[Marxism] Greek gov't: Germany owes us 279 Bn Euros in WWII reparations

Dayne Goodwin daynegoodwin at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 03:00:12 MDT 2015

Germany owes Greece 278.7 bln euros in WWII reparations: Greek deputy FinMin
Xinhua, Beijing
April 7 <http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-04/07/c_134127764.htm>

ATHENS -- Germany owes Greece about 278.7 billion euros (about 307
billion U.S. dollars) in reparations for WWII, Greek Deputy Finance
Minister Dimitris Mardas said on Monday, addressing a special
parliamentary committee set up to seek the routes of Greece's current
debt crisis.

The Greek official cited "reliable estimates" made by Greece's General
Accounting Office, which were based on archives examined by experts.

According to Athens, Germany owes today at least 10.3 billion euros
for the forced loan granted to Nazi forces at the time and 268.4
billion euros for damages in infrastructure and compensations to

Mardas noted that in 1946 in Paris the reparations were estimated at
about 341.2 billion U.S. dollars.
. . .
Greece's newly elected Leftist government has revived an old campaign
to seek war reparations from Berlin for WWII Nazi crimes and an
occupation loan.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who raised the issue also during
his recent visit to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, has stressed that it was not connected to the ongoing
negotiations with creditors on the resolution of the Greek debt crisis
and Germany's insistence that Athens sticks to a painful fiscal
adjustment and reform drive.

However, statements on WWII reparations made by Greek cabinet
ministers in recent weeks which have been dismissed as "inflammatory"
by the German government, have indirectly linked the two issues.

For Berlin the case has closed from 1960 when Germany paid to Greece
about 60 million euros.

Athens argues that this sum covered only some compensation for victims
of Nazi crimes, but not for the destruction on Greece's economy during
the occupation.

Greece Demands US$300bn in War Reparations from Germany
TeleSur, April 6

After decades of failed attempts for war damages from Germany, the
Greek government is pushing like never before. Germany owes Greece
nearly €279bn (US$305bn) in reparations for the brutal Nazi occupation
of the Mediterranean country, the Greek deputy finance minister
sensationally claimed Monday.

After decades of failed attempts for war damages from Germany, the
Greek government is pushing like never before.

A payout, advocated by Prime Minister and leader of Syriza party
Alexis Tsipras, would include the return of archaeological artifacts,
the return of an “occupation loan” that the Nazi's made their
conquered pay, plus compensation for atrocities like slaughter of
Distomo when 218 Greeks were massacred in a single say.

Survivors of that ordeal say that the Nazis, going from room to room
"bayoneted babies in their cribs, stabbed pregnant women, and beheaded
the village priest.”

The demand is sure to cause yet more animosity between Athens and
Berlin, which has already been at loggerheads with Tsipras's
government over its desire to renegotiate its debt payback plan.

Greece puts a figure on World War Two reparation claims from Germany
by Karolina Tagaris
Reuters, April 6

ATHENS - Greece's deputy finance minister said on Monday Germany owes
Greece nearly 279 billion euros ($305.17 billion) in reparations for
the Nazi occupation of the country.

Greek governments and also private citizens have pushed for war
damages from Germany for decades but the Greek government has never
officially quantified its reparation claims.

A parliamentary panel set up by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's
government started work last week, seeking to claim German debts,
including war reparations, as well as the repayment of a so-called
occupation loan that Nazi Germany forced the Bank of Greece to make
and the return of stolen archaeological treasures.
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