Greece Inaugurates Special Committee to Pursue WWII Reparations from Germany

by Philip Chrysopoulos – Apr 1, 2015

The special committee that will pursue war reparations, the repayment of the loan received during the occupation and the return of stolen archaeological treasures from Germany starts work today.

The committee convenes a few days after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras returned from Berlin where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the crucial negotiations with international creditors, the biggest of which is Germany.

Head of the committee is Parliament President Zoe Konstantopoulou, indicative of the importance the Greek government has given the issue.

The all-party parliamentary committee will continue and complete the collection of data and evidence to document the case, using indisputable historical data that will effectively strengthen the Greek argument. The committee will cooperate with all pertinent European and international organizations and agencies to collect data and will collaborate with organizations that have dealt with similar cases. It will also organize conferences and lectures on the subject.

The committee is the initiative of the parliament president and all parties agreed to participate, stressing the importance of national unity on the issue.

First vice president of the committee is Parliament Vice President Alexis Mitropoulos, second vice president is Yiannis Balafas, third vice president is Despoina Charalampidou, fourth vice president is Nikitas Kaklamanis, fifth vice president is Spyros Lykoudis and sixth vice president is Giorgos Lamproulis.

Greece will pursue compensation for damages and deaths caused by the German occupation forces in 1941-1944. It will also ask for repayment of a loan the Greek government was forced to give Germany during the occupation. Finally, the committee will ask for the return of archaeological treasures stolen by the Nazi forces at the time.

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