poland’s governing conservatives.

As reported by the Agence France-Presse (AFP), one of Kaczynski’s chief bugbears is the recently opened Museum of the Second World War in the port city of Gdansk.

He described the museum as “nothing other than a kind of present” from European Council president, former Polish premier and Gdansk native Donald Tusk to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“It is a museum which subscribes to German historic policy,” Kaczynski insisted.

The museum has made waves in that it offers visitors a view of World War Two which the nationalist government feels is not Polish enough and does not highlight patriotic resistance to Nazi occupation.

The museum has been the focus of a legal battle after the government sought to unite it with another in Gdansk, reported AFP.

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