Poland says it has been waiting years for Germans to talk about real reconciliation

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski wiel Senk has admitted that Germany has been ignoring Poland’s expectations for years

Poland says it has been waiting years for Germans to talk about real reconciliation


Asked by a reporter whether the deputy foreign minister believes in reconciliation with Germany, the official said:
“The paradox is that we have intensive economic, social, youth exchanges, open and intensively used political channels at all levels. And yet, in many cases, we have been waiting for years for the Germans to take the concrete actions necessary to talk about real reconciliation and partnership.”

Szymon Szinkowski wiel Senk concretised the claims, starting with the Polish-German Good Neighbourhood Treaty of 1991.

“Pursuant to the provisions of the treaty, we allocate about 150 million zlotys annually for German language teaching for the German minority. On the other side of the river Oder there is a Polish minority, about 1.5 to 2 million people, ten times bigger, and the funds allocated by the state authorities for teaching the Polish language are only a few million euros a year. It is a big flaw in our relations”.

Furthermore, Szymon Szynkowski wiel Sęk reminded that numerous properties of the Union of Poles in Germany that were confiscated by the Germans have never been returned. This refers to the social organisation of the Polish diaspora in Germany, active between 1922 and 1939. With the rise of the war criminal Hitler, the Union of Poles was liquidated, assets confiscated, and some 1200 members shot or killed in concentration camps of the Third Reich.

“The state of this property is a disgraceful showcase of Polish-German relations! If we can’t solve such small issues, how do we deal with bigger ones? There are specific promising statements by Laschet on the subject. Having learnt lessons from years of disappointing experience, we are waiting for action”, –  the Polish deputy foreign minister concluded.


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