There is widespread resistance to the idea that Germans too could have been victims of World War II. So it comes as no surprise that the decision by a group of Germans to file compensation for property they lost when they or their relatives were forcibly expelled from
after World War II is extremely controversial. Poland
On Friday the Prussian Trust (Preussische Treuhand), a group representing post-1945 German expellees from Eastern Europe, revealed that it had filed 23 individual claims against
Polandwith the European Court of Human Rights in . The group has said it intends to increase this number to around 50. Strasbourg
The move by the Düsseldorf-based group has been sharply criticized in
, and it risks harming German-Polish relations (more...), which have been strained in recent months. Germany
Gesine Schwan, the German government's coordinator for relations with
Poland, said there needed to be a clear sign that Germanyopposed the Prussian Trust and that the authorities in shouldn't pay too much attention to the organization. "I expect other politically relevant forces will distance themselves from this action," she told the Berliner Zeitung Saturday. Poland
Markus Meckel, a foreign policy spokesman for the junior coalition partners the Social Democrats (SPD), said the government should withhold all support for the action. "The government's position is clear," he said. "It opposes this claim, because it is poisonous for the German-Polish reconciliation process."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her predecessor Gerhard Schröder had repeatedly attempted to reassure the Poles, saying the German government would not lodge any claim against
for compensation -- although it could not stop individuals or organizations from doing so. In 2004, a joint Polish-German commission ruled that there was no legal foundation for claims by Germans regarding property in Poland . Poland
Nevertheless, the Poles were far from happy with the Prussian Trust's move. President Lech Kaczynski said on Friday that, "Such legal proceedings would have a devastating influence on the relations between two European states." On Saturday his twin brother Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski went one step further, saying the move marked
's return to nationalist ideology. "We observe in Germany a process deeper than a simple attitude of one government or another," he told the newspaper Rzeczpospolita. "It's a re-nationalization of politics, an exceptionally radical calling into question of historical judgements." Germany
Polish Foreign Minister Anna Fotya said the complaint "may adversely affect Polish-German dialogue, and in the long run, could disrupt Polish-German relations." Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former foreign minister of Poland, told the newspaper Rzeczpospolita, "If the Germans want money for the property they lost, they should address their demands to the US, Britain and the heirs of the Soviet Union," referring to the Allied powers who met in Potsdam in 1945 to carve up post-war Europe.
And at The War That Would Not Go Away:
Poles fired back this week at recent German attempts to reclaim property lost after the Second World War. A group spearheaded by Dorota Arciszewska-
Mielewczyk, an MP representing the sea- side Gdynia district, has said it would form a Polish Claims Society, a carbon copy of the Prussian Claims Society that has gained notoriety trying to get Poland to pay for land and buildings left behind by expelled Germans.
The group, which says it has German lawyers ready to provide assistance, wants to win compensation for property from which the Nazis forced Polish citizens after the German invasion of
in 1939. “The lawyers are going through the docu-ments,” Arciszewska-Mielewczyk told the daily Gazeta Wyborcza. “I think we will begin the legal battle by the end of the year.” Poland
The controversy reached fever pitch in
last month after Rudi Pawelka, the head of the Prussian Trust, said that within weeks his group would file up to 10 lawsuits in international courts for the return of lost real estate. Poland
Warsaw Mayor Lech Kaczynski has also pitched in, calling up a team of experts to estimate the city’s war losses, which could then be presented to the Germans if they go ahead with their claims. The bill, which includes only physical damage to the city, comes out to a staggering $39 billion in today’s terms. Authorities in other cities have voiced interest in estimating their losses as well.
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(Die Preußische Treuhand GmbH & Co. KG a. A.)Silesian Homeland Association (statement), also headed by Rudi Padwelka.
This organizations's preceding honorary chair was Dr. Herbert Hupka:
Hupka, to 15.08.1915 on Ceylon born, here were its parents during a sea voyage to China from the British to beginning of the 1. World war in a camp interned, fighter had to accept heavy strokes of fate against injustice and forgetting in his life and became. Early it lost the father, who succumbed to an influenza after the release of the family 1918 from British shank in Australia during the travel to Germany, weakened by many missing. Its child and youth years spent Hupka in city loved today from it to the Ratibor in Upper Silesia.
Injustice at the family Hupka found its continuation among the national socialists. His mother, classified as a so-called half Jewess, suffered in the KZ Theresienstadt. It was arrested because of its descent 1944 as unworthy to bear arms from the armed forces to dismiss and. When it returned to the war with his mother to Ratibor, this brought it a new arrest, this time by Poland and later driving out. [emphasis added]