‘Poland is guided by national interest’, said Polish Minister of Internal Affairs Joachim Brudzinski in reaction to U.S. senators letter addressed to Polish prime minister Monday.
59 US senators said the Polish draft legislation would “adversely affect Holocaust victims and their heirs”.
The bill, announced by Polish Deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki last year, would see compensation paid out to people whose real estate was confiscated by Poland’s communist regime.
Under the bill, claimants would be entitled to cash payments worth 20 percent or bonds worth 25 percent of the value of the properties at the time of their “nationalization”, Jaki said last year.
But the US senators noted that the bill would require claimants to hold current Polish citizenship and would limit compensation to spouses, children or grandchildren.
In an interview for Polish state radio, Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said Polish officials would reflect “calmly” and that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s response would “take into consideration … the interests of the Republic [of Poland], because that is what we are primarily guided by”.
“Poland is a democratic and sovereign country and in this exceptionally significant and important case we will be guided by our own decisions and the interests of our country,” Brudzinski said.
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You can read a copy of the signed letter here.