Exhibition on Polish losses during WW2 in the UK Parliament

An exhibition on Polish losses during the Second World War will be unveiled on Thursday, 14 September. The event will take place from 12:30pm to 2:30pm in the Churchill Room in the House of Commons.

The event will feature remarks from distinguished guests, including:

  • Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk, Polish Secretary of State of Europe and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • His Excellency Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador of Poland to the United Kingdom
  • Mr Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham and Chair of the APPG on Poland
  • Mr Justin Maciejewski, Director of the National Army Museum.

It’s been a full year since Poland handed over the invoice for war reparations to its neighboring Germany. Over the past 12 months, the Polish administration has been exerting pressure on Germany to secure reparations for the damages inflicted on Poland by the Third Reich during World War II.

On September 1, 2022, “The report on the losses suffered by Poland as a result of the German aggression and occupation during the Second World War, 1939-1945” was made public. This comprehensive report was compiled by the Parliamentary Task Force for Calculating the Compensation Owed to Poland by Germany for Damages Incurred During World War II, under the leadership of Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a member of the Law and Justice Party. A team of 30 scholars, including historians, economists, property valuation experts, and reviewers, contributed to the extensive document. A condensed version of The War Report in English is accessible here.

Minister Mularczyk paid a visit to London three months ago to present the Report on war reparations for Poland. In addition to numerous meetings with ministers, Members of Parliament, British peers, representatives from Polish and British diplomatic authorities, and the Polish diaspora, he also had the opportunity to deliver an English-language copy of the Report to the Library of the House of Commons. Every MP now has the chance to examine and understand the extent of Poland’s wartime losses.

The Independent Research Team Foundation and the Transatlantic Alliance Foundation prepared the exhibition thanks to the materials from the Institute of Polish War Losses and the Polish National Foundation. The exhibition is held under the honorary patronage of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński.

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